"My Daughters birth experience"

About: Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital

My daughter recently had her first baby at the new Cramlington hospital, she was already over due but was left a whole five days past this time having contractions, she was monitored but still sent home, by the time five days of contractions had passed she was so tired and distressed they gave her an epidural to ease the pain so she could get some rest to start all over again but the baby's heart rate plummeted down to 50 plus other complications and my daughter was took away for an emergency caesarean section, this strict policy of leaving people 10 days no matter what is ridiculous and dangerous, we are in the 21st century it is not acceptable to think everybody should just suffer through child birth, having said this her after care was very good by all staff after the birth, but her husband was completely ignored by most staff and not even offered a cup of coffee or spoken too, he also was traumatized by the whole experience.

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Response from Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital

Dear Moira,

Firstly congratulations to you and your family on the arrival of the little one, what an exciting time for you all. It sounds as though your daughter has had quite an ordeal, I do hope she is now much more comfortable and enjoying motherhood.

I am very sorry that your daughter experienced such distress whilst waiting for the birth of her baby and that you feel we should have done so much more to intervene at an earlier stage. It is also disappointing to know that your son in law felt ignored by our midwifery team. We will raise these issues with the team.

We want to ensure that whilst our focus is on the mother, that expectant fathers are also as involved as much as possible.

It’s reassuring to know that the care after the birth was very good from your point of view.

Please send my regards to your daughter and her husband.

All the best,


Annie Laverty – Director of Patient Experience