"Not enough support at Tameside neonatal"
Posted by smo (as ),
May 2005, I was 7 months pregnant and admitted to St. Mary’s hospital in Manchester due to bleeding. They could not find the cause but kept me in. After a few scans, they said I had most probably been pregnant with twins, as I had a 2nd placenta and that was bleeding. They induced my birth at 36wks, and unfortunately my daughter wasn’t breathing properly and was a very deep purple colour and was whisked away to scbu. I visited everyday, although I myself was unwell. Anyway, after a few days scbu needed her bed for more tinier sicker babies and we were transferred to Tameside neonatal unit.
My daughter went ahead of me, she hadn’t started feeding yet, as she was tube fed breastmilk and we made it very clear to staff at St Mary's and the specialist ambulance crew that took her that she was to be breastfed. When I finally arrived a few hours later, to the maternity ward, I wanted to go straight to see my baby, but the midwifes kept telling me that I couldn’t and this just kept upsetting me until they gave in. I arrived in neonatal to find my partner trying to bottle feed the breastmilk to our daughter, I asked him what he thought he was doing and he said the nurses had told him that they had spoke to me on the phone and that I had instructed them to try bottle-feeding and not to wait for my arrival, this of course was untrue. I found it extremely difficult to try and get her to latch on to my breast following this, and was advised by Tameside hospital to either give up and give her aptimal (which they gave her whilst I wasn’t around, and I saw written in her notes I never gave consent and nor did the father), or bottle feed her my breastmilk.
My daughter was in their care for 3wks, and every day I would come to see her I would find her in a bed full of her own vomit with a paper towel shoved under her head on top of more vomit. When I raised this issue with the neonatal nurses, they told me it was my job not theirs to keep her bed tidy and that I knew where the clean sheets and blankets were kept. I feel that Tameside neglected my daughter at a vulnerable time in her life.