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Parents Help To Shape Town's Maternity Services

Monday April 28 2014

PARENTS and parents-to-be have been meeting up to discuss suggestions on how the town's maternity services can be improved.

The sessions have given people the chance to share their experiences with other service users and healthcare professionals.

Sandra Newman, matron for maternity at the hospital, said: "The group provides invaluable feedback and ideas for improvement which make a real difference to the women and families who choose to have their baby in Barnsley.

"It's important we have the help of people who have actually used, or will be using, our services. I strongly encourage parents and parents-to-be to come along to the sessions to help shape the future of our maternity services."

Sessions take place on the first Wednesday of every month at Wilthorpe Children’s Centre, Huddersfield Road, Barnsley, from 10am until 12pm.

Have you recently used the town's maternity services? Were you happy with your experience? Have your say below.

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Reply Posted by Informed on Tuesday April 29 2014 at 11:56
How many of these "stories" do we have to have on this website? All it does is encourage people to say "I had a wonderful experience at BDGH" and significantly more who just want to whinge who say "I had a terrible experience, would never go there again blah blah blah".

The management at the maternity ward then think that they must have an investigation (despite there being quality control external surveys who give it a clean bill of health, no pun intended) which just demoralises the (generally) very hard working staff.

Informing people that they can go to meetings such as the one mentioned above is fine, but seriously, enough with the midwife bashing now, please.

Reply Posted by babs on Tuesday April 29 2014 at 22:56
Im not here to bad mouth the midwives,but I'm also not going to praise them to the highest either.The woman who dealt with me on triage needs to find a new career cos nearly in full blown labour I was advised to go home and take paracetamol, like that was gonna help,couple of hours later I arrived back at the maternity ward screaming,on my knees, waters breaking, being told I was ready to deliver. I was then dealt with by two polite but inexperienced young midwives who didn't believe that I needed to push and was told to try going to the loo to empty my bladder, thus my son arrived and was caught in the toilet just in time by the midwives.A complete tale of incompetence from start to finish.so not whining or whinging just a crap experience, let's hope lessons were learnt?

ipso Regulated