Birth Voices East Blog
Updates on what we're doing and how your feedback is making a difference
Recently Healthwatch Suffolk recommended that James Paget Hospital should allow all partners to stay after the birth if they wish. It is a topic many people feel very strongly about, both for and against. On the upside, partners could provide additional support, both practically and emotionally. But there would be potential trade-offs for privacy and dignity, not to mention safeguarding of vulnerable people.
The maternity department has asked us to help find out exactly how women and birth partners feel about this - how strong objections might be, and how it could work in practice given the limited space and budget - for example, sleeping on chairs with no food/drink provided - and of course, just curtains separating you from the next family, even during examinations.
We have made TWO surveys - one for mums and one for birth partners (male or female) - to make sure everyone's opinions are listened to (anonymously of course). But we need hundreds of people to repond to make it work, so please fill it in and then help us to share it!
We will also be holding a DROP IN DISCUSSION AND PLAY SESSION on 18TH JANUARY AT KIRKLEY CHILDRENS CENTRE at 10-12. There will be toys for the little ones and an opportunity for anyone wishing to talk about this subject or any other aspect of local maternity care (induction, postnatal depression etc) to come along, have a cup of tea/cake and a chat.
We also have the formal committee meeting booked for the 22nd of February at Hopton Village Hall, this is where we mums (no dads yet unfortunately - would be useful) meet with senior maternity staff as well as other professionals from the CCG, Public Health, and Healthwatch amongst others to talk through the feedback responses and what can be done to address them. Please let us know if you are interested in attending - the formal meeting is not normally for discussing individual experiences but more if you are interested in hearing about and suggesting ways to improve different aspects fo amternity care, or helping us gather feedback, promote and organise!