To think Call the Midwife is too depressing

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jewelledsky Sun 24-Feb-13 20:03:18

for a Sunday night and to almost be tempted by Top Gear as a light viewing alternative? Where is Downton Abbey?

LaVolcan Fri 01-Mar-13 17:33:35

I think the USA's maternal mortality rate is poor too - something like 40th on the list of developed countries. What is worse it's probably an underestimate; there is no consistency in reporting deaths between States, so someone could have died from a complication of childbirth, but because the birth was some weeks earlier, it wouldn't go on the form as the cause.

MonthlyHoliday Fri 01-Mar-13 18:55:11

amber leaf I am sure that if you have a home birth even now there is a 'flying squad' on standby! I remember a friend telling me about it when she had a HB about 7-8 years ago.

Sorry that is just bollocks urban myth. The flying squad on stand by is dialling 999 and asking for an ambulance for either mother or baby. This was told to my friend by her home-birth militant friend, that when you have a home birth an ambulance waits on the corner of your street for the entire labour just in case. She booked in for a home birth until the midwife told her that (during giggling) that no dear, there aren't enough ambulances for that. Now working as a midwife she's embarrassed for believing that during her early training!!

AmberLeaf Fri 01-Mar-13 19:10:45

No it isn't bollocks or an urban myth.

I didn't say or think that it meant there was an ambulance on stand by at the end of your rd!

That is what the midwife called it, I assume it meant that 'they' would be aware of a homebirth happening should the need for transportation arise.

I know that the old style 'flying squad' of obstetrician etc coming to your home is no more, maybe it is just a term that was still used?

In the event my friend was taken in due to shoulder dystocia and a very large baby. As far as I know it was a regular ambulance and paramedics and the two midwives who were at her home already.

But that was definitely what the midwife referred to it as.

LaVolcan Fri 01-Mar-13 23:40:18

I am sure that the old flying squads got disbanded sometime in the 1980s.

I think it varies from locality to locality as to what sort of back up the ambulance service provides these days. I think in some areas the midwives can say they need an ambulance and one will be sent, but in others they have to go through the same procedure as an ordinary member of the general public would. No first hand experience of this - just what I have read.

AmberLeaf Fri 01-Mar-13 23:51:14

Yes I think the traditional styled flying squads went out ages ago.

mrsjay Sat 02-Mar-13 17:58:16

I know im late but I just watched Sundays this afternoon the tears just kept falling I didnt even get any warning sad what a moving episode
I really think CTM is the best thing the BBC has produced in years, I was gripped today and felt drained after watching it <wibble> poor sister Bernadette

landrover Sat 02-Mar-13 18:31:42

I was highly amused a couple of episodes back when jenny was working in the hospital. A man in a hospital bed was told off for smoking! " you know you are only allowed to smoke during visiting hours!" Ash tray sat on his table, soo amazing how things were!

I loved the uniforms in that episode too. Norman Hartnell. My nurses dressing up set looked a bit like that when I was little.
I really want Sister Bernadette to survive and marry the doctor.

stubbornstains Sun 03-Mar-13 10:46:29

I guess obstetric flying squads really aren't needed any more now that we have fast ambulances and midwives in cars! I just loved the idea, and the name....

By the way, a radical hippy friend of mine did have an ambulance sat outside her house during the whole of her labour....with twins. (There was also a gap of an hour between the 2 births, which apparently is a complete no-no, and her partner spent most of that period comforting the midwife! Mother and both babies were absolutely fine, thankfully).

BoffinMum Sun 03-Mar-13 15:22:50

We had to put the hospital on alert when I had DC4, as I have been on a lot of opiates during the pregnancy, and there was a risk of depressed respiration in the newborn, which would have required medication pretty urgently. Otherwise I think the feeling is generally that it's better to transfer someone rapidly in the care of paramedics than attempt to faff about with obstetric procedures at home without the proper equipment, etc.

A fabulous episode yesterday.

LadyApricot Mon 04-Mar-13 22:08:38

Loved every episode so far and last nights was fantastic. Have not watched an episode without crying yet though!

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