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I just wanted to say to anyone giving birth at St Michael's hospital in Bristol that I had my daughter there 10 days ago and was given absolutely brilliant care and support by midwife Cath Vernon. She's absolutely lovely and brilliant at her job. I'm sure my baby was born 2 minutes before the end of her shift because I didn't think the next midwife could possibly be as nice as her (although the next midwife, called Kathryn, was also very lovely). So if you end up with her when you give birth you can be confident of great care.
That's really lovely. I also had a fabulous midwife, and was really scared when she disappeared half-way through to teach an ante-natal class. She came back about an hour later, and I was so relieved to see her! Even though the other one was just as lovely.
Lovely to hear! I had both dc there, induction ward was awful as just so busy just left (until found pushing with ds then things moved pretty sharp ish!!) to get on with it.
Labour ward fantastic, couldn't dault them. Post natal ward again just so busy, struggled with bf with my dd (transfers to local hospital next day who were fantastic). Ds just latched straight on but just that they were so busy rather than not helped ifyswim. I'll be there again in three and a half months
I second carrielou. Induction ward is really terrible, no-one would come and see me, they seemed to be too busy hanging out at the nurses station. Only bothered to come & see me when I was already 10 cm & about to pop him out in the loo on my own. The delivery suite staff are excellent though. Post natal, again very poor. I was on a ward next to the entrance to the ward. A meeting room right next to me was being used for training/meeting with all sorts of people attending...hardly great when you're struggling to walk to the loo with newborn to deal with the aftermath of having given birth hours before. I complained (very politely) and was made to feel like to should leave, even though I wasn't breastfeeding properly. The staff seemed to be aware that the new sister had an attitude.
Agree. I gave birth there and on delivery amazing but the ward - bloody awful. Elena once you are in labour you will be fine, just try and get home ASAP after birth as you sure won't get any help once back on the ward (or compassion or kindness in my experience). Jackie was my labour midwife and then Charlotte - excellent.