I'm confused by this? Police has said that they have no reason to believe they are in any danger. The post on their facebook says "we have no reason to believe they are higher risk than any mother and new baby" So basically, the news is "woman takes own baby home from hospital"? They havent been officially discharged, but this isnt breaking the law is it? Yes shes 19, but last I checked, 19 is an adult!!
I did exactly the same thing at 19 after being completely ignored in hospital for about 12 hours apart from when staff members told me off for various 'infractions' (one of the crimes being taking my baby with me to the breakfast room with me, as apparently babies were not allowed in there and realising there was little in the way of care, and that the place was filthy. I asked to have the final checks done and they kept coming up with excuses for me to carry on hanging around and hanging around, so in the end I called a taxi and got myself home. I then phoned the midwife and GP and asked them to do the checks at my home.
This may be entirely irrelevant to the missing mother but since we've got onto hideous post-natal care...
I was soooo tempted to help my sister escape from the hideous bullying midwives in the post-natal ward. They were stupid bitches, who got all over-excited that she was on anti-depressants even though a. she'd taken medical advice about this and everything else throughout pregnancy and the doctors and every other midwife up to that point were happy and b. was a student nurse herself at the time.
Her baby was fine wrt diabetes, thankfully, but the 'care' of my sister was awful, leaving her extremely stressed (midwives wouldn't let her rest with her baby). I did wonder if they'd read the wrong notes and got her confused with someone who was known to social services, they were so hostile. The only reason my sister didn't discharge herself was their attitude was so bizarre she worried that they'd contact social services with some invented concern if she did.
Those bitches of midwives did everything they could to make b/f fail, while nagging and criticizing my sister and bossing her about the importance of b/f (which she was perfectly happy to try). Bitches. If the ward this woman left is anything like that, I have ever sympathy with her.
I think there must be more then the police are saying, surly she is not the first person to leave a hospital without being discharged. They must have an address for her so it is worrying if she is not home but hardly news
boffin et al I did the same at 33! post natal care in most UK hospitals can be appalling from my experience and others - you basically have to threaten to leave, or actually do it, before anyone will pay you any attention. I too was warned of dire consequences, your baby might die etc, you must force feed him formula before you will be allowed to leave, you must endure days of sleep deprivation in a filthy ward with a mentally ill women screaming all night and other people's visitors spitting on the floor. Bastards!
I must stress this was at St Thomas' 2004 - sure the care has (must?!) have got better .....
second and third time at local hospital I was out of there like a shot and so never actually saw the PN ward.
If she does have special circumstances, as seems to be the case, I hope she wasn't treated as badly as I and others on this thread were otherwise no wonder she's done a runner.
It wasnt the most awful care for me, but I had no need to be there, second child, booked for a homebirth but had to be induced, he was born at 5.30am and I was told I could go home as soon as DS had been checked by the paediatrician. Except she was busy (obv not complaining about that, I guess she had more important things to do!), which meant I was on the ward for nearly 48hrs longer than I needed to be, and that must effect the care given to the women who do need it?
I had dreadful care after DS2 was born. Left in the same sheets i gave birth in, in a cold room, dithering my ass off, for well over an hour. Fortunately i was so wrapped up in DS that i gave not a single shit. DP changed and dressed DS and helped me into the shower. He was brilliant really.
I wouldn't want to give birth in that hospital again and this was in 2009 so its got worse, not better. The hospital i had DD and DS1 in had closed good care there, both clean and fresh and dressed quickly, they did keep me in for longer though whereas with DS2 i could have left quicker if DP had brought the car seat
Anyway..... the girl is not learning difficulty or the parents violent she is running as she does not want her child taken from her without even being given chance to show she can be a good mum Agreed.
we need to really change how ss is run in this country. they are meant to support parents not frighten them. Agreed.
I wasn't scared of them by the time DS2 came along, there were vague threats from their corner, nothing concrete. I think i rattled their cage so much during the case with DD that they didn't want to touch me with a bargepole. I feel so sorry for people who have babies taken from their arms .. That should not happen in a civilised country. I hope one day people look back in shock and say 'they used to do WHAT!?!?'
I hope mum and baby are well, and safe. If SS is involved or intending to be, i hope they have left this crappy country. Far behind. And go on to have a happy life, together, without having to prove themselves to people with expectaions that are too high and impossible to achieve.