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just had a run in with the maternity ward bounty photographer

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And having previously defended them and loved my pictures of my eldest children todays 'rep' has made me agree they need to be removed from wards!

She arrived originally before breakfast turned on the lights and opened curtains waking me and the other Mum up, then continued to talk over the peadiatrician who was checking my dd over.

Eventually she sulked off but apparently came back when I was asleep (how dare I?) Last time she came back as I'd just settled dd and was eating lunch which had just arrived.

I said No photos at the minute thanks she got most insistant that its for security reasons?? (I'm going home today) and said she'd just lean round and take them, dd was asleep on my lap in a v pillow whilst I ate. I said again, not right now I'm eating she left brochures and went off muttering quite loudly.

I'm hormonal so ofc this has upset me, but not as much as the first time mum across they way! WHY are these people allowed to just walk around a maternity ward being so fucking rude!

SusieSausages Fri 21-Dec-12 13:23:57

I couldn't agree more. Had a run in with a Bounty woman after DS was born. DS and I were both exhausted, fast asleep and she shook me to wake me up, then got all huffy when I politely asked her to go away.

"You're not the only woman in the world with a new baby, you know." Or words to that effect.

Rude cow. I complained to the midwife but she just shrugged and looked at me like I was a bit strange.

CatchingMockingbirds Fri 21-Dec-12 13:24:16

I don't understand the 'for security reasons' part?

EuroShagmore Fri 21-Dec-12 13:24:23

I really don't get why this is allowed.

SusieSausages Fri 21-Dec-12 13:25:21

I don't get it either. How they can lie like that and get away with it. It was only from reading posts on here that I knew it was a load of rubbish or I would've believed her.

CatchingMockingbirds Fri 21-Dec-12 13:25:30

Actually, I don't understand the whole thing, who are the bounty people and why are they in the hospital?

gemdrop84 Fri 21-Dec-12 13:26:38

oh state they are so bloody rude and don't seem to take no for an answer! I was kept overnight after having dd, bounty lady waltzed in early in morning, told her we weren't interested, muttered something about photos for security reasons and we would need our pack, said she'd come back. I was sat trying to bf dd who just didn't want to latch and each time we seemed to get somewhere she would burst in the door wanting to take a photo, I got stressed out each time she came in which obv didn't help with the bf situation. Dp sent her on her way in the end.

NameGotLostInCyberspace Fri 21-Dec-12 13:27:37

Does anyone know if the hospital gain anything from this? Just curious as to why this shit is allowed!

By all means, offer to take pics by no means WAKE a sleeping Mum or disturb in general.

Very confused about this set up? confused.

CelticPromise Fri 21-Dec-12 13:28:22

Oh I HATE the Bounty bollocks. I was far too polite to the woman who came to see me and asked where DS was. Er, he's three months early so try intensive care!

Icelollycraving Fri 21-Dec-12 13:28:36

I assume they pay for the privilege. I got v pissed off with them,v v persistent,I am a sucker for anything to do with ds but felt I really didn't want pictures of him on a fluffy bit of fabric that had been under a trillion other babies (v pfb!).
I did complain though when I was back in hospital a week after having him,he stayed at home with dh as I was v unwell. She breezed in 'where is your baby?' blah blah. I found it hideously insensitive. Ds was fine at home,what if he wasn't?

jinglebellyalltheway Fri 21-Dec-12 13:29:45

it is SHOCKING that these buisness reps are allowed on the ward at times of day when your own mother is not!

they need to be banned!

when I declined politely I was told that if she didn't tick me off it'ld look like I was trying to fiddle getting extra packs - I said I didn't want any packs! She tried to bull shit me that I wouldnt' get a child benefit form without one! (total bollocks) then took a photo anyway and said something like "well that's the best picture you'll get of one like that!" then went over to the woman opposite and started coooing about how beautiful THAT one was! and how SOME babies are such a joy to photograph sad

it is a terrible company, well known on boards for women that lost babies or had premies for their total lack of sensitivity (e.g. continuing to send child's birthday brochures to households where the baby died after being asked to remove the family from the mail list repeatedly! )

PLEASE complain formally to the hospital! It is totally wrong that a buisness can agressively target women on the post natal ward! you should be safe there!

SenoritaViva Fri 21-Dec-12 13:29:54

I had heard about them; so disappointed there wasn't one when I had DS. I was itching for a run in with one!!!

Hospitals are paid by Bounty for allowing their data-mining to take place in postnatal wards angry

crikeybill Fri 21-Dec-12 13:30:12

Ive had 3 kids and never been approached by the Bounty people once !! They were hovering about when dd2 and Ds1 was born as I heard them but they didnt approach me.

Maybe my babies were ....ugly sad

gemdrop84 Fri 21-Dec-12 13:30:31

I didn't/don't understand the security reasons thing either....

I told them I wasn't interested and the woman twittered on and on about how I couldn't claim CB unless she took my details and gave me a Bounty pack. Pointed out that the forms are printable online and she got all humphy, even more so when the woman in the next bed also told her to go away grin

NameGotLostInCyberspace Fri 21-Dec-12 13:31:35

My own experience wasn't as severe but annoying. She came every day (I was there for 4 nights) but there was alot going on. She didn't seem to get that we were busy.
I felt "put upon" to say the least.

mamij Fri 21-Dec-12 13:33:00

I never had the privilege of having one around when either DDs were born. Sounds interesting though!

jinglebellyalltheway Fri 21-Dec-12 13:33:21

"Does anyone know if the hospital gain anything from this? Just curious as to why this shit is allowed!"

they pay the hospital for every set of details which they then sell on

they have been known to TAKE women's addresses from the front of their notes where the woman has been too unwell or unwilling to give them herself

They also negotiate extra perks for their reps such as parking permits, so your nurse/doctor that is comming and going alone at all hours of day and night may be declined a parking permit, but your Bounty rep will have one angry

quoteunquote Fri 21-Dec-12 13:34:19

and if you refuse as you should to give your baby details they steal the details off the board,

they make their money selling your babies details to other companies, all you get is some token , a nappy, and bum cream, really worth selling your babies details for,

there is very little that I hate in life, I save the word for when I mean it, if the CEO of bounty and I got in a life only one of us is getting out alive,

I actually give myself a pat on the back occasionally because I some how have managed to control myself and not tracked the bastard down, he should be grateful I have other children, as prison on it own isn't enough of a deterrent.

because bounty sell dead baby details, no matter what you do if you are the parent of a dead baby you can do nothing to stop bounty repeatedly selling your dead baby details for years and years,

particularly annoying if when the bounty vultures came around you went out of your way to not allow them the details, and they took them anyway,

sorry to rant but I hate fucking bastard leech culture bounty bastards all of them from the women that stalk and steal from the wards, to the head of the company. turds the lot of them.

off to breath deeply now.

NameGotLostInCyberspace Fri 21-Dec-12 13:35:29

Bloody disgraceful! Petition anywhere??

Sunnywithachanceofjinglebells Fri 21-Dec-12 13:36:48

They sound fecking awful.

jinglebellyalltheway Fri 21-Dec-12 13:37:06

I fucking hate them too, I really really hate them! I am worried that I will end up a red faced shaking shouting wreck if they come NEAR me this time!

FreePeaceSweet Fri 21-Dec-12 13:37:12

I wrote it in my last birth plan that they weren't to come near me. That may sound extreme but as one pulled my curtain back as my dh was applying antiseptic stuff to my stitches and just stood there laughing rather than apologising, closing the curtain and walking away during my second birth I felt more than justified.

CatchingMockingbirds Fri 21-Dec-12 13:38:04

Oh god they sound awful, I was in hospital for 4 days when I had DS but didn't meet any. I'll be on the look out with this baby though when the time comes and will tell them to bugger off!

So what do they actually do? I've been given bounty packs while pregnant but that's it.

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