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Portland or Lindo Wing for Christmas CSection birth

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CupcakeChica Fri 16-Oct-20 15:56:20

Hi all,

I'm looking for some opinions/advice/insights to help me make a decision on which of these 2 hospital to choose to have my baby who's due around Christmas. It will be my 3rd CS (1st was an emergency CS (NHS) after 18 hours in labour and 2nd was an elective CS (Portland).

I'm currently booked at the Lindo because I really had to make a choice, but I have until early next week to switch without incurring any fees.

My amazing consultant works in both hospitals and so is flexible in terms of whichever I end up choosing.

My 2nd birth at the Portland was lovely. No complaints really. With that, I initially tried booking at the Lindo however there was no availability, hence ended up at Portland. Now that I have to do it again I'm very confused especially having read a few reviews both for and against both hospitals.

Also worried about Covid concerns, after care, midwife care - read a very negative Lindo midwife review - sad and whether I'll be able to have hubby with me. as at now both hospitals will allow a birth partner. I know Lindo wasn't allowing partners earlier on in the year...this has changed 'for now' it seems. Worried of what could happen by Christmas and staffing over the holidays. Just all round anxious sad

Will be grateful to receive all comments/opinions to help me in this decision.

Thanks xx

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Cocomarine Fri 16-Oct-20 16:28:34

Why are you even considering Lindo if you have personal experience that Portland was “lovely”? You haven’t given any reason here why you’d pick Lindo instead.

nosswith Fri 16-Oct-20 16:32:34

One should consult with the mother of one's third, fourth and fifth line of the Royal Succession about this, as one's Royal Children were born in the Lindo wing, including the second in line to the throne.

(I was born elsewhere in the hospital as my mum worked there!)

CommunistLegoBloc Fri 16-Oct-20 16:35:01

After reading about and hearing about how unprepared and inept the Portland is for any neonatal distress and need for NICU intervention, I'd personally be moseying back to the NHS. Nice rooms and a cream tea ain't worth that risk...

CupcakeChica Sat 17-Oct-20 14:37:04

@Cocomarine I think it’s because the Lindo was my first choice for having my daughter (being attached to an NHS hospital etc) a couple of years ago. When there was no availability there, I went to the Portland. You’re absolutely right, returning to the Portland should be a foregone conclusion because my experience there was a positive one.

It’s just that I’ve read quite a few reviews that mention the absence of a full functioning intensive care facility at the Portland. They do have an adult high dependency unit. I’ve googled the difference between an AHDU and and ICU but it’s all still a bit abstract to me. Does anyone know if the difference matters greatly? By the way, I’ve also read not so great feedback about the Lindo shock

@nosswith I should really consult with the said individuals should I really grin

@CommunistLegoBloc According to the Portland there is a NICU onsite for babies born after 32 weeks. (I’m starting week 30 today.) I have read a lot of comments about the Portland not having an on-site NICU though. Maybe this is from a long time ago...

What do you think of this....

Really appreciate all the responses and happy to receive further insights or perspectives.

Many thanks halo

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JanewaysBun Sat 17-Oct-20 14:57:27

I would on balance go for the place you had a good experience before.
I don't have experience of the lindo but know lots of positive experiences from the Portland/had some treatment there.

Although the lack of adult icu is something to consider but maybe less risk with a c section?

CupcakeChica Sun 18-Oct-20 10:08:35

Thanks @JanewaysBun I completely got that flowers

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SapatSea Sun 18-Oct-20 11:39:21

Does your consultant have any thoughts on it for your sepcific needs? since he uses both.

LabiaMinoraPissusFlapus Sun 18-Oct-20 12:08:15

Having had experience of both I would not bother with paying for the arse licking, go with the NHS, and buy a Boodles ring with the savings. Elective sections on the NHS are far better than emergency ones.

rebeccacntu Sun 18-Oct-20 12:39:09

I just booked at lindo wing and will give birth in early November. Hope it will be a good experience as for Portland the only thing I am concerned about is the NICU charge

Phoebesgift Sun 18-Oct-20 14:40:55

If anything goes wrong you and your baby will be safer in an NHS hospital.

Missandra Sun 18-Oct-20 14:48:24

I had my first two at the Portland and my third on the NHS. There was honestly no difference in the level and quality of my care. I incorrectly believed that by going private I was buying a better experience, I was very wrong.

MrsPatrickDempsey Sun 18-Oct-20 14:55:00

The lack of an icu would really bother me. Agree what pps have said about elective CS in the NHS.

lboogy Sun 18-Oct-20 15:01:49

How much is it to have a c section at the Lindo wing?I saw £30k quoted somewhere once but didn't believe it could be real

I had a c section on the nhs but had recovery in a private room. £650 for 2 days stay. I'd do it again too

CupcakeChica Thu 22-Oct-20 16:29:05

Thanks ladies for your comments. All very much appreciated and will in some way influence my decision I believe. Sleeping on it one more night and then I decide tomorrow brew

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ikeairgin Thu 22-Oct-20 17:14:51

I had two c/s's and I chose a smaller closer to home on for the second - w/o realising that there wasn't an nicu on site.

I was high risk but my baby wasn't supposed to be - so the outcome was that he ended up 10 miles away from me - having had to be transferred.

When anyone asks me - I say IME if you are planning to be in hospital then go for the one with all the facilities, otherwise you may as well have a homebirth - but that's just my opinion.

fancytiles Mon 16-Nov-20 17:27:32

Which one did you chose? I delivered at the lindo last December and thought it was good aside from the odd bitchy midwife. I was thinking Portland for next time

CupcakeChica Mon 16-Nov-20 20:29:44


I chose the Portland in the end.

My choice was based on these:
- being classified as low risk
- high dependency unit available on site for mothers at the Portland
- my previous positive experience at the Portland

Only downside - if I can count it as one at all - is the additional cost of care for baby in NICU if required.

However I’m being super positive and so that is not a scenario that I’m thinking about smile (fingers firmly crossed!)

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Verite1 Mon 16-Nov-20 20:37:07

I had 2 births at Lindo and would highly recommend it.

fancytiles Mon 16-Nov-20 23:15:05

@CupcakeChica I'm sure you can't go wrong with your choice but sounds like a logical decision smile
I am sure you won't need the NICU.
Do report back and tell us how it went! And congrats!

Hm2020 Tue 17-Nov-20 09:39:14

I looked in to this extensively Portland definitely does have some kind of nicu

CupcakeChica Tue 17-Nov-20 10:31:21

Yes there is a NICU on site at the Portland. However it is not provided as part of the delivery package. So you do end up having to pay extra should you require the NICU.

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