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Odd coincidence about ears...

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cleantowels Tue 13-Feb-18 12:39:52

A group of us were talking about our DC's births (as you do when you are having a night out trying to get away from it all grin) and someone said that a nurse(?) (not the midwife) had mentioned that their baby was perfect except for "skin tags" on the ears that needed snipping off. They said this within half an hour of the birth and scared the mum but when she looked, the ears were just fine, just like DHs.

Now, different hospital, but this exact same thing happened to me and I said so, but not just me... FIVE of the women there had had a similar experience. All the ears were fine. All were scared unnecessarily.


Two of them were in the same hospital. All of us are in the same city.

Did this happen to you? Is there a mad nurse out there going around scaring new mothers?!

cleantowels Tue 13-Feb-18 13:02:18

Oh, well just us then!

iamme21 Tue 13-Feb-18 13:07:13

This happened to me 21 years ago. DS has the same ears as me and my dad!

WheresTheHooferDoofer Tue 13-Feb-18 13:08:26

I didn't have this happen to me, but if you are all in the same city it could well be the same person going around.

Could be an agency nurse, accounting for the different hospitals.

cleantowels Tue 13-Feb-18 13:17:24

WheresTheHooferDoofer Yes, this was brought up. Think of the damage one bitter person could do if this was the case.

Lj8893 Tue 13-Feb-18 13:22:00

That's weird! Why did you all see a nurse anyway?

cleantowels Tue 13-Feb-18 13:31:09

Lj8893 Just one of the nurses that come in and out checking after the birth. For me she was lifting DS over to me to BF because I'd had a CS and wasn't to lift him out of his crib myself for first few days. As she handed him over she told me.

Lj8893 Tue 13-Feb-18 13:37:58

I've never heard of nurses working on a maternity ward in the Uk!

Marcine Tue 13-Feb-18 13:40:22

Probably a health care assistant rather than a nurse.

Lj8893 Tue 13-Feb-18 13:41:44

Ah yes that would make more sense!

Very odd though, I would assume it is the same HCA who is agency or works bank shifts in other hospitals.

cleantowels Tue 13-Feb-18 14:09:32

Ah right, wasn't sure whether it was a nurse.

Chwaraeteg Tue 13-Feb-18 14:35:38

They have both nurses and midwives on some of the post natal wards in St Michaels, bristol.

cleantowels Tue 13-Feb-18 14:42:03

This is London. All women work at the same place but come from all over.

Lj8893 Tue 13-Feb-18 14:45:21

I guess it makes financial sense, paying a nurse less to do a midwives job. Just another thing taken away from the midwifery profession. Anyway I'm derailing the thread, I apologise!

cleantowels Tue 13-Feb-18 15:03:34

To clarify, I meant this is London and the women I was out with, who were discussing this, are all from work but live all over the city.

Lules Tue 13-Feb-18 15:03:52

I’m sure I had nurses in London. Didn’t do anything with me but checked the baby, gave him drugs etc. None ever commented on his ears though!

Lj8893 Tue 13-Feb-18 15:09:40

lules if your baby needed extra care (which if he needed drugs it sounds like he did) then he would have had neonatal/paediatric nurses yes.

GimbleInTheWabe Tue 13-Feb-18 19:02:59

Why did she mean by 'skin tags' OP? The ear lobes? Or actual little skin tags that you get sometimes? Bizarre either way!
DS was born at Kings last year and there was no weird skin tag nurse so she either missed me or isn't hanging around anymore!

cleantowels Tue 13-Feb-18 19:40:52

St. Mary's for me Gimble.

With us she was pointing at the Tragus (just looked it up!) Not everyone has a pronounced one and DS and DH's aren't any bigger than average. DS had no skintags at all.

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