Choosing a Maternity hospital (North London)(5 Posts)
Can you help? Just found out that I am pregnant (GP calculated about 5 weeks) and I am trying to find a hospital for self-referring for my first appointment with a midwife. My GP suggested that the three hospitals that are nearest are the Whittington in Archway, the Royal Free in Hampstead and the UCLH in Euston.
Do you have any experience/can you recommend any of these three (for my antenatal care/appts and then delivery)? And do you have any experience of the birth centre of any of these hospitals?
Or...is there another hospital that you can recommend, that is not miles away from these places?
Any help/advice highly appreciated! Thanks so much! x
Ive had 2 children at whittington. (Chose it because of the cat logo !?) . ive been through the works- midwives, home birth planning, induction, pool, birth centre, labour ward, consultants, birth reflections thing, perinatal mental health team (which not all hospitals have) , vbac workshop, 2 emergency c sections ( one being very complicated and difficult), recovery wards, post natal ward, neonatal intensive care... Basically theyve saved me and my daughters lives and i think they are great. Ask me any questions!
Post natal ward is just horrible and obviously theres going to be the odd person you clash with or says the wrong thing .
Another Whittington vote here. Although agree postnatal ward not so good (tho I think that is fairly typical wherever you are). However if you have a straightforward birth centre delivery and no issues with you or baby afterwards you can stay in your birth centre room until you're discharged and avoid it.
I've not heard any negative stories from Whittington and only one from UCH (out of a few people).
Ante natal appointments with midwife were handy as they use places away from hospital and nearer home eg. children's centres. UCH you need to go to the hospital.
Dd1 was born in whittington but over 6 years ago. I had appointments at hospital and it was not great until they moved me to birthing centre team. It was good from there on. They also gave me acupuncture sessions from 38 weeks. I had complication requiring me to return to the hospital and they sorted all wonderfully.
One thing to watch out for... I had a second degree tear which I think was much more than that. After birth mw looked at it and said let me see if I can sort it out on my own without taking you to the theater.
That should of been a trigger for us to say no take me to the theater for the consultant to fix. All of my stitches came off and it is really not that great down there.
Thank you all so much for taking the time to reply and for your thoughtful answers! I appreciate it. I was between the Whit and UCL and I eventually opted for UCLH, after discussing with a close friend who had her baby there and had also done a lot of research re hospitals. I've heard mainly good things about both these hospitals though with very few exceptions. I have my first appointment on April 30, so fingers crossed that it will all go well Thanks again x
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