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Any recent experience of the John Radcliffe maternity in oxford?

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readysetcake Mon 05-Feb-18 10:43:36

Due in May. I live in Banbury and gave birth at the Horton hospital last time and it was brilliant. It has now been down graded to a midwife unit only (no Obstetric Doctors on site) and any complications in birth you need to be transferred to the JR. This can take an hour if it’s in the middle of the day, even if you are blue lighted sad, which quite frankly scares the shit out of me. I.e what if I heamorage after birth, baby gets stuck and needs to get out quickly or a million other things that can go wrong at the last minute in labour. I know midwives are cautious and any sign of trouble early they would send you off. But it’s the last minute emergencies and the transfer time that scare me. So perhaps I should just cut my losses and go straight to the Jr when I’m in labour. They do have a midwife unit on site but I’ve heard you can never get in it as it’s so busy and also heard a couple horror stories of friends who gave birth a few years ago. Lack of space and midwife care due to sheer numbers of women in labour going. (The area the hospital now serves is huge) I’m starting to feel anxious about it already.

So anyone given birth there recently or know someone that has? If it’s really bad I’ll look to give birth out of county. (I’ve posted this in pregnancy and childbirth to get as many responses as I can).

KimmySchmidt1 Mon 05-Feb-18 17:30:36

I know the obstetrics doctors there and they are excellent. Not given birth there.

MrsCaecilius Mon 05-Feb-18 18:13:07

I'm near Banbury too but very early days do just considering options. Live the idea of the midwife led unit at the Horton, but the lack of onsite obstetricians is a worry. I've got my booking in appointment at Warwick hospital on Saturday and will talk to the midwife there, but see that the QCQ have rates it's maternity services as 'needing improvement ' which is also worrying!! Not sure what to do....

readysetcake Tue 06-Feb-18 07:20:25

Oh @MrsCaecilius I hadn’t heard that about Warwick. That’s worrying! Can you let me know what your midwife says? It’s not a nice choice to be faced with. If they hadn’t changed the Horton I wouldn’t even be questioning where to give birth.

My final fall back option is to move back home to Hampshire with my mother and give birth at the hospital close to her which has excellent reviews 😂

MrsCaecilius Tue 06-Feb-18 18:17:47

My mum's in Hampshire too!!
I'll let you know after I've spoken to the midwife on Saturday. Feels like Hobson's Choice at the moment. I naively thought there would be good local maternity services wherever I was....

HamletMouse Tue 06-Feb-18 20:06:17

I gave birth there in Dec 2016 so not recent recent but not years ago either. It was great, honestly. I did have to wait for my induction but midwifes were lovely, doctors were lovely- the anaesthetists were more than lovely.

I had to have an emergency caesarian and had to labour in the obstetrics unit due to high blood pressure but I did have a false alarm a few days before actual labour and the midwife suite was completely empty and would have been admitted if it was real labour. It looked nice and comfy to labour in too.

Afterwards, I was in the recovery ward where the midwives were so reassuring and when I was on the general ward, they were always willing to help especially with establishing breastfeeding. I have depression and when I was getting stressed and emotional they actually gave me a private room and I was treated with a lot of sensitivity. Please feel free to PM me if you have any specifíc questions, happy to help smile

readysetcake Wed 07-Feb-18 22:32:45

Thank You for your reply @HamletMouse it sounds like you had a great experience there! I must admit I’ve never heard anyone have a bad word to say about the staff, which is very reassuring. Thanks for sharing 😊

MrsCaecilius Mon 12-Feb-18 17:25:40

Hi @readysetcake - I had my booking in with a lovely community midwife on Saturday at Warwick hospital and she did s good job of reassuring me. She said there had been another service review in Dec and that the hospital is doing well and that a new MLU is due to open this summer, which I'm really keen on. At the moment I'll probably go there - closer than the JR!

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