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Private Room?

(28 Posts)
ladymia Thu 17-Jan-13 16:43:02

The hospital I will be doing to can't guarantee that you will have one (you have to pay for this of course) I was just wondering if it's something you wanted you were able to get on the day?

PurpleStorm Sun 20-Jan-13 18:33:14

I got a private room (without asking, and for free) after DS was born prematurely - not sure if it was because the beds in the 4-bed bays were full, or whether it was because DS was in SCBU and the midwives thought a private room, away from mums with healthy babies next to them, would be less upsetting for me.

flyingsprocket Sun 20-Jan-13 13:31:31

mrsL1984 most people don't choose to give birth in NHS hospitals. In most parts of the country NHS are the only hospitals available to give birth in.

I sincerely hope I can get a private room after giving birth, it's the most intimate hours of DP's & my lives so far. Having read the horror stories of the post natal wards on here, I certainly don't want to be listening to mobile phone conversations at 4am & smelling fast food from the next curtain!

RugBugs Sat 19-Jan-13 16:16:53

The private rooms at my local are £25 and partners are provided with a bed. I swear this info was not in my notes last time, I was cold, hungry and knackered after 2 nights on ward, I would have gladly spent £50 to get to sit on a sofa.
There's a private suite as well but they don't publish the prices for staying there.

teacher123 Sat 19-Jan-13 10:03:32

I mean private room after delivery-as in once you've had the baby smile

NoTeaForMe Sat 19-Jan-13 09:58:50

I'm confused! Do you mean a private room for the actual delivery. Surely you get a private room for delivery in every hospital?

Do you just mean afterwards? You might not stay in anyway so I wouldn't worry too much about that. Or do you mean before?

This is my second baby by the way so I'm not an innocent naive first timer, just confused by what you're talking about!

teacher123 Sat 19-Jan-13 09:54:55

By the time I went into the private room I had had maybe 6 hours sleep in the previous 5 days. I was in labour without sleeping for 48 hours then kept awake after having him for another night as i was poorly then had two nights on the ward after a crash section. I was hallucinating with tiredness, and the other people on the ward were not considerate. Think picnics at 2.30am, shouted phone conversations all day and night, arguments with their partners etc etc etc. babies crying, I could cope with, normal hospital noise, I could cope with. Inconsiderate selfish other people? No thanks. If I had had a straightforward delivery and was going to be in one night, ward absolutely fine. In my circumstances, I would pay for a room every time. As is my right.

toomuchribbon Sat 19-Jan-13 09:49:18

At my (NHS) hospital, UCH, the normal private rooms - 'amenity' rooms - are en-suite and have tv and a bed for partners and are £200 or £250, can't recall. They also have 'amenity plus' rooms which are £500! Not sure what makes them more...
It is central London, but still... slightly crazy prices and you can't book in advance. They are nice enough and the hospital is new, but nothing more than side rooms on general ward (I used to work at the hospital and have seen usual rooms).

I am due in a couple of weeks and as am GBS+ my baby will have to be monitored for 12 hours anyway, regardless of how delivery goes. One night (in one of the cheaper rooms) could be a saviour - I love the idea of DH staying, as does he, and according to friends the post-natal ward is pretty grim - noise, lack of bathroom, general visitor chaos.

mrsL1984 Sat 19-Jan-13 08:33:17

Our local hospital partners do not stay and rooms are priority to scbu thn amenity! So no not quite obvious if u ask me! People choose to have baby in Nhs hospital everyone should be treated the same!!! Sometimes due to capacity your lucky to get the ingle room!! No not telly just ensuite nothing luxurious about it! I'm sorry you had to share room with babies that I would find unacceptable

AlexisCarringtonColby Sat 19-Jan-13 08:29:29

MrsL, because it will be quieter, your partner can stay longer, you sometimes get a telly, you don't have to try and sleep while other women on the ward have a light on or are talking on their phone... quite obvious, really? And yes, babies cry, but you might get a chance of actually sleeping in your own room. If you have to stay in for more than 1 night a private room would be a godsend. I would have given my left arm for a private room, but they were all being used. Instead I had to share a ward for 5 nights with other mums with babies while mine was in SCBU, which was just charming.

forevergreek Sat 19-Jan-13 08:18:27

At ours partners can stay in a private room. And if your baby is sleeping and you are exhausted its nice not to heard other babies screaming ( well in the distance still) so you can gy a little sleep

mrsL1984 Sat 19-Jan-13 08:14:02

Can I ask, if you pay between 70 and 100 pound per 24 hours fr an amenity room, what do u expect to be
Different fr being in a normal room?? U don't get different care, visiting is the same, partner isn't allowed to stay!! I'm just wondering what makes being in your own company worth that money???? Don't tell me it's because babies cry in other rooms.... Babies cry so what?

holidaysarenice Sat 19-Jan-13 08:07:13

Completely random but where I live if you work for the NHS you don't have to pay for it! It doesn't give you any better chance of getting it, but its free if you do!

One of the few nhs perks for free!

teacher123 Fri 18-Jan-13 19:14:43

I was on the ward for 3 days, and then got transferred (at my request) to a private room as soon as it became available. I was quite poorly after having DS, and wasn't getting any sleep at all really. We had to pay about £110 per night. Was worth every single penny. I ended up being in for 8 nights in total, so was expensive. You may not need/want one, but I would advise informing the midwife on duty that you request one so that you can be put on the list.

PaleHousewifeOfCumbriaCounty Fri 18-Jan-13 16:06:35

I got one, husband offered to pay but midwife said it wasnt necessary. Having stayed on a ward i can say i loved the private room. Had my own shower and loo, and it was lovely eating choccy raisins at 1am, reading heat when i was wide awake on adrenaline after the birth!

givemeaclue Fri 18-Jan-13 15:59:46

Ear plugs sorry

givemeaclue Fri 18-Jan-13 15:58:48

If they have one free you can ask for one. I had one en suite as I had twins and couldn't fit them both in ward cubicle. Also before that when they were in special care. Someone else had one had a baby who Was born with some problems and needed an operation. Priorities were sick babies, sick mothers, multiple births. That is why you can't book, they can't know if advance what availability they may have. Take sleepin mask and map plugs . Wards are bright and noisy. I used them even in own room.

TTCmay Fri 18-Jan-13 15:38:12

We have to pay- £60 for 12 hours so £120 per night!!! As Im likely to have a section I am not shelling out that much!!

Paradisefound Fri 18-Jan-13 09:39:39

I am hoping for one. My local hospital delivers on average 90-100 babies per week!! So I know it's far from guaranteed. Best to be prepared to go with the flow.

LovesBeingWokenEveryNight Thu 17-Jan-13 18:25:41

I got one. They'd told me I. Oils go but one mw thought it was better if I stayed, so I did and asked if I could have one she managed to sort it.

PickleSarnie Thu 17-Jan-13 18:23:54

I got one. Didn't ask, didn't pay, didn't have complicated birth. The maternity wing was so full it closed not long after I arrived though so think it was the only room left.

steben Thu 17-Jan-13 18:17:17

I had one - didn't pay but was prepared to - just asked and I got! It was fabulous especially after spending 4 miserable sleepless nights on the ward first time round!

ladymia Thu 17-Jan-13 18:13:25

Ah, i see. hope i get lucky then and manage to get one! Seems a little unpredictable so won't count on having one and hope i can smile

TwitchyTail Thu 17-Jan-13 17:54:28

We have the option of this, if a room is free (it isn't always) - £70 a night or so. Can't book in advance, so I might see what the ward is like first and upgrade if I'm sharing with anyone particularly irritating grin I did get a side room with ensuite just by chance when I was recently admitted and I liked the privacy, although some people might have felt isolated.

nomoreminibreaks Thu 17-Jan-13 17:27:12

Hi. I'd asked for one and was prepared to pay for it. I got it (the only one with an en suite, thank god) and was so grateful, especially as I was there for a few days after an awful birth and couldn't walk. From the stories I heard about the ward it sounded awful.

We never paid for it though - we were in such a rush to leave they never mentioned it. I thought they'd send a bill or ask when we had to go back in with jaundiced DS two days later but they never said anything. I thought it was perhaps because they were partly responsible for my condition after letting me keep pushing for 3-4 hours.

leannac Thu 17-Jan-13 17:17:23

They are in theory available on the day but I couldn't get one as hospital was chocca the day I had dd

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