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nasty midwife - anyone had bad experiences?

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rosedavo Tue 06-Jan-15 23:32:13

This is my first pregnancy and I really dont like my midwife and im not sure what to do. At my booking appointment I told her I was on antidepressants for anxiety and that the doctor said I was ok to carry on as I was on a small dose and I could come off when I feel ok, the midwife however made me feel like a bad mother for being on them and told me that 'some women choose to come off them, and they should'. Then at my 16 week appointment I asked some questions about my scan and measurements and she replyed with 'well im not a sonographer so I cant help you.'. Also I wasnt offered a doppler, is this normal?

Gunpowder Tue 06-Jan-15 23:43:24

You can ask to change midwife if you are not comfortable. Her comments about your ADs are bizarre, would trust the doctor who prescribed them instead. Of course you're not a bad mother btw!

AFAIK Doppler isn't standard at 16 wks as sometimes hard to hear heartbeat that early. smile

plinkyplonks Tue 06-Jan-15 23:45:31

Are you able to change mid wife? She does sound horrible tbh sad

Koalafications Tue 06-Jan-15 23:50:35

Her comments re your AD's are odd. I would trust my GP over the midwife, personally as presumably they have been treating you for longer and therefore have a greater understanding of your health. You can always ask for a second opinion from another GP if you are concerned.

I would also look into changing midwife.

rosedavo Tue 06-Jan-15 23:58:27

Yeah im going to ask about a different midwife definatley!

MrsCosmopilite Wed 07-Jan-15 00:05:10

She sounds as delightful as the MW who said to my friend, literally 10 minutes after she'd given birth "Well, you've got a lot of baby weight to lose, haven't you?"

If you can change, then do!

rosedavo Wed 07-Jan-15 00:15:30

Why do people think to say something like that ever, nevermind just after giving birth!

WrappedInABlankie Wed 07-Jan-15 00:21:27

I'd change midwife tbh. Listening to the HB is standard at the 16 week appointment where I am though

SilverStars Wed 07-Jan-15 00:22:49

You can ask to be referred to a mental health midwife if your area has one or to a peri-natal mental health team for assessment - if she questions your medication etc!! In fact in my pregnancy hand held notes there is a whole page for mental health screenings that shows how common it is!!! Ad support should be provided of needed ( not by a community midwife you may be glad to hear!)

Often midwives do not listen for the baby until 24 weeks now.

My appointments are short, factual and onto the next person. I think a good midwife sadly is not as common as I had hoped. Thankfully do not get many appointments.

If you are unhappy you could phone the supervisor of midwives up at the hospîtal a register your complaint about midwife and ask to go to a different place to see a different midwife for 24week appointment onwards?

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