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plasmon Fri 12-Jan-07 22:48:50

Are you pregnant and live in the Oxford area?
I'm new around here and would like to know what's available, can you help?

Clca Sun 20-Jan-13 20:13:10

Hi Oxford ladies,

I've actually got my 12 week scan at the JR tomorrow!

Thanks for the donnington info- ill certainly look it up.

Where abouts are you guys living?

Yep I've been invited for a research study too .... The free scans are a lovely bonus, will hopefully ask them more tomorrow x

InPraiseofOldHouses Sun 20-Jan-13 19:21:23

Hello! I'm 36 weeks and am planning on giving birth in the JR. Thanks for the heads up about the other Oxford thread, June, I'll have a look. Donnington doorstep does a babies and bump group (info here: ) but I've only just started looking into these things as I've started maternity leave.

ZuleikaD Sun 20-Jan-13 14:05:27

I'm 32 weeks with no 3. Had both the previous two at the Spires (the midwife-led unit up on the top floor of the JR) and can thoroughly recommend! Had quite tough labours both times (first two both back-to-back, am grimly expecting the same with this one) but the midwives there are awesome.

Donnington Doorstep is a drop-in place to take babies and toddlers to play. It's not free like the Children's Centres but I've also heard good things about it - it's just a bit too far for me to schlep with a pushchair.

YokoUhOh Sun 20-Jan-13 13:22:07

I did the research study at the JR: they told me DS would be 9lbs, he was 6lbs 7oz. Take it with a pinch of salt and enjoy the extra pictures!

june2013 Sun 20-Jan-13 13:16:41

Hi InPraise and Clca - I'm also in Oxford, there is a local thread though it's not as active as this one:

Are you giving birth at the JR? Have you been invited to research project with tons of extra scans? How's it been?

Clca Sun 20-Jan-13 09:29:53

I am InPraise!! I'm pregnant with my first too. What is donnington doorsteps?

When are you due?

InPraiseofOldHouses Sun 20-Jan-13 01:37:09

I got excited when I saw this but have just noticed the thread is from years ago! So...anyone here currently living in Oxford? I've heard really good things about Donnington Doorstep, though I'm pregnant with my first and haven't been there yet.

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lollipopmother Sun 14-Sep-08 11:54:24

I've heard that the Spires is the business too, only opened two weeks ago I think and it's on Level 7 of the hospital so should you need any interventions you will be wheeled downstairs instead of needing an ambulance transfer. I was hoping to use it, but I'm now 40+10 and booked for an induction on Thurs, so it looks like I won't be able to, but if I manage to get myself a baby before my induction I shall report back!

2catsand1rabbit Sun 14-Sep-08 08:04:10

Hi, I'm 30 wks and live in Wallingford. I've chosen Wallingford to give birth (midwife run unit.) However, the JR has a brand new Midwife run unit called 'Spires'. Apparently it's fab. They have a birthing pool and sensory room. As it's within the hospital, if you have any problems they can easily transfer you to a doctor.

LiegeAndLief Sat 13-Sep-08 21:23:21

Unfortunately the JR has stopped doing tours of the maternity unit, they now only have a "video tour" - don't know what this involves!

I had ds at the JR 2 years ago. Spent 4 weeks on level 6 in the high risk pg unit and all the mws were lovely, sometimes overworked but always friendly and helpful. It was very clean apart from the bathroom on the recovery ward (spent one night there after cs) which was covered in blood - only used that once though! Oh and the toilets in the reception area in the entrance to the Women's centre were always pretty grotty too.

Have several friends who gave birth at Wallingford and thought it was wonderful. have never heard a bad word about it.

abidgegirl Sat 13-Sep-08 19:59:04

I live near Abingdon and am 24 weeks pregnant with number two. DS is 14 months though so pretty fresh memories of last time - born at the JR and then transferred out to Wallingford for a few days which I can highly recommend. Had a really positive experience in the JR though - just moved out for a bit of 'aftercare' as Wallingford had some spare beds (it was fab). This time I'm hoping to go for the new midwife led unit at the JR which is apparently opening this month, I believe on the 7th floor. Don't know that much about it but my midwife recommended it - and you're only a lift ride away if you need to be transferred to the main delivery suite!

Lots on and around Abingdon - did NCT with DS, am doing a refresher this time round. Recommend the baby cafe in Abingdon for excellent breastfeeding support - also did various activities such as Baby College in Oxford, and Baby Swimming in Abingdon. Have done some of the antenatal pilates that have been mentioned earlier in the thread in Oxford on a Sunday which I'd highly recommend - and also am planning to start aquanatal at the Abingdon leisure centre on a Monday lunchtime (which I didn't do last time as was f/t working - this time p/t so going to give it a whirl).
Will let you know if I think of anything else smile.

titmouse Sat 13-Sep-08 19:34:56

* puts hand up* I live in Oxford, I'm going for a home birth even though I was born at the JR myself!I am encouraged by the positive posts about the JR as I have a complete dread of the place due to family stuff.

I'm not sure what there is around here yet as I am very new to this, nearly 13 weeks, but in my local area (Kidlington) there seems to be a huge number of groups for people with babies and children, not sure about ante natal groups but I imagine I will find out soon.
I have friends with babas in other parts of Oxford and I understand that the Iffley/Rose Hill area is very well served by the Donnington Doorstep family centre.

Lotte28 Sat 13-Sep-08 17:30:59

I'm 18 weeks with my first child and live in Abingdon, does anyone go to or know of Antenatal yoga or aqua in the area or surrounding areas. I work full time so evenings would be great.

PetitFilou1 Sun 16-Mar-08 21:04:50

Plasmon I don't live round there yet but am moving very close to Abingdon in April (am on dc no 3) Abingdon NCT seems quite active, might be worth you contacting them. I'm planning a home birth this time and the local midwives seem very friendly - over the phone at least.

Ivanka Sun 16-Mar-08 15:46:27

Hi guys. I teach antenatal pilates in Jericho (Oxford, 2nd&3rd trimester), Sundays 10-11am.
If you are interested call me on 07818062351.

choosyfloosy Fri 26-Jan-07 21:34:05

Blimey Jamantha. Maybe they've let things slip again

Jamantha Fri 26-Jan-07 21:32:05

Glad that you found the JR clean choosyfloosy. I found the woman's centre fine when I went in for my 12 week scan in December, but a couple of years ago I was in as a day case to have an ovarian cyst drained. As I walked about in the room where they were doing the procedure I noticed the plastic tops they twist off the little tubes of saline for flushing injections etc on the floor under my feet. I only noticed because I was wearing a dressing gown and thick slipper sock things rather than proper slippers, but I wasn't very impressed. I was first one in for the day and they were still getting the equipment set up, so it was likely that the plastic bits hadn't been cleaned up from the day before. I wasn't impressed with the thouoght that the floor hadn't even been swept when they were about to go sticking needles up inside particular parts of my anatomy! (Thankfully no harm done, and cyst was drained with no problems and touch wood no re-occurance, though)

choosyfloosy Fri 26-Jan-07 20:45:54

i had a nappy changed at the JR though I think it may be because I was on a slightly higher risk ward/bay with mums post-C-section as i'd had a postpartum haemorrhage (dreadful name for possibly the least dramatic event of my life, i've had scarier nosebleeds). I thought the JR was pretty good and VERY clean but have heard slightly mixed reviews. Never anything other than rave reviews about the maternity led units like Wallingford.

Tours of the JR maternity unit happen i think twice a week, you can just turn up without booking. well worth it. give them a ring for times here

If you do go to the JR and want to breastfeed, again i'd strongly advise using the breastfeeding clinic (in 2004 it was Monday and Thursday mornings). even if you think everything's fine. I thought everything was fine and would have saved myself a lot of trouble if I'd stuck around and spent half an hour there. But TBH don't expect any other staff member at the JR to encourage you to go there - they are often slightly funny about it, as if its presence is an insult to their ability to support breastfeeding. (no comment).

And finally, if by some miracle you have enormous amounts of money and decide to go for an independent midwife, may I recommend the lovely \link{ Miskin-Garside}. She was my antenatal midwife (NHS) and I have heard all about births she was at, she's brilliant. And if there is one thing I and many others would change about the current NHS system it is the fact that you rarely meet the midwife you have at your birth beforehand. A weird time to make a new relationship. (but don't worry, it's quite doable!)

what a huge post, sorry.

Notquitesotiredmum Fri 26-Jan-07 20:35:15

You certainly don't get any nappies changed for you at the JR! You can have your baby there and then plan to be transferred to a smaller hospital, which sounds like a really good balance, though what do you mean Lilymaid that the midwives brought your baby to you at night? Where do they keep the babies then? At JR your baby is in their cot at your bedside all night (although you are only allowed to have the baby in bed with you to feed, not to sleep all night - think that may be general policy now.)

Lilymaid Fri 26-Jan-07 17:26:09

I had DS2 in Oxford and then transferred to Wallingford (15 years ago). Wallingford was a wonderful place - lovely midwives who brought baby to you at night (and changed their night time nappies) and good food. It sounds as though it is still good!

Notquitesotiredmum Fri 26-Jan-07 17:18:58

Just wanted to add a vote of confidence for the JR delivery suite and for the breastfeeding clinic up on level 5 which is absolutely fantastic.

If you are staying in at the JR after giving birth, I found that the wards are a bit big and impersonal, unlike the smaller cottage hospitals around, but I couldn't fault the Women's Centre, where the delivery rooms are made to be as much like bedrooms at home as possible. The midwives I met were all very supportive. (Though the birthing pool is made of concrete and quite hard compared to the ones you can hire!)

Before you go in, check out which days the breastfeeding clinic is open, and do make sure that you pop in to say hello to them, even if feeding is going well. They are a fabulous and dedicated team, who make you cups of tea and let you stay all day if you need to, whilst your little one feeds. The midwives on the ward are a bit too busy to offer that kind of help/support.

Jamantha Fri 26-Jan-07 17:08:22

Hi, I'm almost 16 weeks in and in Didcot. Am strongly considering Wallingford for the birth if they'll have me. Going to look more into both that and the JR at Oxford though.

Ettenna Fri 19-Jan-07 14:09:07

Thanks Pruni!

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