Sorry - bit of a rant. My midwife system works as a voicemail and they say they will call you back. I'm 38 weeks now and have left about 12 messages with midwives over the course of my pregnancy and have never received a call back.
Some of the calls were administrative only (once for example one of my regular appointments were rescheduled and the midwife didn't confirm which hospital/surgery they were booked at and I was just trying to get through to find out, which ended up in me missing the appointment), but there was one case where I was feeling ill and needed to know what I could take, and one case of reduced movements. In the end I ended up relying on google for the former and calling the labour line for the second.
It's got to the point where I don't actually feel like I have any support between appointments unless I waste NHS resources by calling up the hospital. Is this normal and am I just being oversensitive, or have I got really unlucky with my midwife team?
I had similar. In the end I went to my GP when I felt something wasn't right. One of the midwives even said to me "you do know you're supposed to ring us when you have a problem don't you? Not your gp" and I said "I do know that but no one ever returns my calls!" To be fair she did look a bit embarrassed and I guess it wasn't her fault but overall I was very unimpressed by the community midwife service.
I think you are really unlucky. Is there a different way to contact your midwife? I’ve usually been told that phoning is unreliable and to email them for non-urgent stuff and either page them or call the labour ward for anything pressing, especially something like reduced movement. If there isn’t another way of contacting them I think I would complain (supervisor of MWs maybe?) you aren’t receiving good enough care.
Mine never called back either. After about 4 months of no messages and seeing a different midwite at each appointment they told me she'd transferred to inpatients and the number didn't work anymore. Thanks for telling me
I've had the same through my 4 pregnancies. Each time gave me my own midwives number and a list of other midwives' numbers to ring and ask for advice, but none of them were ever available and never got back to me. The one time I did get through I felt as though I had really inconvenienced her by phoning, so from then on I would ring the pregnancy assessment unit at the hospital to ask for advice.
When I rung the labour line re reduced movements they were like 'but are you in labour?' and I had to say no, but of every number I've called in the last five hours this is the only one that has picked up. The midwives are v reassuring in person but there's nothing less reassuring when you are panicking than waiting for someone to call you back and not hearing anything...
Actually the only time they did pick up I was worried about pre-eclampsia because my vision had suddenly gone blurry and she told me to make an appointment with my optician so I’m not sure the advice would have been great anyway.
Mine took a whole week to call me for a booking appointment (after I'd chased the doctors twice) - and I burst into tears when she finally called as im so anxious she then gave me the number of the EPU if I had any questions- seems she's not in the answering questions line of business - I know they must be very busy but what is the point of being assigned one?!