bit of a long shot but Im deciding between milton keynes and beford to have my baby ( Northampton is full) and ive not heard good things about either option. Has anyone got any experience of either of them? would be good to have some first hand advice, right now im thinking bedford because they are smaller and have more water bath / birth rooms but Im not sure
I had a so so time at mk. They left me for three days between my water breaking and giving me the drip to induce, they kept giving me pessaries (this is apparently normal for first time mums so may not be mk solely?). Having said that, I felt fully supported during delivery. I had an amazing midwife and student midwife. Ds heart rate started to drop and neonatal staff and suregeon for me were all on hand for if I needed an emcs. I ended up giving birth naturally. The staff were very supportive and helpful with breastfeeding, one staff member sat with me for ages helping me express collustrum. They were also quick to react when they thought ds had sepsis.
Mine was nearly two years ago I have known a few other people who have had children there over the past couple of years and I've not heard anything too bad. I know mk had a bad reputation for a while but the staff have gotten much better
I had DS at MK just under 2 years ago. I was induced, and the antenatal ward was super busy so I had to wait ages to get started, which was quite stressful - but I was a relatively low risk patient so I can understand why I wasn't a priority. Once things actually got started I was very happy with care, I progressed quite quickly with the pessary so was on labour ward within a few hours, saw a consultant when they were concerned, but in the end had a normal midwife-led delivery. Couldn't fault the labour ward care. Going back to the ward after was less nice - still very busy, breastfeeding support was patchy but everyone was kind, just too stretched. And I am a HCP and was a member of staff at the time, so knew who and what to ask for!
MK's labour ward is fairly old now, there is no MLU, which I believe Bedford does have, though I don't know if it's as shiny as the one in Northampton. There's nothing wrong with the kit etc at MK, it's just looking a bit tired!
It might be too far for you, but have you looked at Stoke Mandeville? I work there and it's probably nicer than MK. If I were to have a second I'd consider going there instead, but not sure if the extra travel is worth the faff.
I had DD at Bedford 2 years ago today. It was great. Granted, she was born 45 minutes after I arrived but I did find them really nice and engaged and responsive, and the post-natal ward was so so much nicer than the seventh circle of hell that is the post-natal ward in St Thomas's in London, where I spent 9 interminable days in 2013.