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UCH v Whittington pls reply if diabetic or other high risk or long post-natal stay

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tigger15 Mon 21-Jul-08 12:31:18

I'm trying to decide where to have the next one (rather premature as not yet pg but believe in being prepared - the boy scouts have nothing on me!!!)

DS was born in St Mary's by emcs and although it is still my closest hospital owing to pretty bad post-natal experience and near certainty of another cs I think psychologically it would be better for me to be somewhere else.

So I've narrowed the choice down to the 2 above based on distance to home and work.

These are pros and cons of both.

Both say they encourage you to go to 40wks if diabetic and will only remove (which means cs for me) earlier if necessary for baby or mother.

UCH requires hba1c of 6.0, whittington of 7.0

Whittington has NHS acupuncture (good method of permitted induction for me)

UCH is 40mins journey from home (by tube) and 20 mins from work. Whittington is about 1hour from both.

Whittington say you have to have CFM, no telemetric facility and no birth centre. UCH say CFM but are introducing room on their new labour ward which is meant to be natural option for high risk mothers.

So based on this it's pretty much 50/50.

Could anyone who's been at either please tell me their experiences. In particular what was the post-natal care like (as I'm guaranteed at least 24 hours of it). If you're diabetic did they separate you from your baby at any point for routine monitoring or only if something was actually wrong? Did they feed formula to your baby cos of low blood sugar and did they remain with you while this was going on? Anything else which should affect my decision?

All comments appreciated.

tigger15 Mon 21-Jul-08 15:34:33


beckmo Mon 21-Jul-08 20:19:31

Don't UCH specialise in high risk births?They accept referrals from all over the country as well as local pregnant women who don't need specialised care. For that reason you might feel safer there with the birth and medical care and I'd imagine you would be on transitional care ward after rather than the normal (and not so good) post natal ward. I was on transitional care and the staff were fantastic. Can't help you much as don't have diabetes but didn't want to leave you with no answers.

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