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any feedback on having birth in Watford general hospital?

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ranirani Sun 27-Jul-08 15:34:13

I am planning to give birth at Watford general with having epidural. Any feedback from past experience like : do they top up if it is needed, do they forget about you and leave you alone scared or they re good?

greenlawn Sun 27-Jul-08 15:51:50

Have given birth several times at Watford! Medical side I thought was very good - all the drs and midwives I've come across busy but pleasant - but they are pushed for staff and it can be difficult if you happen to arrive at a busy time. I'm high risk so have always been well looked after, but I can well imagine other people may have had a different experience. Midwife-led birth centre has a pretty good name.

First time round was nearly 7 years ago - incredibly dirty. Last time I was back there the cleanliness was massively improved.

Sorry no experience of epidurals but I believe they offer mobile ones and I was certainly offered pain relief if I'd wanted it.

ranirani Sun 27-Jul-08 16:38:26

thank u greenlawn , will wait for more feedback

KateF Sun 27-Jul-08 16:51:09

I had dd1 in 1999 and dd2 in 2001 at WGH. Medically, excellent care-dd1 was very poorly and in SCBU-midwife was very on the ball and probably saved her life. Post-natal was not good and I was in for 6 days. dd2 was born in the birth centre, again very good care and went home after 6 hrs.

mmmmarmite Mon 28-Jul-08 20:48:11

Sorry to ambush....I'm also planning mine at watford, not long now!!! Has anyone had water birth there, if was it? When you due ranirani?

ranirani Mon 28-Jul-08 20:56:15

I am due in Feb so long to go smile
with all this PG discomfort sad can't wait to have it out: healthy and sound !!!!

greenlawn Mon 28-Jul-08 21:03:34

Several friends have had water births at the ABC birth centre - all pretty positive.

mmmmarmite Tue 29-Jul-08 11:24:37

Thanks greenlawn thats so good to know. No pg friends or anyone who has been able to give me any real idea of whats it's like there in the actual event!!!

pudding25 Tue 29-Jul-08 21:33:29

My friend has both her babies at Watford. Both water births. The last one was born in March. She was really pleased with them but didnt have time to get an epidural either time as they both happened so quickly!

bythepowerofgreyskul Tue 29-Jul-08 21:35:59

my friend had a choice between watford and somewhere else that had a better reputation.
she chose the other one contracted Strep A infection whilst there and finally ended up at Watford general for 13 days.. They were fabulous, it was clean. She was very well cared for. Planning baby 2 she will choose watford. Good luck smile

AbstractMouse Tue 29-Jul-08 21:55:26

I had ds there (elcs) and also used to work there. It was fine apart from the embarrasment of people I had once worked with seeing my fanjo lol.

ranirani Tue 29-Jul-08 22:05:40

nice to hear some positive feedback.... although the MF I happened to have that is coming fom WGH is total space out!!!! angry but she won't be the one to deliver my baby as she herself said; thanks God for that!! so spacy that woman was...

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