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Royal Sussex County Hospital - experiences?

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Birdy1991 · 11/05/2020 19:57

Basically - does anyone have experience of childbirth at the RSCH in Brighton? Thank you!

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CodenameVillanelle · 11/05/2020 19:58

I gave birth there! It was a while ago but they were wonderful.

Birdy1991 · 11/05/2020 19:58

Oh great - mind if I ask what pain relief etc you had? And a natural birth? Sorry if I’m being nosey. Haven’t really been there yet!

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SandysMam · 11/05/2020 20:00

I was in there when I was poorly at 35 Weeks pg. They were absolutely wonderful, so calm and caring, I will never forgot the treatment I revieved, humanity at it’s finest!
Good luck with your birth.

HildaSnibbs · 11/05/2020 20:02

Ask me in a couple of weeks (hopefully sooner Grin) I'm due tomorrow with DC3 and will be going there! Had my first two at UCLH in London so will be interested to see if any different. So far I've only been there for the two scans so not much to comment on.

Birdy1991 · 11/05/2020 20:05

@SandysMam Thanks! I’m only 29 weeks so got a while to go. That’s good to know they looked after you. I haven’t had any complaints about antenatal care in Brighton so far.

@HildaSnibbs oh wow- good luck! Hope all goes well!
Yes been there for a scan but it was the Sussex house building not the main building, haven’t seen a midwife there either.

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CodenameVillanelle · 11/05/2020 20:05

I had a natural birth with gas and air. I had a 3rd degree tear so stayed in for 2 days after and they were stretched for staff but did their best to support me with breastfeeding.

Birdy1991 · 11/05/2020 20:06

@CodenameVillanelle thanks for sharing your experience with me. So far it all sounds positive 👍😊

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CodenameVillanelle · 11/05/2020 20:11

Amazing views from the delivery suite too :)

Birdy1991 · 11/05/2020 20:13

@CodenameVillanelle - I can imagine, it’s on the 12th floor right??

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Witchofzog · 11/05/2020 20:18

I had ds there but a long time ago. The midwives on the ward and in the delivery suite were really really lovely. I had an encounter with an awful Dragon midwife after I gave birth who was rude to me over breastfeeding, insisting I stay in for a couple of days to learn. However I suspect she had form as the midwives on the ward advised me to not allow myself to be upset by pressure to breastfeed in hospital, even from other staff. And I also suspect she is long retired now. The view from the hospital is amazing too!

Birdy1991 · 11/05/2020 20:21

@Witchofzog ah ok but generally positive then, shame about that midwife, you do hear about the odd one with a shocking bedside manner! Looking forward to the views now 😂

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Witchofzog · 11/05/2020 20:26

They are great at day and night op Smile

HildaSnibbs · 11/05/2020 20:59

Thanks OP Grin I'll try and remember to come back and update you. Feel free to tag me in a couple of weeks if I don't. I haven't been in the main building yet either, I hope we manage to find our way there when we need to! There is a video on their website showing some of the rooms and the view does look good...

Birdy1991 · 11/05/2020 21:03

@HildaSnibbs I’m sure you’ll have a lot on your plate but I’ll try to remember, is this your first baby? 😊

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Birdy1991 · 11/05/2020 21:34

@HildaSnibbs sorry just seen it’s your third!!

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HildaSnibbs · 19/06/2020 21:19

@Birdy1991 I'm back Smile DD was born at BSUH a month ago - what would you like to know? It was a very short labour, she arrived less than an hour after we got to the hospital so I don't have much to report but it was a good experience. Only problem was the birthing pool was brown and out of action but I probably wouldn't have had time to get in it!

We went to the MAU (I think it was called) first for triage, DH had to wait in the corridor. I had blood pressure checked, dilation checked, a Covid swab, think that was it. Then admitted to labour ward with DH. I think you have to be over 4cm or maybe it was 5 to be admitted. I had one midwife and one trainee midwife with me, both were lovely. All midwives wearing masks and aprons and gloves but that wasn't a problem . I just felt bad for them because it was so hot!

And after DD was born they brought tea in a proper teapot, milk jug, china mugs and toast with proper butter and jam! Grin

Birdy1991 · 20/06/2020 14:48

Congrats @HildaSnibbs how are you and your daughter? That month has flown by!
Sounds like a nice and easy(?!) experience?

I’m now looking forward to the prospect of tea in a proper teapot 🤣🤣 how long were you in for? What was the postnatal ward like? I guess just anything else that you think is relevant

Congrats again x

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