Birmingham Womens Hospital
We need more staff and better conditions
In February I gave birth at Birmingham women’s hospital. I started my labour on the midwife-led unit and due to foetal distress was transferred to the delivery unit to give birth. My baby had a dropping heart rate and meconium in the waters. The midwife who transferred and stayed with me for the birth was amazing but the hospital was noticeably short staffed and very busy. It took a long time for a doctor to be present for the assisted delivery and then same afterwards for me to be stitched. The staff discussed those other emergencies needed to be attended to and while remained calm it was obvious that we need more staff and better conditions. I was lucky as there were no complications.