MARVELOUS MAYA MIDWIVES
Another hospital birth
Despite mixed feelings about my first
hospital birth, I was keen to have my second birth in a hospital. There were two
main reasons for this: firstly I knew my pain threshold and wanted to have an
epidural as soon as possible once I felt I had reached that point and secondly I
wanted there to be a paediatrician “to hand” as soon as the baby was born just
why then Maya midwives?
The reason I opted for the services of
Maya midwives was simply because during my first hospital birth I had not
received the one to one care that I thought was a given. I assume that this was
because on the night that I gave birth to my first born the hospital staff were
over stretched. This time around I wanted the reassurance that someone would be
with me the whole time throughout my labour.
Maya midwives were the only midwives I
contacted who were willing to support me even though I had opted for a hospital
Would I recommend them?
Put simply, were I to have another
child, I would not do so without Maya midwives services. For more details I
summarise below some poignant decisions that were made by Andy Parker (AP)
during my second labour.
We arrived at UCH hospital when I was in full
labour. The pain was already such that I wanted an epidural immediately.
When we arrived we were told (unbelievably) to go and wait in the waiting
room as no rooms would be available for at least another hour maybe more.
Promptly, AP took the decision to contact another hospital to see if they
could admit us immediately. Without AP I would not have been aware that this
was an option.
On the way to the second hospital, AP phoned
the senior midwife to make sure a room and an anaesthetist would be ready
for us upon arrival. They were.
Labour: 5 very intense hours. Throughout my
labour AP held my hand and helped me to breathe properly. To those who have
not experienced an intense labour this might not sound that big a deal. To
me it was just about the only thing that kept me going.
The NHS midwife first language was not
English. At times it was hard to understand what she was saying. AP kept me
informed at every stage of what was happening. This was both helpful and
My labour pains were intense. The NHS midwife
suggested breaking my waters to speed up the process. AP suggested waiting
as the waters help protect the baby and dampen the pain slightly. I went
with her decision. The waters broke naturally about half an hour later.
Again I felt AP had offered me advice that allowed me to make an informed
and as it turned out, correct decision.
The epidural did not seem to be working
effectively so I asked for a second opinion. AP was insistent on getting my
request addressed immediately. The senior midwife was called in and another
anaesthetist re-performed the epidural straight away.
Post birth AP advised me on the pros
and cons of follow up jabs.
Both AP and Viv visited me everyday until I
felt “normal” again after the birth. I knew they were at the end of a phone
line 24 hours and that I could ask them anything and they would follow up
any request straight away.
Maya midwives offer peace of
mind – the perfect state to be in before,
during and after a birth.
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