Pumpkin Babies and Newspaper Articles

Pumpkin Babies and Newspaper Articles

My poor aching back!

I was sitting  holding baby Louis in his usual upright position pretty much from 5am until 11am as he wanted to only be in my arms and I’m definitely feeling it now. Worth it for that cute little grin though.

He’s now with Mr UFM and is appearing in a video for Heart FM. He will be dressed up as a pumpkin and is being paid to do so. How funny is that? I must add that I’m not putting Louis out to work….Mr UFM is directing said video. Please God he doesn’t throw up everywhere which is bound to happen because of his reflux. (Louis not Mr UFM)

I’ve also got an article in The Mail Online today about my birth experience.

I wrote it in reaction to a headline on Wednesday saying that it isn’t as safe to give birth in the middle of the night or at a weekend as it is on a weekday because there are less staff around. I definitely suffered due to lack of staff during my labour with Louis and I wanted to tell my story in order to hopefully help things change.

I’m happy to say that a lovely woman from UCHL has already called me. She was incredibly upset to hear my story and wants to implement changes so I feel like I’ve got a good result from the piece.

However, what I don’t want to do is give UCLH/ the NHS a bad name.  I am not an NHS basher. I love the NHS and realise they are working on an incredibly tight budget. However, even though I support it, I also support my fellow Mums and believe that no woman should ever feel scared or helpless during labour. That comes before everything.

There have been the usual awful comments from The Mail Online readers. Some saying “get a grip….labour IS painful” and others saying “Imagine if you were giving birth in a 3rd world country….you don’t know how good you have it”.

However, I don’t think a woman should be forced to “get a grip” during labour. Yes some women handle it fantastically without pain relief but if a woman is not handling things and needs help then she must get it. I can’t imagine any other scenario where a woman would be left in that state without help. Bringing a baby into the world must not be scary.

If you fancy reading the article, here it is!

Oh and if you’ve come here from the Mail then please do give The Upfront Mama Facebook Page a like. You’ll get all the latest about my journey with Poppy and Louis and I promise to always be brutally honest about all aspects of parenthood.

UFM xx

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  1. Carla
    28th October 2016 / 6:00 pm

    I read your article on the Daily Mail and was horrified by the comments. I gave birth at the same place just 5 days later, on Saturday 6th. I came in around 05:30 in the morning, my water having broken 3 hours earlier. It was 2 weeks before the due date, and I knew the baby was breech, so a c-section was necessary. Just after I arrived at the assessment ward a young woman came in, clearly in agony. She was screaming. After a few minutes she was on the floor screaming in the waiting area. She screamed for a solid 20 minutes on that floor before the young man behind the counter had the wit to find a room for her where she could carry on screaming. My partner and I could do nothing but listen and watch in horror. She was with her mother. We waited more than 1 hour until my own assessed was carried out. We didn’t actually see any medical staff during that 1 hour. They were all away in the theatre we were told. How can you have an assessment unit with women coming in at different stages of birth with no staff? My little girl was born at 14:55 that very afternoon by a c-section. I was very happy with the staff in the theatre.

  2. Terry
    28th October 2016 / 8:11 pm

    Just read your article in the mail in regards your birthing experience in an NHS Hospital?
    If your trying to be helpful to mums and you claim you love the NHS, I’m wondering why you of all people did not construct a really good written complaint first to the trust in question to have the issues looked at and responded to properly.
    It seems really irresponsible that you chose the more sensationalist route rather than really tackling the issue.

  3. Anne
    28th October 2016 / 9:15 pm

    Well I have to say that this sounds terribly familiar… I also gave birth at UCL. I was left alone all night with contractions, vomiting and in extreme pain. No staff available despite me calling for help. That lack of competent staff led me to a crash c section and baby in ICU for a few weeks. My poor baby has to be resuscitated.
    Yes we are lucky, but this is too common. I spent weeks with other parents in ICU, this is not a place where you want to be. The pain some of these parents are going through is just unbearable, and it’s not acceptable that human mistakes can break entire families.

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