Deciding between C&W or Kingston Maternity for second baby, first time was extremely traumatic.

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JJT
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Deciding between C&W or Kingston Maternity for second baby, first time was extremely traumatic.

Postby JJT » Tue Jul 13, 2021 1:37 pm

Hi everyone. I would love your thoughts on either maternity services at kingston or chelsea. I realise Kingston is quite a way, but because of the experience I had a few years ago at Chelsea with my first I have been reluctant to return. I had severe PTSD postpartum, plus ppd and pp anxiety and I only worked with a trauma specialist recently to move passed what happened. Now pregnant with my second, I would love to hear your experiences with both. If you went to Kingston from SW11, how was the journey and did you feel panicked being a little further away?

Thank you in advance. x
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Re: Deciding between C&W or Kingston Maternity for second baby, first time was extremely traumatic.

Postby Ambeeeee » Mon Jul 19, 2021 7:55 am

Would you ever consider using a doula? I say this because I had a negative first experience at C&W. I debated what to do about my second. I went to C&W but had Kayla Mead as my doula.

She works for C&W as a doula as well as being private. so she knows the hospital and staff very well. She also has a real specialism in dealing people who have had trauma or have other birth-related anxiety.

My second experience at C&W was so much better, I attribute that to Kayla. She is just a thoroughly nice and practical person who is a really good advocate for the women she cares for.

I think she covers Kingston too, so she might be worth a chat with on the decision between the two hospitals.
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Re: Deciding between C&W or Kingston Maternity for second baby, first time was extremely traumatic.

Postby Gianna » Mon Jul 19, 2021 8:41 am

Hi,
I delivered my 2nd at Kingston March 2020. I’m a healthcare professional and have worked in maternity services during my training, so I’m well placed to comment on safety as well as how it felt as a patient. I had a really good experience antentally, during labour and postnatally. It wasn’t a perfect experience, but I think that’s the nature of labour, as it’s not a predictable process. They are very focussed on trying their best to give you the kind of delivery you want (if that’s safe and appropriate). My friend worked there as an obstetric registrar and was glowing in her accounts of the care there. I was like you very anxious about my delivery and found being under the caseload Emerald Team for all my antenatal appointments really helpful as I saw the same two midwives throughout. Requesting caseload care would be something to consider wherever you go. I can’t comment on the journey to Kingston as I live v close. Good luck, whatever you decide to do!
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Postby Coliflor19 » Mon Jul 19, 2021 9:16 am

Hi,
I had my second baby at C&W in November 2019 and it was a horrible experience.
But as another user suggested I think the idea of having a doula is a great one.
Good Luck
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Re: Deciding between C&W or Kingston Maternity for second baby, first time was extremely traumatic.

Postby yogidoulamama » Mon Jul 19, 2021 9:48 am

Dear JJT

it all depends on who is on shift, how you are supported and how busy they are. I work at both hospitals and it all depends if you choose the Birth Center or Labour Ward. I have found from experience that labour wards at both hospitals are similar in approach and attitude that is sometimes less of woman centric as they tend to get very busy especially at C&W. However, the birthing centers are a different thing all together and provided you have a good understanding on what you would like to experience second time round, positive outcome can be achieved at both.

Remember that you can change hospital up to the point you are 36 weeks pregnant so I am hoping you have time but if you are having this feelings every time you come to do your antenatal meetings at Chelsea then probably change of scenery will help to remove bad memories. Kingston maternity unit is a standalone building neatly packed away from the rest of the hospital and many of my clients have found it easier to park and get to. Kingston also has an excellent pediatric unit. And of course, it is just not as busy as C&W. However, distance would need to be considered for the second birth as they tend to take less time with less preamble. 

I am really sorry that your first birth have left this feeling for you and I would agree that an experienced doula may be an option to help and support you through the second journey. You can find a local doula through Find My Doula website or through search on DoulaUK. There are quite a few of us working locally so if you are interested I am sure you will be able to find the right one with the right skills for you. 
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