May vs The Hospital

This might make you angry. If you’re a midwife.

Posted on Nov 27, 2012 | 14 comments

This might make you angry. If you’re a midwife.

300 doctors in a room = polite applause (and a few shouts of “Bravo! Bravo!” Okay, I made that last bit up.) 1 post where I question why anyone would choose a home birth over a hospital = reader RAGE Admittedly, I don’t get it. It seems far too risky to me, during a very risky event: birth. If your toddler stopped breathing, where would you choose to be located: in your living room or in a hospital? Every single parent, in the entire world, would choose the hospital. I can’t imagine putting myself or my baby at risk, even if it was only a 15 minute ambulance journey...

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May vs The Hosptial, Part 2: The waiting game

Posted on Oct 17, 2012 | 3 comments

May vs The Hosptial, Part 2: The waiting game

A year ago, this week, a solicitor visited us to hear our version of the events leading to May’s brain damage. It was harrowing saying aloud all the moments that continue to torment me. All the more trying because I know it will, most likely, all be for naught. The process is long partially, I think, to put people off doing it. A year on and no further progress? Having to ask and then reask and then ask again when the hospital doesn’t provide all the documentation they should? These are not fun conversations, especially when you know that proving anything will be near impossible...

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May vs The Hospital: Part 1, Missing information

Posted on May 20, 2012 | 11 comments

Last autumn, my husband and I sat down with a lawyer to instruct him to open an investigation into May’s birth. The only cases I’ve heard of going through, and I do know personally of a couple, are ones where the hospital admitted fault from the very day it happened. The moment of wrongdoing was that obvious. We can think all we want that the birth did go wrong; unless the lawyer can prove it, forget it. In our household, even with our beliefs that things did go wrong, an investigation will probably not uncover that one terrible moment. As if there is one moment, I believe there...

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