I just think something is wrong

If you feel that something is wrong, or if you are worried about the baby, call your midwife or doctor to talk about it.

It’s important to listen to your own instinct and the midwife will be happy to discuss your worries. 

Do not rely on advice from family members, friends or even the internet. 

If you feel that your midwife is not listening to you, you can ask to see another member of the team. If you are still unhappy with the response, you can call a supervising midwife. There are a team of supervising midwives on call 24 hours a day. They can be reached through your maternity unit, which is usually based at your hospital. The supervising midwife has a duty to look into any complaints and make sure that you are getting the right care.

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Sources

  1. London Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman, Midwifery supervision and regulation: recommendations for change, London The Stationery Office, 2013. Also available from: http://www.ombudsman.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0003/23484/Midwifery-supervision-and-regulation_-recommendations-for-change.pdf (accessed 6 May 2014)
  2. Macdonald S, Magill-Cuerden J, Mayes’ midwifery, fourteenth edition, Edinburgh: Baillir̈e Tindall Elsevier, 2012

 

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Last reviewed on April 1st, 2014. Next review date April 1st, 2017.

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