Local mums-to-be can expect some of the best maternity care in the country at King’s Mill Hospital

Sam Paul and Kitty MaeFebruary 6, 2018

New mums have voted King’s Mill Hospital as one of the best hospitals in the country to give birth, according to the results of a recent patient satisfaction survey.

New data from the Care Quality Commission’s (CQC) national survey of maternity experience shows that Sherwood Forest Hospitals is one of the best performing Trusts in the country when it comes to women giving birth to their babies at the hospital.

Some of the areas that the hospital scores highly in include partners being involved as much as they want to be, the mother being able to move around and choose a comfortable position during the birth, new mums being given skin-to-skin contact, and that the family feel that they are treated with respect and dignity by staff.

The national survey asked 18,400 women across the country who gave birth in February 2017 about their experiences. The data covered 130 NHS Trusts and a total of 113 responses came from women who had given birth at King’s Mill Hospital.

New mum Sam Williamson, 35 from Mansfield, gave birth to baby Kitty-Mae last week at King’s Mills Hospital. She can’t praise the Trust and its staff enough. She said: “The staff at King’s Mill Hospital have been absolutely brilliant throughout my birth experience. Despite it being a tough birth and not quite as I had planned, I would describe all of the staff we encountered as being outstanding. They were always full of encouragement and support the whole way through and without them, I just don’t think I could have done it.

“I wanted to be active throughout the birth, but I decided to have an epidural which meant I couldn’t be as active as I would have liked. The midwives still supported me to be as active as I could and helped me to move around when I needed to and really involved my husband Paul.

“All of the midwives and doctors involved made sure that we were given the information that we needed in a friendly way and they addressed every concern we had, we cannot fault them and we are just so grateful to them.”

Sam’s husband, Paul Williamson, 56, was at Sam’s side throughout the birth. He said: “It was really important to me that I could be involved in the birth and be there with Sam to support her. The midwives encouraged this and involved me in everything, from showing me how the monitoring equipment worked so that I could encourage Sam at every contraction, to being able to bond with Kitty-Mae once she was born and stay in the room with Sam.

“There are some really special staff at King’s Mill Hospital who went above and beyond while we were in their care. They treated us like a friend, not a number. The most precious thing to us now is our new baby and I would trust them with her life – what more can I say?”

Head of Midwifery at King’s Mill Hospital, Alison Whitham, said: “The care that we provide to women and their babies, and the experience that they have while with us, is very important and so we are really proud to have been recognised as one of the top Trusts in the country. This is testament to the hard work and dedication of our fantastic maternity team at King’s Mill Hospital.

“We are particularly pleased that we are performing above most Trusts when it comes to giving birth and labour, that our patients feel that they are able to involve their partner in the experience, and new mums feel that our midwives treat them with the respect and dignity that they deserve.

“One of the things that we did last year to help us to improve our maternity services was to hold a Whose Shoes event, which involved King’s Mill Hospital midwives and new mums coming together to talk about their experiences and inform future improvements.

“Feedback direct from patients is really important to us and we always encourage families to let us know about their experience. We are now looking at the survey results in more detail to see what action we can take to improve even further and offer even better care to our maternity patients.”