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pneboy
18-08-09, 00:51
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Woman in labour 'refused ambulance'

Mother-of-three Carmen Blake called her midwife to ask for an ambulance when she went into labour unexpectedly with her fourth child.

But the 27-year-old claims she was refused an ambulance and told to walk the 100m from her house in Leicester to the city's nearby Royal Infirmary.

Her daughter Mariah was delivered on a pavement outside the hospital by a passer-by, just before ambulance crews arrived.

The trust that runs the hospital said it would look into any complaint made about the advice and care the 27-year-old received.

Ms Blake said she started going into labour at about 7.15am on Sunday, August 2: "I phoned up the Royal Infirmary, it's just across the road, and they said to go into a hot bath, and then to make my way over there. I went into the bath and realised she was going to come quickly. I didn't think I'd be able to make it out of the bath, so I phoned the maternity ward back and told them to get an ambulance out.

"They said they were not sending an ambulance and told me I had had nine months to sort out a lift. I thought if I got across the road then at least somebody would be able to help me. I left the house and got to the end of the close, but there was no-one around to help."

Eventually Ms Blake and her friends enlisted the help of a physiotherapist who happened to be passing on her way to work.

She dialled 999 and helped deliver baby Mariah while waiting for emergency services. She even helped remove the cord from around the tot's neck, Ms Blake said.

A spokeswoman for the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust said: "We are disappointed that Ms Blake was not happy with the advice and care she received and will of course investigate any complaint. We are pleased that both Ms Blake and her daughter are well and healthy."

source (http://uk.news.yahoo.com/21/20090817/thl-woman-in-labour-refused-ambulance-d831572.html)

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Tony9595
18-08-09, 00:54
:yik:

That's impressive :eek:
At least everything else was ok...

miss.haggard
18-08-09, 00:55
Hmm... 100m? I dont know how to feel, I probably would have skipped the bath and just walked over there in the first place.

Chocola teapot
18-08-09, 00:55
Oh gosh, O; The pain!

iamlaracroft
18-08-09, 01:10
i clicked on the thread thinking the pregnant woman refused the ambulance, not that she was refused one. confusing title.

Dennis's Mom
18-08-09, 01:19
When I was having children the rule was you went to the hospital when you were having 1 minute contractions 5 minutes apart. Surely there was more to the discussion than "take and bath, and come over?" The whole thing seems bizarre.

I can understand not wanting to tie up an ambulance for a 100 meter walk, but surely there's more to this story?

Drone
18-08-09, 04:18
at least it all ended up well :)

scremanie
18-08-09, 04:38
wow... this is a weird.. and deceiving... thread... http://i27.************/2805nye.jpg

ECB
18-08-09, 04:43
i clicked on the thread thinking the pregnant woman refused the ambulance, not that she was refused one. confusing title.

That's what I thought to! :o

But yeah. What assholes! :mad:

alisteravenger
18-08-09, 08:51
I agree with ECB. :mad: but 100 meters...its not that far really is it?

Dennis's Mom
18-08-09, 13:31
No, it's not very far, however walking is one thing that can speed up labor. It's a pretty individual thing though. This woman has had 3 other children though. I'm mystified that she had no clue how close the baby was coming.

disneyprincess20
18-08-09, 13:43
Daft question, but why not make it over there before it got so bad that you needed an ambulance, or why not have someone take you there (the article pointed out she wasn't alone). As she wasn't that far from the hospital, they could drop her off in the car and take it back home again to park. But then the hospital were being fairly insensitive... I don't know, I think both parties are in the wrong here. I second Dennis's Mom's point that she's had 3 other children, how did she not know this one was coming?

Spong
18-08-09, 13:51
Daft question, but why not make it over there before it got so bad that you needed an ambulance, or why not have someone take you there (the article pointed out she wasn't alone).

^^This.
The hospital was 100m away, she could've and should've walked it. She shouldn't have sat there thinking "Oh, I think I'm going into labour. I'll wait a bit longer though before I call the ambulance to take me the 100m to the hospital".

[/no sympathy]

miss.haggard
18-08-09, 15:39
"Oh well, I guess Ill take a bath, then head over, well I need to get the shopping done, and Mark wants me to bring him lunch..."

... *roll eyes*

Love2Raid
18-08-09, 16:39
I agree with ECB. :mad: but 100 meters...its not that far really is it?

Things can go really fast when you've already had three...

But it is strange that she went so late, she should have known better.

Atlantisfreak666
18-08-09, 16:42
*roll eyes*

My thoughts exactly.

Changeling
18-08-09, 16:47
First of all, a deceiving title... truthful, but still deceiving. :p

Secondly, no, 100 metres isn't that far, and the woman should have got to the hopsital in the early stages. Then again, there is that rule that you should only depart for the hopsital when your contractions last for a certain length of time at a certain length of time apart. I don't know...

Rai
18-08-09, 23:20
I'm in two minds about this. On the one hand 100m isn't so far, so maybe she was just panicking and should have walked. On the other hand, it doesn't say how far into labour she was when she made the first phone call. She was advised to take a bath and then go from there. She then realised the labour was coming along real fast. This being her fourth labour, it's possible the labour progressed quickly. I really don't know what would have been best. Walking can help with bringing along labour, but actually being in labour, she could have been in quite a lot of discomfort. Maybe she was worried about the baby coming before she got to hospital - which is exactly what happened.

The whole story seems odd though. Why couldn't her friends (presuming they were there from early on) give her a lift? Why not stay at home and call for the mid-wife assistance? Why didn't her mid-wife go to her sooner? It does seem as if the hospital was being somewhat unfair to her. The chance are, if she'd walked to the hospital to begin with, they may not have admitted her if the labour wasn't far enough advanced. So she would have had to go home again. I think both parties could have handled the situation better. The woman may have been panicking to begin with, but she then called the maternity ward twice without receiving help.

I'm just glad that she and her baby are fine, ultimately. That's the main thing.