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Comment #2199852 by Marie Broomfield

Marie Broomfield Mar 6th 2014, 2:16 PM #

I dont believe it is totally down to staffing numbers , thats an easy excuse. I believe that it has got to do with the culture at that hospital. I say this because when my son was born there in 1999 they kept trying to get my husband to leave me there and go home, although he had no transport and lived miles away plus, i wanted him there. They said it would be hours before i gave birth but it was actually only minutes away. They were also discouraging him from going into the labour ward. And after the child was born, they outwardly dissaproved of my husband carrying his firstborn child in his arms even insisting that he put the child in his cot. If my husband was not so determined he would have missed out on the whole wonderfull experience . As it turned out my child had the cord around his neck and was rushed off for oxygen, which i was totally oblivious to for obvious reasons. So if anything went wrong and they had their way, I would habe been on my own. I thought it was just down to old fashioned views about men at births and kind of forgave them for it but not now.

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'Why did it take a Prime Time programme to highlight the problems at Portlaoise maternity unit?'

'Why did it take a Prime Time programme to highlight the problems at Portlaoise maternity unit?'

The chief medical officer was questioned on the deaths of babies at Portlaoise this morning.

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    Favourite Theresa Carter
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    Mar 6th 2014, 4:54 PM

    Same here. Wanted mine out too. Ended up having to go through labour in reception as husbands not allowed on the ward!
    Had my 5th child in Portlaoise. The standard of the coombe is 100% better. Even the staff. Not all of course, but too many in Portlaoise had a personality bypass. One was a know it all weapon who could have really upset me if it were my first.
    Thankfully we got out alive. Sympathies to the families of those who didn’t :(

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    Favourite Ann Buggy
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    Mar 6th 2014, 9:04 PM

    I agree my daughter had her baby there husband went looking for help in the nurses station counted 7 nurses and needles to say they weren’t impressed that he should seek assistance

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