Receiving The Care You Need Both Before And After The Birth Of Your Baby

According to research undertaken by Your Legal Friend, having a baby is the most common reason for a hospital admission in the UK, with 1.3 births every minute. Yet for some, the time that should be the most happiest and exciting as they finally meet their new son or daughter, can actually be a time of pain, stress and fear. It is no surprise that when it comes to the NHS compensation budget, 41% of it is being used in claims relating to obstetrics. I have experience of poor care both before and after the birth of my son Joe that illustrates that there are real issues in this area.

My maternity and delivery were not easy, they were fraught with problems from the beginning, I have type two diabetes and suffer with high blood pressure, both of which made me a higher risk pregnancy. I also lived on a border between two authorities. This meant I had to have two midwives. This sounds like double the care, but in actual fact was just double the stress. My main midwife was the one I saw at my surgery. She did not fill in my book properly, leaving major gaps in the records, she did not inform me about the risks of my pregnancy, the real chance it wouldn’t go to term, or the fact it would probably be a caesarean section. In short, she was severely lacking in all areas and left me very uninformed about my pregnancy and my risks. My second midwife was so much better, and was left to fill in these gaps during home visits, but because I saw her so much less, this really added to my worries. What was I not being told when I visited my surgery midwife?


As I got nearer to my time more things happened to fill me with dread of the birth. What should have been a routine blood test saw me pass out after six nurses had tried, unsuccessfully, for more than 20 minutes to get a blood sample in a tiny, hot room. I had informed them I was hard to bleed (I know this well from frequent diabetes fasting tests) and that they would be better to transfer me to the Path lab for the test, but they persisted in trying to get the sample, making me ill.

Two weeks before Joe was delivered (at 7 and a half months) I was admitted with suspected preeclampsia. I was also feeling unwell due to a sore and watery eye. I mentioned this in my examination, but it was dismissed as unimportant – it wasn’t even looked at. Within an hour, the whole of the left side of my face had sunk and stopped moving. I was told I’d had a stroke by the doctor examining me. It turned out to be Bells Palsy, but the fear I’d had a stroke and that the paralysis was permanent was devastating for both me and my family.

Even finally being admitted proved to be a nightmare. I had not eaten since lunchtime, and with diabetes, need to eat at regular intervals. I kept mentioning this, but was still not fed. When I was finally taken to my room I was told the kitchen was closed, but that they might be able to find a sandwich from somewhere. I was advised by my nurse to take a whirlpool bath to ‘relax’. I decided against it as I was so tired, which was lucky, as a nurse nearly battered the bathroom door down telling me not to take a bath as it was used to induce labour, not something you want to do at 7 months pregnant.

After the birth of Joe two weeks later, I struggled to get pain relief when needed, particularly when I was not sleeping at night due to stress headaches that were actually reducing me to tears. I eventually signed myself out of hospital in the early hours of Christmas Eve – I just wanted to get home and away from that place.

I suffered terrible post natal depression in the months after Joe’s birth, I think that my treatment and experiences during my maternity and in my care after it certainly contributed to my mental condition. I did not pursue a claim, but I truly wish that I had, sometimes the only thing that brings real change is the threat of litigation, and if it stops other people from receiving poor care and treatment, then that can only be a good thing. Companies like Your Legal Friend can offer free advice if you think you may have a case for a claim, you were entitled to good levels of care, if you didn’t receive it, you should act.

Arthur Price And The Minions – A Match Made In Heaven

If you, or your little ones, are fans of those pesky yellow Minions, then you are going to love the latest launch from Arthur Price. The luxury cutlery, silverware and gift brand has created some gorgeous products to tie in with the launch of Despicable Me 3, and these would be perfect as a gift for a new baby, a Christening or a special birthday, or even just a treat for your favourite Minion fan. As ever with Arthur Price, the items are of the most beautiful Quality, and will be something that should be treasured forever.

Arthur Price is a Midlands based family business that was established in 1902 and can be found in most department stores. The Despicable Me collection shows that Arthur Price is a company that is able to move with the times and address modern trends, and also appeal to a younger audience. The Despicable Me collection is made up of two cutlery sets, the ‘Sea of Minions’ and ‘Expressions’, as well as a beautiful bone china dining set made up of a mug, a bowl and a plate.

The cutlery is of the highest standard, made of 18/10 stainless steel and presented in a lovely box which makes it perfect as a gift option. It comes with a 15 year guarantee, and each item of cutlery has a minion decoration on the handle. If you are trying to teach your child how to use a knife and fork properly, these pieces could be the perfect encouragement. The sets cost £24.95 each.

The ‘Sea of Minions’ bone china breakfast pieces are bright and vibrant, and can be purchased as individual pieces as well as being available in a two or three piece breakfast set. Prices start from £8.95 for the mug, and go up to £24.95 for the three piece set. I love the idea that you can buy the pieces separately, the cup may be a little small for an older child who could still love and use the plate and bowl. My boy, who is a major Minions fan as totally fallen in love with this set which certainly brightens up breakfast time.

You can find the Arthur Price Despicable Me range by visiting their website here.

The 3 Best Up And Coming Neighborhoods In San Antonio, Texas

So, you are looking to settle down in a neighborhood in San Antonio, Texas but can’t quite afford to live in the famous neighborhoods. You should keep calm because the ever-changing world only provides one with more options to choose from. Hence, instead of settling in a posh and affluent neighborhood, you can consider living in up and coming neighborhoods. The value of these neighborhoods only increases with each passing year. Without wasting any time, here are 3 of the best up and coming neighborhoods in San Antonio, Texas. The list isn’t in any particular order as it would be an injustice to place one neighborhood over the other.

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  1. Village North One


Only 10 minutes away from the San Antonio International Airport, Village North One is a thriving neighborhood. Most of the homes in the area are priced at less than $100,000, which is considerably lower than the state average of $128,000. What about the cost of living index in this neighborhood? Well, at 84, it is around 16% less than the national average! What are some of the amenities available in this neighborhood? Well, it has an abundance of grocery stores and restaurants. You can enroll your kids to any of the 16 schools in the area and if you are looking for a little downtime, you can visit Tobin Park and James Park. Both the parks have hiking, biking and walking trails.

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  1. Alta Vista


If you are strapped for cash and on a tight budget, you should consider living in Alta Vista. On an average, a home in Alta Vista costs $105,000. What about education in the neighborhood? Well, according to reliable statistics, over 50% of the total population in the neighborhood holds a college degree with above 6% holding a Master’s degree. What about the cost of living index in this neighborhood? Well, at 84, it is around 16% less than the national average! Alta Vista sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it? Surely, there mustn’t be many amenities? Well, we´ll let you decide; Alta Vista has over 20 schools and 5 parks that include hike and bike trails. It is also crammed with numerous convenience stores, cafes, and shopping stores!

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  1. Northwest Park


Northwest Park is fittingly located in the northwest of San Antonio. On an average, a home in Northwest Park costs $139,600. What about education in the neighborhood? Well, according to reliable statistics, over 75% of the total population in the neighborhood holds a college degree with above 6% holding a Master’s degree. The main campus of University of Texas at San Antonio is also situated in this locality. No wonder do the residents lay so much emphasis on education! The median household income is $69,534, which is considerably higher than the national average. What about the cost of living index in this neighborhood? Well, at 95, it is around 5% less than the national average! There is no doubt that Northwest Park is an up and coming neighborhood in San Antonio, Texas.

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