Reeva Tyler, 37, and husband Richard, 38, underwent successful IVF treatment at The Lister Hospital, were further treated at The Wellington Hospital, and were then cared for by staff at The Portland Hospital until giving birth to their beautiful twin girls Sia and Mischa on 24 April 2013.
Here we explain why having a strong and competent maternity team that communicates well and provides proactive patient centered care not only reduces clinical risk, but also gives patients confidence and peace of mind.
“Richard and I both wanted a family, but after three years of trying, it just wasn’t happening. Our GP recommended further investigations, so we went to see Dr Alison Taylor at The Lister Hospital, part of the HCA group. We knew it was rarely successful first time – a friend had been through it nine times – so we couldn’t believe how fortunate we were when both embryos implanted successfully: twins! I booked in to see Dr Lorin Lakasing, Consultant Obstetrician at The Portland Hospital, who had delivered my goddaughter, and as soon as I met her I knew we were in the right hands. I loved being pregnant and it was barely noticeable for me until 30 weeks, when I developed gestational diabetes.”
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“Dr Lakasing referred me straight to Dr Stephen Robinson, Consultant Endocrinologist at The Wellington, and with his help I was able to get it under swift, dietary control. After a wonderful, uncomplicated pregnancy, I suddenly packed a lot of doctors’ appointments into the final stretch, and at 35 weeks developed a pregnancy epilus – a lump on my gum, which had swelled between the gap in my front teeth and started bleeding constantly. It wasn’t painful, but it stopped me sleeping and by 37 weeks I was so sick and tired of wandering around with surgical gauze stuffed in my mouth that Dr Lakasing suggested bringing my Caesarean forward by a few days. I was nervous about the epidural, but it turned out to be nothing to be scared of and the girls were both born quickly, within the same wonderful minute – Sia first, weighing 6lb 3oz, and then Mischa, weighing 5lb 8oz.”
“Reeva’s main problems were not obstetric, but in fact ones that required input from other medical disciplines, Consultants she met much further down the line, such as Endocrinologists, Anaesthetists, Faciomaxillary Surgeons and Paediatricians, and of course the midwifery and nursing support, who all worked together to make sure Reeva was cared for at all times and felt as though she was constantly in safe hands,” said Dr Lakasing.
Reeva explains, “I spent the next four days with Richard and the girls at the Portland, where the midwives were faultless and Dr Lakasing arranged for an Oral and Faciomaxillary Consultant to visit me to check my gums. Luckily, once my hormone levels dropped, the bleeding subsided before I needed my scheduled surgery.
Our first few weeks with the girls were a blissful blur and every day they still do something new to keep us completely crazy about them. Everyone falls in love with Mischa at first sight, but it’s Sia who makes them laugh,” said Reeva.
“Reeva’s experience demonstrates how easy access to specialist care can keep parents calm and confident in potentially stressful circumstances. Women booked for private obstetric care quite rightly expect high quality maternity care from their Consultant Obstetrician, but they do not always consider the other staff that may be just as important, “concluded Dr Lakasing.