I chose The Portland Hospital after a tour of the services they had to offer, where I found the staff extremely welcoming and helpful, as well as having fantastic facilities. I just got that feeling it was the right place to have my son.
After contacting a few of the consultants, I decided Mr Chilcott was the most suited to me, who was available 24 hours a day if I had any issues or questions. The high standard of care is exactly what I was looking for, as I liked the consistent contact with someone who knew about my pregnancy.
I had originally planned to have a vaginal birth, but after finding out my placenta was covering the birth canal, it meant I would need a caesarean section. My placenta did move up slightly but I was happy I chose to go ahead with the C-section.
On the day of my C-section, I arrived a few hours before and was shown to my room by a midwife. In the private room, there was a bed for my partner and an en-suite bathroom. I loved the fact that the hospital accommodates for the dad too so they can be involved from the start.
My consultant came to see me beforehand and I also had the chance to meet my anaesthetist to discuss what would happen and any preferences I had. They kept me comfortable throughout my operation which I really appreciated.
The staff members all introduced themselves and explained what their role in the theatre would be. It was a very calm atmosphere and we even had some music on as I was very nervous.
I chose to have an epidural, which really wasn’t as bad as I expected, and my husband was able to stay with me the whole time.
During the C-section, a screen went up and I felt a little tugging sensation but I was very comfortable and relaxed. After a few minutes, our son Ezra was born 6.7lbs on the 28th June 2016 and he was passed to me for a quick cuddle. It was a surreal moment and I felt like I was dreaming.
After being cleaned and checked next to the operating table so I could see him, we were able to take lots of photos while we were cuddling our son as the operation was finishing. It felt it was as perfect as it could have been, and the extremely skilled set of medical professionals made the birth the best possible experience.
I was taken to the recovery room to be cared for by the midwife with my baby and my husband got to feed our son for the first time. Being able to take advantage of the amazing food The Portland has to offer after recovery was fantastic and these little extras made the experience feel special.
I was encouraged to get up and walk about 6 hours after the C-section – this wasn’t painful, I just felt a bit achy. I had chosen to bottle feed so the staff gave me a tablet to stop my breast milk coming in and making me uncomfortable, and I was really pleased the staff respected my decision.
There is a nursery facility at The Portland which the staff suggested we take advantage of in the night so we could get some rest while recovering. The staff at the nursery also taught us to bathe our baby and change the nappy while giving us some tips on how to take care of our son.
During our stay I also had a daily visit from a physiotherapist and our son was checked daily by a consultant paediatrician. We all felt very well cared for by all the staff, nothing seemed like too much trouble.
We stayed for a total of four nights, and it could not have been more of a perfect time. It was also my birthday the day after my son was born, the kitchen staff made me a lovely birthday cake for myself and family – it was the best birthday in hospital anyone could have asked for!
I really feel like my experience at The Portland Hospital was everything I hoped for and I believe that their high standard of care and the amazing job from my consultant made a massive difference to how quickly I was able to recover. Most importantly my son Ezra is well and healthy. His first few days in the world at hospital are ones we will never forget and I’m so thankful for everyone who made it the magical experience it was for me, my hubby and our little boy.