The decision aboutwhere to give birth to your baby is crucial for any parent, not only to ensure that you are choosing a safe and clean environment, but that the right facilities, services and staff are available to allow you to choose the right birth plan for you.
To aid this process, The Portland Hospital provides regular complimentary Pregnancy Open Days that give the opportunity for visitors to find out valuable information about pregnancy and birthing options, meet the staff, midwives and Consultants and tour the hospital’s facilities.
But just don’t take our word for it. We spoke to a recent attendee of an open day, Natalie, to get her perspective on the day and outline why this could be an option for you.
"When we found out that we were expecting one of the first things we did was think about where we wanted to have our baby. Given its reputation, we were reassured by the prospect of having our baby at The Portland Hospital. The website really helped us in the first instance; we gained valuable insight by reading the patient stories ? they really give you an idea of the kind of care you are going to receive. While we were looking through the website we saw the advert for the Pregnancy Open Day and filled in the form to attend.The Open Day gave us a fantastic opportunity to speak with different Consultants and midwives and really helped to put our mind at ease. The midwife who showed us around was great fun and made the whole experience much less clinical and more personal. It was clear to us, given the team we met and having seen the modern facilities, we could see ourselves delivering at The Portland.
From the start of my pregnancy I had been feeling anxious about delivering our baby and what I would have to go through. I was concerned about the prospect of giving birth and I wanted to make sure my voice was heard about how I would like to deliver our baby.
We spoke to our Consultant at the Open Day who gave us such valuable advice and really helped to calm my mind and soothe my worries. I want to have a caesarean and our Consultant was able to talk me through the process. The midwives on hand were lovely and gave great tips; we liked how approachable everyone was and felt as though our care had already begun. We left the Open Day feeling prepared with all the information we needed to continue our pregnancy journey, with less worries and more excitement. We were also given a fantastic Portland goodie bag to take home with us.
The Open Day really solidified our initial feelings of safety, reputation and choice about The Portland Hospital. Being able to look around, see the birthing suites and meeting the Consultants and midwives was really important to us and made a world of difference. We’d certainly recommend it to any parent in the same situation as us.
We look forward to meeting our new baby in the next few months and continue to come to The Portland for our check-ups. There is a real understanding of choice at The Portland and every time we come in, we know we’re in safe hands."