Mum’s praise for maternity ward staff

MARVELLOUS ... the maternity unit has been nominated for achieving excellence by mother Julie Lawson, who is pictured with baby Callum.
MARVELLOUS ... the maternity unit has been nominated for achieving excellence by mother Julie Lawson, who is pictured with baby Callum.

A MUM has hailed the marvellous medical staff who delivered her baby – and saved her life.

Julie Lawson had to have a Caesarean section to deliver baby Callum on January 20.

Pride 2012. Maternity Unit have been nominated for Achieving Excellence. Mother Julie Lawson with baby Callum.

Pride 2012. Maternity Unit have been nominated for Achieving Excellence. Mother Julie Lawson with baby Callum.

And it was that decision, made by doctors, that saved the life of the 26-year-old support worker and her son, rather than putting her on a drip that would make her contractions more intense to help her have the baby naturally.

Now Mrs Lawson, of Summerhill, Jarrow, is showing ther gratitude by nominating staff at the maternity unit of South Tyneside District Hospital for the Achieving Excellence award in this year’s Pride of South Tyneside.

The mum-of-three, who had already had an emergency C-section before having Callum, said: “While my son was being delivered, I also had a cyst removed from my right ovary.

“When I came round the doctor, who was on call, came to discuss the complications that occurred during my operation.

“When the doctor opened me up to deliver my son, my old wound was already beginning to open up on the inside.”

Mrs Lawson, who is married to Robert, 33, a gas engineer, and also mum to Georgia, three, and Ryan, two, added: “My husband was taken to another room when doctors could not stop the blood, which led me to have four blood transfusions.

“If that doctor, who was on call that night, had agreed to let me have that drip to make me contract more, things would have been completely different.

“It was very emotional to know a simple ‘yes’ or ‘no’ saved mine and my son’s lives. The thought of my children being left without a mum and my husband without a wife haunts me.

“That doctor saved my life that night.”

Derek Curry, clinical business manager of women and children’s services for South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have been nominated for this award, which is a great tribute to the staff in our maternity unit.

“They are here to share in the care of every mum-to-be during pregnancy and labour and after the birth of their baby, ensuring the best possible experience for the whole family through the highest standards.

“It is wonderful when new parents tell us we have been able to give them that positive experience at such an important, emotional event in their lives and it’s a great honour to be in line for this award.”

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