Woodford mum claims midwife told her: ‘Hurry up my shift is ending’

A woman claims she was told by a hospital midwife to hurry up giving birth because her shift was ending.

The allegation comes after Redbridge Local Improvement Network (LINk), a health and social care group, last week released a 26-page report on maternity care at Queen’s Hospital in Romford.

The report, coupled with a Barking Havering & Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust (BHRUT) public meeting on Tuesday, prompted 26-year-old Eve Monroe to share her traumatic experience with the Recorder.

The former PA from Bradwell Close, South Woodford said her labour on January 2 has left lifelong emotional and physical scars, and despite making an official complaint in April, re submitted by Leyton and Wanstead MP John Cryer in July, has not received a response.

Eve claims she was treated with contempt by staff who did not even let her change out of a robe she had vomited on, for the entire six hour labour.

She also claims when she asked for an epidural she was refused on the grounds they were short staffed and it would be a 30-minute wait for the anaesthetist.

Eve added: “She (the midwife) wasn’t being attentive. She just stood leaning against the wall with her arms crossed, telling me to ‘close your mouth, I don’t want to hear that noise’ and ‘hurry up, my shift is finished in 45-minutes and I’m tired and want to go home.’”

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Eve added: “As soon as (my baby) George was born she was gone. My partner had to go and find someone to stitch me up.”


BHRUT Director of Nursing Deborah Wheeler said: “We didn’t receive the initial complaint from Mrs Monroe, but will be replying to the complaint submitted on her behalf by her MP shortly.

“I want every woman to have a good experience of childbirth at Queen’s and I’m sorry to hear that we didn’t deliver this for Mrs Monroe.

“Enormous work has taken place in recent months to improve our maternity services and the care that women receive.

“The Havering LINk recently visited the maternity department ...and saw for themselves the improvements that been made.”