Conditions that threaten women’s lives in childbirth & pregnancy


Age at interview: 35

Brief outline: Simon's wife needed an emergency caesarean to deliver their baby (her second). She developed complications, including a uterine rupture, which lead to a haemorrhage and surgery. His wife spent several days in intensive care and a high dependency unit.

Background: Simon, a 35 year old marketing manager, is married with one daughter. White British.

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Simon was with his wife (Hannah– NM01) during the first part of her caesarean operation and saw his daughter being born. But once her complications developed he was rapidly asked to leave the room. He was not given any updates of Hannah’s progress until she had been taken up to intensive care (ITU), which was more than three hours later.


Simon was left looking after their daughter, but was not allowed to stay with her in the hospital overnight, which he found very distressing. Once his wife was transferred out of intensive care he was allowed to sleep on the floor of the high dependency unit (HDU) while his wife and daughter were there. He described those as special days, but he was again asked to go home for the two nights that Hannah was on the ward. He used up a large portion of his paternity leave while his wife was still in hospital, and it was hard managing to support her when she was discharged, and he had to go back to work. 


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