“THE staff are magnificent – they were almost like the family I was missing due to the coronavirus restrictions.”
That’s the verdict of new mum Hayley Wilkie who gave birth to triplets at Worcestershire Royal Hospital – and she can’t praise the staff on the maternity unit highly enough.
“For any mum-to-be worried about going into hospital to give birth there is no need to be concerned. The staff are absolutely brilliant,” added Hayley, from Brockhill.
She’s in a good position to know too.
Hayley, who works at the The Barbershop in Alcester, and her husband Chris, a partner in The Driving Academy in Redditch, discovered triplets were on the way back in September, three new arrivals for their four year-old daughter.
“On the scan they said, well, we can see, one, and another, oh and a third, and at that moment I told them to stop counting,” said Hayley.
Then came the coronavirus pandemic, social distancing and the certain knowledge that NHS staff were heroically battling the killer Covid-19.
However Polly, Ivy and Vivi were born on April 16, all healthy and tipping the scales at more than 4lbs each, but while they were whisked away to the neo-natal unit, Hayley’s condition deteriorated.
“That night I started to feel poorly, and I knew it wasn’t just post-birth poorly,” she said.
“They found I had a haemorrhage and but for the quick reactions of the registrar on duty who knows what might have happened, but she was brilliant and sorted it all out.
“Two days later I moved to transition care unit while the girls stayed in neo-natal and the staff there have looked after them like they were their own.
“They were like the family I was missing.
“If people knew what the staff are like they would not be anxious at all – they are like your own.”
Before long the girls were out of neo-natal, feeding tubes removed, and bedside by Hayley.
“Sometimes as a mum you get worried if someone picks up your baby, but with the staff here you know they will be 100 per cent in safe hands,” she said.
The quartet went home on Wednesday, and Hayley said her mum and stepdad were ‘super excited’.
“They have been great and have got everything for us while I think Chris is trying to get his head round the idea of living in a house filled with five women….”