Jen is diagnosed with cerebral palsy and learning disabilities. When she became pregnant she felt unsupported by the midwives and, after giving birth to her son, was not allowed to take him home. She signed guardianship to his grandparents and now has regular contact with him.
When Jen became pregnant she was not told about parenting classes until the week before she gave birth. She was encouraged to go to the mother and baby unit but refused because she lived with her fianc‚Äö√†√∂¬¨¬© at the time. She felt unsupported by the midwives who talked as if she wasn’t there. She thinks this is because of her learning disabilities. She also was taken off her cerebral palsy medication which left her in severe pain. She was told to have planned caesarean and after her son was born, she spent one week in hospital being monitored while she and her husband looked after their baby. She said that things, like feeding her baby, that should have been proud moments were ruined by midwives watching her.
Before she left hospital she was told she had to sign the baby over to her husband’s parents. They have looked after her son since although she now has regular contact with him. Jen feels very let down and can’t understand why they weren’t allowed to look after their son like all the other parents. She has made a complaint about her treatment with the support of an advocate.