Sadness over changes at the hospital

A mum-of-two who suffered from complications during her second pregnancy says she was ‘sad’ to hear about the downgrading of maternity services at the DGH.

Anna Anton, of Longstone Road, had a condition called placenta praevia and there was a danger of her placenta coming out first before the baby was born.

The 29-year-old, who delivered son Preston Anton-Goacher in November by emergency Caesarean, bled during the pregnancy and was in and out of hospital for several weeks. She said she was concerned the outcome could have been different if she had to travel further afield, adding, “It was difficult for my other child, he was getting distressed because I was not at home, I think it’s a long way if you then had to go to Hastings or Brighton. It would be difficult for my partner to drive all the way there and come back.”

Miss Anton, who also lives with her partner Steven Goacher and her other son Sean Oliver, six, was then in the Special Care Baby Unit at the DGH after Preston’s birth for 10 days. She added, “I was very sad to hear about the maternity changes, there is a bond you have with people at the baby unit.”

A spokesperson for East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust said, “When the changes to services have been made, the safest place for a woman who has had risk factors, such as placenta praevia (or low lying placenta), identified to give birth will be in the consultant led obstetric unit at the Conquest Hospital. “A detailed plan for the delivery will be made and the woman and her family will have the opportunity to discuss this and any concerns they may have with their obstetrician and/or midwife. The temporary changes to maternity services are being made purely on the grounds of safety. The changes are supported by the Consultant Obstetricians and Gynaecologists who work at the Trust, who believe, based on the evidence, that these changes will deliver a safer service for local women and babies.”