A MUM who gave birth to a 12lb son and suffered massive haemorrhaging has praised Solihull Hospital’s maternity services and criticised plans to reduce the unit.
Last month, Jennifer Rathbone gave birth to her son Joe - but there were complications because he was such a big baby. Due to the blood loss that Jennifer suffered she had to have two transfusions.
“It was quite scary,” said the 28-year-old. “I never expected him to be as big as he was and it was a real shock when I found out how much he weighed.
“None of the midwives could recall seeing such a big baby, and he became quite a celebrity with many members of staff coming to see him. Word spread quite quickly among the staff in the hospital and everyone wanted a look.”
Joe’s older sister Ellie Mae, who is now two-and-a-half, was also a big baby - weighing over 91b. But Joe was heavier still - 4 or 5lbs bigger than average.
Despite a difficult labour, both mum and child are doing fine - although Jennifer has voiced concerns about the proposals to scale-back the hospital’s maternity services.
“The staff at Solihull were absolutely fantastic and there were no problems whatsoever.
“Because I have given birth to two big babies I would be classed as high-risk and under the proposals I would not be able to receive treatment at Solihull. It’s worrying that parents might not have much choice in future.”
Jennifer and husband Paul, who run their own construction business, are planning to have Joe christened later this year.