Families need facilities close by to visit poorly babies kept in hospital after birth

Ethan and Oscar Mullins, both born at the Horton Maternity Hospital
Ethan and Oscar Mullins, both born at the Horton Maternity Hospital

Ginny Mullins’ son Ethan, born at 35 weeks, contracted the Strep B infection during delivery and spent the next two weeks in special care at the Horton.

Discharged herself, Mrs Mullins and family were able to visit the baby easily in Banbury. That journey to Oxford every day would have been intolerable, she said.

“Ethan stopped breathing at three days and needed oxygen to stimulate his breathing. He was then under the hospital for about two years, in and out of the children’s ward nearly every month requiring overnight stays,” she said.

“My second son Oscar was a very quick labour of one hour 23 minutes from me waking at home to delivery. We wouldn’t have had time to to reach Oxford after making provision for Ethan. We would have ended up delivering in the car, which could have been fatal as the cord was wound round his neck. In addition I needed to have an intravenous line set up for antibiotics as a precaution in delivery due to the risk of the strep B infection,” said Mrs Mullins of Banbury.

“I was born in the Horton with my twin in 1977. Mum was admitted for a eight weeks prior to delivery for observations. I was looked after in the nursery as I had been a breach delivery and was small. It seems ridiculous to be making cuts when the service is needed as much as 40 years ago.”