Ban Bounty Reps from Maternity Wards
Online parenting website, Mumsnet are calling for Bounty Reps to be banned from maternity wards and I’m supporting their campaign.
At 34 weeks gestation, I was booked in for a planned c-section. We were expecting twins and had been told the previous week by our consultant that twin 2 had stopped growing, so we would need to deliver our babies early. We knew pretty early on in the pregnancy that this was likely to happen as twin 2’s growth had slowed down quite a bit over the last few weeks.
After being moved from one hospital to another, we were finally ready to meet out babies. Born weighing 4lb3 and 2lb11, I caught a brief glimpse and managed to give both girls a kiss before they were whisked off to the special care unit. Twin 1 required ventilation amongst other things and twin 2 needed antibiotics, again amongst other things. Both our little girls were very weak and needed extra attention and care.
After spending about an hour or two in recovery, I was wheeled into a room on my own, away from the maternity ward where other new mums had their babies with them. I didn’t have my babies with me. I felt lonely, vulnerable and was also trying to recover from the birth. This was a time when I needed rest and support, not a bounty sales rep charging into my room asking where my babies were and if I wanted a new-born photo.
When I explained where our babies were, I didn’t get any sympathy, just a simple, “Oh, ok. I’ll leave this bag with some information and free samples here for you.”
Totally unacceptable and quite upsetting to have a stranger just enter your room without knocking.
For more information on the Mumsnet campaign and to sign their petition, please click here.
Emma, who blogs at ‘Me, the man and the baby’ also shares her bounty experience here.