Ban Bounty Reps from Maternity Wards

June 24, 2013
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.

4 Comments

  • Coco C

    June 24, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    Totally with you Emily. Every day when I was on the ward and Posey was on special care the rep came into my room and said 'you're still here then. When is your baby coming out of special care? let's arrange some photos.' Very intrusive, business-focused and actually like having to walk past a living nightmare every day on the ward. I got no peace from her and my husband had to literally tell her to back off and be human. I was so upset about the pressure she put on me when all I wanted was to be with my baby on special care or rest in my room x

    1. Emily

      June 24, 2013 at 7:21 pm

      It's awful, isn't it hun. So rude and obnoxious. Totally devoid of feeling. I really hope the mumsnet petition has some good results xx

  • Vicky Charles

    June 26, 2013 at 9:37 am

    I have to say, I had a completely different experience with the Bounty rep when I was in hospital. My daughter was 5 weeks early and we were in hospital for 2 weeks. For two days of that, S was in NICU and I was on the ward on my own, feeling like crap. The Bounty lady was on the ward most days, and always stopped to say hello: "oh bless you, you're still here, you poor thing. Here, I've got lots of packs at the moment, have another. Have some free nappies…" She always had a bright smile and was very pleasant and friendly to everyone. She spent a lot of time on the ward just chatting to both staff and patients and seemed genuinely interested in how people were doing.
    I left hospital with about 10 of those bloody Persil towels!
    I'm saddened to find that all Bounty ladies are not like this one!

  • 3yearsandhome

    June 28, 2013 at 10:40 am

    Having given birth in Switzerland, I've not experienced this but it sounds horrendous. This is exactly what you don't need when you've just been through the most difficult but joyful thing in your life. It's completely intrusive and badly timed.

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