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Mother told to clean own room after caesarean

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12:07 CEST+02:00
Mother-of-two Elin Andersson has highlighted staffing shortage problems at a maternity ward in Sundsvall in northern Sweden after she was asked to clean out her own hospital room just two days after giving birth by caesarean section.

Every time Andersson required medicine she had to call staff to remind them, she told local newspaper Sundsvalls Tidning. The new baby's father meanwhile was requested to aid in the care of his partner.

Two days after the operation, the recovering mum decided she was ready to go home.

”That was when the midwife said I had one final task to perform. Then she went and got a big white laundry bag and asked me to clean out the room and the bed where I had lain,” she told the newspaper.

Two midwives at the Sundsvall maternity ward admitted that Elin Andersson painted an accurate picture of their workplace.

”She describes precisely those bits that we don't have time for,” said Gunnel Westerlund.

”Medical safety always comes first and you can't leave a mother while she's giving birth. It's true that we sometimes need to make use of the parents and that doesn't feel good at all.”

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