A MUM has spoken of her heartache at having to leave her new-born baby in a special care unit 44 miles from home.
Anna Holdsworth, 30, of Whinney Hill Park, Brighouse, started bleeding on September 12 and was taken into the labour ward at Calderdale Royal Hospital.
But as she couldn’t be accommodated in the special-care baby unit, a few days later she was transferred to Doncaster Royal Infirmary.
On September 18 she gave birth to her daughter, Terry, at just 31 weeks six days’ gestation – weighing 3lb 9oz.
Terry is now healthy and out of an incubator. She is in the hospital’s special-care nursery, building up her strength.
Staff have been ringing Calderdale Royal daily but a transfer has not been possible.
Mrs Holdsworth was offered a bed at Doncaster but was torn between staying and caring for her three children at home, Dylan, six, Adelaide, four, and Harry, two.
She returned home the following day alone by train.
“It’s heartbreaking. I have a history of post natal depression and this doesn’t help,” she said.
“Leaving her 44 miles away is scary.
“I’m upset, feeling empty and physically drained.
“I would be happy if she could come back to Halifax or home.”
She has visited her baby three times in hospital - a journey which takes more than three hours by train and bus.
She said staff in Doncaster had expressed concern over her bonding with her daughter.
“I would have loved to breastfeed. Instead, I’m taking breast milk in a bottle and that is given her through a tube or cup,” she said.
“Looking at her picture does not help. I don’t know what her crying sounds like or what her temperament is like.
“Doncaster staff have been supportive and trying to get her back but with no joy.”
Last Monday Mrs Holdsworth was told a cot would be coming available at Calderdale but that never materialised.
The following day she was offered Dewsbury or Wakefield.
But, Mrs Holdswirth said Terry might be hospitalised for a few weeks and she wanted her near home and accepting elsewhere might scupper her wish.
Mrs Holdsworth last year lost a boy due to placenta rupturing at 28 weeks and baby Luke was cremated.
She said premature babies were being born regularly and health bosses had not provided enough provision to care for them near to home after reorganising services which included accommodating Huddersfield babies in Halifax.
A spokesperson for Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust said: “We are sorry the patient is not happy with the service we provided and we would urge her to contact us so that we can look closely at the issues raised.”