The Southworths with their baby boy Nathan
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Premature baby's parents 'felt we were camping out'

When Michaela Southworth gave birth 16 weeks prematurely, she and her baby were transferred to a hospital 50 miles from home because of a lack of beds at their local neonatal unit.

Michaela says the nurses in the new unit were extremely busy, and she found it "really distressing not to be able to hold your sick child because of staffing levels".

Combined with a lack of cooking or laundry facilities, she added that she and her husband "felt we were camping out at one of the most difficult times in our lives".

  • 02 Nov 2010