New mum accuses staff at Canberra’s Centenary Hospital for Women and Children of leaving her in blood-soaked sheets for an extended period after giving birth.

Tip Kilby gave birth to her daughter Sophia last month, reports ABC NEWS.

Her husband Matthew said she suffered a massive bleed, but staff did nothing to clean the mess for over one and a half hours.

“All the midwives disappeared, the doctor … and Tip’s just laid there with this little baby on her chest,” he said.

“She’s just lost a litre of blood and there’s pools of blood underneath her. The little baby’s leg and feet are in it.”

Mr Kilby said he did not blame the nurses because it was clear they were overworked.

“They’re frantic, they’re almost in tears, because they can see the problem but they’re just understaffed,” he said.

Mr Kilby said he believed his and his wife’s experience was indicative of a shift in medical care across the country.

“It’s like a factory farm, it’s not a hospital, it’s not a place of care or nurturing,” he said.

“It’s not a society I want to live in, where we can’t respect the place where life starts.”

Did you have a similar experience at all?

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  • I had awesome treatment with all 3 of my kids and have nothing to complain about. Other then with baby 2 when an older nurse decided to inform me that I was “A very silly girl” when I wanted to leave the hospital less then 24hrs after having my baby. I had a 3yr old to look after and we had a business to run so if my husband couldnt work we wouldnt get paid. I needed to be home.


  • How awful, I feel so sorry for that woman.


  • labour can be very messy! I lost heaps and they still made me get up and shower on my own!! twice (both pub and private)


  • This doesn’t surprise me at all. Those poor nurses are so over worked it’s not funny. Australia spends it’s money in the wrong areas!


  • I never had such an experience. It must have been so ugly for that woman and her baby. Something surely needs to be changed in the health system.


  • Good and bad in all hospitals – sometimes you have to be a very squeaky wheel to get the attention that should be given without complaining. Pity that this happened.


  • This poor woman. I reckon we stop the pensions for ex-serving politicians and we’d have an immediate glut of funds we could direct towards health care. Politicians should be required to plan ahead for their superannuation too rather than rely on an annual pension from the public. Ridiculous.


  • When I miscarried once and bleeded heavenly I was placed on a ward between all happy mums with babies, but it was clear it was due to shortage of places and staff.


  • I gave birth in a small town hospital and the nurses had plenty of time for us patients.


  • With my last labor I was lucky that hubby had called ahead because when we turned up they sent 3 women to emergency ward instead of labor ward as there were no beds. After I gave birth they sent me up to the ward within 20mins just do they can get someone else in. I was happy to go and being my fourth child, I was more than capable too but I felt for the first time mums who were rushed out due to shortages.


  • When I gave birth nearly 30 years ago, I laid in a blood soaked bed nearly all day. Nobody even bothered to check and I’d say it was a lot more than a litre too.


  • That’s disgusting. How distressing for that family


  • 2012 in vic hospital I had a PPH and it was dripping though the mattress of the bed took my family walking out of the room and finding the midwife to get something done about it


  • Not in ACT, but I know a Mum who lost a lot more blood than she should have, needed stitches but was left alone for an hour or more. They left her baby in a crib in her room, too far away for her to comfort when she cried. She was bleeding more every time she forgot and tried to turn over to see her baby.


  • I guess I was very lucky with all 3 of my children being born at public hospitals.
    I always felt that the care i received was wonderful and the nurses were all lovely.
    Not a bad word to say here.


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