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12/06/2013 at 10:39
I've seen this on the BBC/Mumsnet today http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-22854554 about the Bounty reps that are allowed on post natal wards. I didn't realise what a lucrative business deal Bounty had going with the NHS.
Did you ever have any problems with them when you were in hospital? I very vaguely remember when I had E I had some photos done, not sure if it was Bounty back then but whoever it was me that she thought she looked like a little boxer and did I want her to redo the pictures - she was my baby, I thought she was cute regardless of her pose
12/06/2013 at 10:44
They came round to see me last time, I was in for 2.5 days and they eventually took a photo of A, but they were awful! There was a bit f hard sell if I remember rightly, some kind of discount if you buy there and then. I'd already organised for a newborn shoot so unless it was an amazing photo I wouldn't have bought it.
Two years later they still e-mail me trying to sell me the photos
This time I don't even think I'm going to talk to them. Having read that article this morning, and a few others over recent weeks I'm actually quite annoyed with them. Haven't even bothered with the infamous bounty pack this time, it was full of samples I never even used last time.
12/06/2013 at 10:50
there's been lots of discussion about this on premmie forums as mums of babies in SCBU weren't always treated with respect or compassion when reps asked instructive questions when mums are separated from their baby. I didn't realise that I' signed up to the marketing info and the continuous stream of email updates about 'what your baby should be doing at 1/2/3 months of age' really upset me. Despite clicking on links to stop them they kept coming.
We never saw them when I was in hospital giving birth, or when we went back in at 3 days old. They did however visit us when we were readmitted to the postnatal ward at a different hospital with mastitis at 9 days. Don't know if it was because I was ill, or just how they do it here, but there was no hard sell for us.
12/06/2013 at 10:53
I only took the pack to see what samples they had as the little sudocrem pots are quite useful when I'm out. IIRC there wasn't much of any interest or use in there this time, apart from some baby/kids h&m discount vouchers which I was looking forward to using. Except I've lost them . Most of what was in the pack went in the bin.
They were really hard sell with the couple in the bed opposite me, though it did appear that they were doing more modern shots apart from the whole "baby wrapped in blanket in plastic cot' pic. They wanted a particular pic in a particular setting though w're told they could only have that item if they bought something else more expensive first
12/06/2013 at 11:06
They came round the post natal ward after I had both my girls but was never offered photos. I signed up, I occasionally got some useful vouchers and free nappies. The emails go into my junk mail so I hardly see them.
12/06/2013 at 11:09
actually thinking about it, I picked up the mum to be pack from Boots the other week and thought it was good, I got a weeks worth of washing powder and fabric softener, a baby towel, decaf coffe, face and sudocrem. I'm all about the freebies but the rest goes straight in the recycling.
12/06/2013 at 11:21
I agree with the 86% of Mumsnetters who think it is unacceptable for NHS hospitals to allow representatives of commercial companies to interact directly with patients on wards in order to gather data and further their business objectives.
It's hard enough doing newborn shoots with week old babies and tired parents at their houses, I can't imagine how difficult it must be for brand new mums and dads who get a photographer coming round to their hospital bed hours after they've delivered their babies. Crazy - and what about infection control?!
12/06/2013 at 12:00
I found them courteous and friendly. They took lovely photos of H which I bought and are still my fave. We didn't buy on the day as I couldn't think it through so did it later with the code. No problems.
I found the breast feeding ladies much worse and pushy and almost intrusive
12/06/2013 at 12:02
I just don't agree with sales reps being present at such a persoonal private and lets be honest vulnerable time.
12/06/2013 at 13:33
I will be telling them to do one if they come near me. I can take my own pics thank you very much.
12/06/2013 at 13:54
They took pictures when I had Joshua but they were absolutely dreadful so we didn't order any. I agree that it is out of order for businesses to be targetting new mothers at such a special time and for the NHS to endorse it, especially when they make you think that you have to get the pack to get the child benefit form. I will take the freebies as it's something to pass the time in hospital but certainly won't be signing anything.
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