Increasingly, over the last month, I have found myself more and more worried and agitated about pregnant one. Back in February, when they found out they were having an addition to the family they put their little two up, two down house on the market. They could see that things may become a bit overcrowded for them when the new baby became mobile so thought a move to a larger house would be a good idea. In a buoyant housing market they found a buyer quickly, they were told he had sold his flat so was all ready to move. They heated up their house viewing then, when they found out they were expecting twins, quickly adapted their requirements and found a house suitable for their expanding family. All appeared well. The vendors had found the house they wanted and that owner was emigrating, so they were one link away from the top of the chain and one away from the bottom, this was the end of February. It is now the end of June and the deceit is positively racing out of the woodwork. Above them all is well, but fraught, below them a cascade of time wasting is threatening everything. Day by day new obstacles are thrown up, whilst day by day daughter is getting closer to giving birth to the twins. Their estate agent has been worse than useless, he is of the opinion that he will be paid for doing sweet ‘fanny adams’. Their purchaser’s solicitor has failed to respond to communications from daughters legal bod, and his mortgage company failed to pick up on ongoing applications when one of their employees left. Daughter is now stressed to the max. Her Braxton Hicks are kicking in with a vengeance, last night they were so ‘uncomfortable’ that her partner wanted to take her to the hospital, her blood pressure is still normal but rising, she is having frequent nose bleeds, and is now so worried that she isn’t sleeping.
Her comes the overlap, I’m her midwife and her Mother, and I want to kick someones ass so hard they can never sit down again! Before now, if one of my patient’s work have not carried out the risk managements they are supposed to for pregnant employees, I have dropped them a line reminding them of their responsibilities. If they have told women that they cannot have time off for clinic appointments I have sent them a letter advising them that they are in contravention of statutory maternity rights, in this case, which is potentially damaging to my daughter and unborn Grandchildren, I can do nothing, except seethe and worry.
All I know is that if I were one of these solicitors I would have been hauled over the coals and would, by now, be plastered all over the tabloids for failing to do my job. Can you sue a solicitor?