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This is going to be a long post, sorry no other way to explain my situation fully.
I am 32weeks pregnant with a baby boy, I live in a council flat in Cornwall. The flat has a very bad problem with damp and mould, I have mould growing up most walls and I have had to throw a lot of things away, including a moses basket, clothes, duvets, a mattress, food, there is mould growing on my bedframe desk ect... The council have been out now over 8 times, and change their mind on what the problem is EVERYTIME... firstly they said it was us causing it, then they realised it wasn't as we have the heaters all on full, we air the flat by opening windows, we use the fans they fitted before we moved in (they was fully aware of the problem before they moved us in but failed to tell us, we moved in about 7-8months ago) we don't dry clothes indoors, and our tumble dryer has always been the shed as we haven't long just got a cheap one so we can dry our clothes!! I have spoke to environmental health and asked them to come out and look at it but they said it's down to the council to sort it, I spoke to someone in citizens advice her response was "most places have this problem, and there isn't much you can do about damp and mould legal wise" well, I don't know anyone else with this problem in this area! I have asked homechoice to put our banding up so we could get moved quicker as we are only band E which is the lowest, and then once the baby is born I will be put up to band C which will take about 8 months or longer to move!! I have threatened with the newspapers, and sent the pictures to them telling them I will send them to the paper if they don't move us, they haven't even replied to me neither has homechoice or environmental health (I sent them all the same email with pictures) 3 days ago... they normally email back within 24hours. I had someone come out to look at it from the council again yesterday, they told me it is a problem with the pipes, before that it was the air bricks, before that is was something in the wall, before that it was something wrong with next door, before that it was a problem with the seals on the windows, I can go on and on. They just can't admit their is a problem with the building... I have spoke to my doctor as I keep getting ill all the time, he even asked me why my green pregnancy folder was damp! and he said that I know it isn't nice to live in a place like that, but their is nothing they can do. I asked him to write me a letter and he said no, I've asked a few doctors they all have the same response. I have spoke to my midwife (who is pretty useless, always busy) she said there is nothing they can do either, my family nurse has rang the council up but they won't listen to her, now she is writing them a letter for me. They keep saying they will fix the problem and NEVER do, I just want them to move me i'm so worried for my health, partners and unborn baby and even more worried about his health in 8weeks when he is due. I have winter wellbeing come out and look at it today, she said she is going to try and get them to move us but most likely they won't listen to her either. I can't afford to go private rented, and also have a dog and not many places accept pets no more. I don't know what to do no more, I know a girl who has just got moved who is around my stage in pregnancy she told me she had been spraying water on the walls to cause the damp so they would move her, she rang them up and they come out and looked at it and moved her! So you can understand why I am so angry and just feel like i'm hitting my head against a wall. My partner lost his job just before Christmas aswel, so we have big bills coming through which we can afford or pay. The electric is costing us to much aswel due to having the heating on all the time, we can't afford a dehumidifier let alone have one running all the time. Even the bloke who come around from the council said it won't help anyway. My partner cleans the mould off with bleach and sprays anti mould spray on it, within a week it comes back. Anyone got any advice on what I can do?! I need to get moved before the baby is here! and does anyone know the affects of black mould on a unborn baby, and of a newborn baby? Thanks everyone for reading, sorry for the long post but I needed to cover everything. Also could anyone tell me how to attached photos so you can all see for yourself how bad it actually is!
WOW! That all sounds absolutely NOT GOOD! I don't have any experience to help you, I am in the states and that kind of thing would absolutely not be allowed by a renter. I know you said you have a dog, and a partner, but you need to get out of there as soon as possible is my opinion. Do you have family you can stay with, on either yours or his side? Friends? Anyone to help you? I have zero personal experience with mold like that, but I know I have heard numerous times that it can cause terrible respiratory problems among other things. Oh my, I wish I knew how to help! Hopefully one of the other girls will stop in and have some helpful advice!
I agree with Jen you just need to go anywhere else. I know black mold is really not good for a newborn. I dont want to scare you but i have a friend who didnt know her house had black mold until the second time her daughter who was 4 months at the time stopped breathing. It is really not safe for a newborn. I am also in the states so i dont know much about how your health care works but will the baby have a pediatritan and if so maybe you can contact them now and see if they can help. I will keep you in my prayers. Please keep us updated.
I agree with the other posters. Black mold is very bad. Even if it means rooming with friends, family, parents - I would do it. If it means losing your dog to get somewhere safe, then as hard as it is - I would do it. Your health, your baby's health is SO much more important and there are a myriad of horrible diseases and illnesses caused and made worse by black mold.
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When my daughter was an infant we moved into a rental house. Not knowing that they had cleaned all the mold off the walls so we didn't see it. It was growing behind our furniture and we did not notice it for months. In that time my daughter developed horrible cough and ended up on puffers. We found the mold and moved away and our daughter came off her puffers about two months after we moved.