I have panic attacks now due to a traumatic labour

I finally in 2011 had a cute baby boy this should of been the best day of my life but it was far from it after being told my baby was going to big, the doctor said I was to be induced on the 15th my due date being the 17th.

I went into hospital on the 15th and got induced the next morning they broke my waters and after a while took me to the delivery suite around 11, 30 they said at 3.30 I was 6cm yet at 9.30pm I was still only 6 he was back to back. They put in 2 epidurals which fell out a fentanyl drip which fell out.

I finally had him at 2.30 am in the morning. I can handle pain but this was horrible I went up to mat2 at 8.30 not one person came to me till 7pm and that was to check my baby’s blood sugar.

I saw them again at 11am the next day when I was allowed home, I asked if my baby was going to be checked they replied at ask why. I said it doesn’t matter then I had to ask if I should be on anti-clotting injections, in all the time I was in hospital (3 nights) I was given a salad sandwich. The midwifes who attended me on mat2 were rude and since having my baby I’ve had really bad anxiety and panic attacks and I know it’s because my labour was traumatic I’m 35 now and its put me of having more children

ASHTON12

The birth of my son at South Tyneside Hospital

My son was born in this hospital 2 years ago; I have just discovered this website and felt I had to tell my story.

A week after my son was due my waters broke, I went to the delivery suite and was examined by a midwife, she said my waters had broken and I would be induced within 48 hours to prevent infection to me and the baby. She left the room and came back, said the head midwife didn’t think my waters had broke and to go home and come back on my planned day of induction if I still didn’t go into labour naturally, I never saw the head midwife she didn’t even come into the room I was in.

For a week I had regular contractions and dilated 3 cms, I was made to go in every day for a heart trace of the baby, every time they said I had a sleepy baby as his heart rate kept slowing, a consultant was called each time and said trace looks fine send her home. I would then hear the midwives whispering that they didn’t think the trace looked good.

On planned day of induction I was told there was no bed for me on the delivery suite, was taken to delivery next morning. The midwife I was given tried to break my waters, I told her they had all ready broke but she tried anyway, said oh there is no waters there!

I ended up having an emergency section, during the op the Anaesthetist was arguing with the some of the midwives telling them to shut up, they were also arguing in recovery.

The next morning I was on maternity ward, told to get up and go in shower, I was in agony and was shouted at by a midwife for been in so much pain as apparently she had a section and wasn’t in pain like I was. I was walked to shower then left. I couldn’t bend down to take surgical stockings off so had to call for help, was huffed and puffed at then left again

I was allowed home the next day, a week later after I’d had the staples removed I felt really unwell, I was shaking and my teeth were chattering, my husband said there was an awful smell and liquid was seeping out of my section wound

I was told to go to A&E. The staff on A&E were lovely. A Gynaecologist came to see me, she was also lovely, she touched my wound and it exploded. What seemed like litres and litres of puss went all over her, up the walls and on the floor, she said my abdomen had burst

I was taken back to maternity ward with my son and given 3 bags of blood and intravenous antibiotics. The next day 3 consultants and 2 junior doctors came to see me, they didn’t introduce themselves or say what they were going to do. A midwife was told to get forceps, and they whispered amongst themselves, a midwife was told to lift my stomach up (bit over overhang off pregnancy belly ) a junior doctor proceeded to rip open the part of my wound that had healed, I was offered no pain relief or told what they were doing, I was in absolute agony and screaming at them to stop touching me, they then all left the room

A few hours later a midwife and a auxiliary arrived and told me they needed to get the fluid out of me, this meant the midwife putting both of her hands on my abdomen and pushing as hard as she could, again this was extremely painful and I was crying out and asking her to stop, she didn’t, at this point my husband walked in and asked them what the hell they thought they were doing, she walked out with her head down. He went down to the staff room to ask what was going on but nobody seemed to know

After this my husband wouldn’t leave me and slept in the private room on a chair for a week, another consultant came to see me, said my wound had broken down and you could see my rectal sheath, he said my wound would have to heal from the inside out then it would have to be sown up again, a lovely midwife arranged for me to have a bottle of gas and air brought to me, I used this the 2 times a day the wound was cleaned and packed

A week later the consultant came back and said he would “fix ” me

I was taken into theatre and my wound was cleaned and repaired, I was in theatre for 4 hours

it was the worst experience of my life, the way I was treated was an utter disgrace.

anon1889

Induced labour, fantastic midwives

I gave birth to my son last week at Arrowe Park and would just like to say how fantastic the midwives were. I had been under the hospital for low amniotic fluid and was checked on with regular scans before being induced for safety reasons.

We arrived at the hospital early in the morning and were shown to our room on maternity ward. I was monitored for the first few hours to check how the baby was doing then given a pessary at 11am to see if labour could be induced. After an uneventful day and night I was checked 11 am the next morning (the pessary has to be given 24 hours to work) and told they could break my waters and start my labour with a drip.

I was taken down to the delivery suite and things got started around 1:45pm. I was in established labour for 1 hour 10 minutes and everything went smoothly. Our son was born perfect and healthy at 4:07pm weighing 6 lb 5oz.

The midwives were fantastic and made our experience a very happy one. I had heard some bad stories about Arrowe Park and now feel the need to write this as I could not fault them in any way.

I was cared for by many midwives throughout my 4 days in hospital including Hannah, Lynne, Kate, Kim, Paula and Pauline. They do an amazing job and should be given credit for this.

Emma27

Good care at the birth of my daughter

Throughout my pregnancy I had various issues and found myself at East Surrey hospital on a few occasions!

On all occasions I had exceptional treatment. At the start of July 2012 my waters broke (due date 27th July 2012), I called the Rusper ward and was advised to go in for a check, it was confirmed that my waters broke. I was kept in and advised that I wouldn’t be leaving without a daughter ๐Ÿ™‚

I was then told the following day that I would be induced if I didn’t go into labour naturally. I did go into labour naturally and throughout this process helped by a member of staff called Marion Saunders.

Marion went high and beyond to help me through the pain sitting holding my hand, breathing with me through the night and allowing me a warm bath late at night. She was amazing and I cannot thank her enough!

When I went down to the delivery suite the midwives there were amazing also, my midwife Anne Evans was brilliant, really caring she helped me through the entire process including when I ended up having an emergency Caesarian due to my daughters waters breaking.

All of the staff in theatre were really good and extremely relaxing and I didn’t feel at any point there was a reason to panic (although there was) my partner, daughter and I are all eternally grateful to East Surrey hospital and the staff!

Greatfu happy new mummy

Traumatic birth made a lot worse by Airedale Hospital maternity service (1st baby)

Went into labour at home, waters broken so went to the delivery suite to be assessed after being put on a machine for monitoring for 30 mins I was send home and advised I needed to rest at home and that I was unlikely to give birth for another 12-24 hours. I was shocked as waters had broke and contractions were 5 mins apart.

I got home obviously in terrible pain and after only being home for 1 hour then gave birth without any paramedics or midwife support just the father to do the work of the NHS.

I then went via ambulance back to Airedale for assessment as did our beautiful new son and we were quickly moved into a private room on ward 21. This is where things went from bad to worse.

We called the buzzer numerous times only for midwifes to come 20 mins later. We started timing it after they never came in any urgency. Then the proud father went to complain at the desk, to be informed they didn’t know anyone was in room 3 and that they didn’t have anyone assigned to my room and thats why we hadn’t seen anyone all afternoon.

We then asked to be discharged, as were not getting anything from being there and it took them 4 hours to get the paperwork sorted. It was basically a traumatic experience of the nhs from start to finish. I would not recommend airedale on all counts. I will go as far to say I think that the parts we experienced are at breaking point and unsafe.

Tina Sparkle

York maternity – I would never go anywhere else

Waters went on the Thursday evening within 15 mins contractions were so strong they took my breath away. Phoned labour ward up who told me to try manage at home for next hour and to phone back.

10 mins later felt contractions incredibly strong and as was baby number 3 was expecting a fast delivery. Hubby called for an ambulance as we are 60 minutes away from hospital by car.

Arrived at YDH labour ward where it was found I had meconium in the waters. I was examined and was told I was 7 cm dilated. I was then taken down to delivery.

I was hooked up to various machines re examined where I was told I was only 2 cm! I wasn’t very happy but as I was in so much pain and already there I was told to stay.

The baby was in a difficult position and had her hand next to her face so tracing her was a nightmare. I was adamant I wanted as little intervention as possible however after my heart rate and the babies went crazy and she was in distress up shot was that after 12 hours of a brilliant team of midwives, students, consultants, anaethetists (best man in the world!) I was rushed down for an emergency c section.

It was not what I had planned at all but the care before during and after was by far the best out my 3 children. Nothing was too much trouble. They even arranged a meal for hubby!

Everything was explained what was going on. I was never left alone and as I suffer from depression. I was supported 100% all through my stay.

My daughter ended up in special care for a few days and I was transferred to a side room. All the staff from cleaners to the surgeon who came to make sure I was ok after the surgery to the registrars and consultants were simply the best.

I had a difficult pregnancy and was very worried about the birth but I needn’t have been. Quite frankly I would never go anywhere else to have a baby. I simply couldn’t fault the service in any way.

squidge08

Labour experience at St Thomas hospital

I was treated very well with the exception of a couple of people who I saw. When I went for my 12 week scan, I saw a sonographer – I can’t remember what she said to me but I didn’t like the way she was towards me or her attitude. When I went for my 20 week scan, I remembered I had a bad experience during my 12 week scan so I came prepared and took note of my sonographers name. She was so rude – because of her, I started missing all my hospital and GP appointments as I felt very uncomfortable. When I went in, she didn’t even say hello or give me any eye contact – she just told me to get on the bed. She didn’t let me see the scan of my baby until towards the end. When I told her I couldn’t see, she just ignored me. She didn’t even explain what she was doing or measuring or anything. My partner asked her if we could know the sex of the baby and she just looked at him and ignored him.

She then told me to walk around because the baby was in an awkward position. I told my partner to help me up as I was feeling faint and she started shouting at me. She said, “Can the two of you stop talking and do as I say? It’s after 4pm and I don’t know about the two of you, but I want to go home. So can you hurry up?” I was shocked and upset and sick. I wanted to walk out but my partner convinced me to stay.

Before we left, she asked us if we wanted any pictures and I said “yes please”. I don’t think she heard me say ‘please’ because she said “Yes what?!” My partner repeated what I said. I felt as though I was having to beg for a photo with the way she was talking to me.

When we were going to pay for the photo, she demanded the money form us and because my partner had gel on hid right hand, he gave her the money from his left. She gave him a dirty look and said “I don’t want the money from your left hand, I want it form your right” I thought her behaviour and attitude was very rude, unprofessional and uncalled for. A lady like that should not interact with sensitive patients like myself in that manner. If I had the time, energy and confidence then, I would have immediately made a complaint.

Also, while I was asleep, my contractions started at 4am. By 9am, they were every 5 minutes so I made my way down to the hospital. When I got there, as there were a few people in front of me, I did not get seen until 4pm. By then I was in so much pain but I tried to keep myself under control as I was previously suffering from panic attacks.

When I did see someone I was upset because she said, “There are a lot of people waiting to be seen and, no offence, you don’t look like you’re in pain so I’m going to send you home.” I was so disappointed it brought tears to my eyes and the pain felt worse. I had travelled two hours on a bus just to get sent back without even being examined. Not only that, I was on my own and I had never been to an antenatal class as the hospital did not contact me for any classes.

She was about to discharge me when a doctor came and told her to examine me before I left. I felt dizzy and started to throw up. When she examined me, a doctor came back and told me that I was a few centimetres dilated and I would not be going home.

After that, the treatment I got was fantastic. I fell asleep and was comfortable.

In the evening I was transferred to a night nurse. Although she was quite nice to me, she was very rough and heavy handed – I felt more pain every time she touched me than I did when I felt a contraction. When I told my partner, he said that he could see that.

I also did not like the way she was getting angry and frustrated with me during the delivery. I did not know what I was doing and she kept telling me to do what I practised in the antenatal classes. I told her many times that I have never been to an antenatal class and I could she that she was getting annoyed.

In the end, when she gave me the baby, I saw he had a big dent in his head. My partner told me the midwife did not wait for me to push the baby out (she dragged him out) and that the dent was from her finger print. That also showed me that she was heavy handed and I wasn’t just imagining things.

After that, the care and treatment I got was so amazing I don’t think it could have got any better. I would also like to mention the care I received from the trainee midwife, as this was so fantastic.

Game520

Maternity ward

Maternity ward! Delivery ward! Assessment ward!

I was admited for induction after being 14days overdue, the midwives, health care ward staff, doctors were very caring, excellent! As a new 1time mommy i was scared but the support and care i got from the midwives on this ward was excellent, it showed how much the midwives enjoy what they are doing! The food and cleaning excellent! They was 1 midwife that stood out from everyone they were really nice to me, supported me. They even came to look.for me and to.check up on me and the baby whn i got moved upstairs on after delivery ward! I would 100% come back to give birth here again!

Rudo Mapfumo

Excellent service

I like to mention the excellent service we got from midwives of QC hospital. My wife gave birth 3 weeks back. We are thankful to the stuff of the hospital for a very positive birthing experience. When we reached triage we were seen by a one of the managers. It is good to see when needed (due to staff shortage) QC managers can work on clinical job. It shows excellent commitment from their side. Experience in delivery suits was excellent. The midwife who assisted during birth was polite and provided a great service. We only stayed 1 day in the ward. Both AM and PM stuffs were great. They helped with breastfeeding. Few Night stuffs was Rude and unhelpful but we thought to ignore them.

Overall we will highly recommend QC.

banerj

Labour ward & forceps delivery

I went into labour with my second son in June 2015, my son’s heart rate was dipping during pushing and my pushing then had to be assisted with the use of forceps. I was not told of any risks posed to my son or my body and can not believe they are still legal to use when they can clearly cause so much damage. Thankfully my son was born with nothing more than the sclera part of his eyes bloodshot and temporarily damaged (redness upon the white area). Myself on the other-hand suffered a lot of damage, the use of these forceps tore my canal, muscles and pelvic floor muscles to which now I have a bladder, uterine and rectum prolapse (these organs have now lost their support and have descended into my vaginal walls) mothers should be warned about these possible risks before the procedure begins I feel mislead and devastated. I would of opted for a c-section if I had known these types of risks was involved and that I would have to live with prolapse for the rest of my life and I’m only 25! Do not ever agree to a forceps delivery.

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