"very harrowing and unneccesary experience"

About: Watford General Hospital / Maternity

(as a relative),

most terrifying experience imaginable. she went into Watford mat seven days overdue her expected date had been in and out of early labour since 18 days beofre baby was duel and had been sent home. each time she went to be checked waters were leaking but no one seemed concerned until reg saw her when she was having strong contractions and said she must not be sent home until baby was born.

after further 28 hours in agony and no available bed in delivery being kept on antenatal ward baby only being intermittently monitored she was taken to delivery where it was soon evident there were problems, baby's heart tachycardic and then stopped. crash team attended labour and epidural continued with induction drip. baby's heart stopped second time then started but kept dropping, midwife was observed to be nodding off in the corner when she was supposed to be closely monitoring. no one seemed that overly concerned to take action until daughters partner insisted on c section after daughter told him she could not do it as she was exhausted. midwives conflicting with each other in delivery room as to which action to take. eventually consultant decided on c section when baby's heart was becoming very slow.

all in all a very harrowing and unneccesary experience which has left my daughter very dissillusioned with the unit and midwifery care during labour. but the theatre team were wonderful having got my beautiful granddaughter out in 5 mins.

just hope this doesn't happen to another mother but sadly I'm sure it will

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