"Maternity ward - felt abandoned and a burden with..."
About: Stoke Mandeville Hospital Stoke Mandeville Hospital Aylesbury HP21 8AL
Arrived on a Sunday at 8am for an induction to find out it was shift change time. After an hour of sitting waiting to be seen on a bed in a over heated room a midwife came round. She was pleasant and took time to answer out questions and queries. Then we waited a further 7 hours to be taken to the labour room, the first midwife left after a short time as she was needed to assist another birth, to be replaced by a softly spoken and somewhat nosey midwife who after I had been on gas and air for 4 hours tried persuading my partner I may be better off with an epidural!!! My partner refused cometely and said if I need pain relief I would accept 100ml of pethadine, which I eventually opted for. Lucky for us we had another shift change and the midwife was amazing. I can not fault her and even when babies heart rate started dropping with contractions she kept my partner informed and reassured about the possibility if a c section. Luckily my baby arrived within minutes so this was avoided. I had 2nd degree tears which I have been informed have been stitches perfectly. When I was wheel chaired upto the post natal ward at approx 2:30am, I was abandoned in the chair with my baby. I waited 15 minutes holding my baby until a cot finally arrived. I struggled to get out of the chair and place him in his cot and then struggled with the bed and getting in. I was not shown where the toilets were or the midwife desk and could not reach the alarm call, so I had no option but to get hold of my bag and place my towel under my bum and wet myself. I was at no point offered help or asked if I needed any the next morning. When a shout came for breakfast I struggled out of bed and down the corridor to be given a luke warm cup of tea and 2 slices of cold toast. At this point I just wanted to go home. I was boiling hot, tired an exhausted, lonely and let down. I decided to answer any questions with answers expected just to speed my discharge up and get home where I would call family and friends for there help. I can not state how appalled I felt and still feel at my treatment. I had a horrendous start to my pregnancy with a midwife, which after making a complaint was rectified and then a horrendous end. Buckinghamshire should be appalled by its service. I have not long moved to the county and if I had known they were this badly staffed and trained I would of happily travelled the 280 trip to be treated at my home county. Because of this, my partner and I have decided we will not be having another child as neither of us could bare to endure this process again.