"First class care on CLU for birth of first baby"
About: Leighton Hospital Leighton Hospital Crewe CW1 4QJ
I had my first baby, George, on October 6th 2013. After a straightforward pregnancy, I was induced at 2 weeks overdue. After 21 hours following induction my waters broke, 25 hours in labour followed with a variety of monitoring and interventions needed and the resulted in emergency forceps in theatre. Not the water birth I had planned. Throughout my whole labour I received first class care from a midwife and a trainee midwife. I could not find any fault in the care i reeived. The midwives had a fantastic, caring manner not only to me but to my mum and husband, making us all tea and toast. Midwives work long shifts with few opportunities for a break but I felt in safe hands throughout the whole experience. It was very clear that every decision and piece of advice given was in the best interests of me and my baby. I have had bad experiences in other areas of Leighton, A and E is a disaster with some doctors who barely speak English prescribing medication unsuitable for pregnant women! This could not be further away from the antenatal care and care I received in labour. My community midwife was also a diamond! My only comment was the care I received postnatally on the ward after delivery was a real let down, after the superb care on the labour ward, I felt deserted and alone at 3.30am with a new baby having just been stitched up for 3 hours. No one came to see if I was ok, I had to ask 4 times for help to go to the toilet (no.2) as I had a catheter in and was recovering from an epidural. If it wasn't for the assistance of the lady opposite I would have messed the bed :( very degrading. When I mentioned that breast feeding was sore I was told, well what do you expect, it will hurt. As a direct consequence I was desperate to get out of there and went home hours later, this was probably too early and left me struggling. I would not hesitate to return for future babies, if I have any more and cannot thank the midwives on the antenatal and labour ward enough.