"Our birth story"
About: Leighton Hospital / Maternity care Leighton Hospital Maternity care CW1 4QJ
Posted by Star (as ),
I had a fantastic pregnancy without any complications and hoped that the birth would be as easy.
Two days after my due date at 6AM I noticed that my water broke. I phoned the hospital and they told me to ring again once I have contractions every 5 minutes.
After ~2 hours I had regular contractions every 5 minutes. So they told me to ring once I had them every 2 minutes - which I did. I was then told that I wasn't in enough pain (how would they know) because I could still talk.
We rung again at 1:30PM after having contractions EVERY minute.
They still said that since it is my first baby it wasn't very likely that I would deliver soon and I should wait a bit longer.
But I couldn't wait any longer and told my husband to bring me to the hospital NOW. We arrived there at a few minutes before 2PM and I felt the urge to push.
45 minutes later my lovely baby girl was born, no time for any pain relief or water birth.
At the same hospital, the same thing happened to a friend of mine.
I believe the hospital should not just go by guidelines which tell them that a first time birth is expected to take 2 days. They should take mums more seriously, and anticipate that mums experience pain differently and some might even be able to talk right to the moment of giving birth.