About: Southmead Hospital Southmead Hospital Bristol BS10 5NB
I gave birth to my son after being induced at 40+12. I was induced on quantock ward however I had to have a pessary and 2 gels to get labour going. I found being left on my own on hospital very difficult and unfortunately due to the visiting hours and the labour ward being full when I went into labour during the night I was taken to a room on my own and told not to call my husband as he needed to sleep. I was left on my own devices for several hours, being a first time mum I was very scared and in lots of pain. When I did go through to labour ward and was joined by my husband the staff were lovely and attentive. I ended up having an emergency c section and found that no body communication with me during the procedure and left my husband to reassure me. Having said that my child was delivered safely for which I am grateful. My main concern about the physical care given was that exhausted I kept falling asleep whilst feeding my child. My husband raised his concern with the midwives that I would drop my child (as he was made to leave very shortly after the birth again due to visiting hours) however there was no bed with a sides and although reassured that a midwife would stay with me whilst I fed in my husbands absence this did not happen. Apart from this however after care was reasonable with some really helpful midwives who helped me with breast feeding.