"Early labour"

About: Russells Hall Hospital

Thank you for teaching me a valuable lesson. I've had two c-sections. The first was planned (forced ) due to breech. I tried for a VBAC and the support was terrible. My labour was going fine at home. I came in because I had a concern for a heavy bleed, I knew I was in early labour. It was confirmed as a heavy show. To this day I will never understand why I wasn't sent home to continue labour. I was there from Friday - Tuesday. Sunday night, the night before I had my girl. I was put on cfm and that's when it went wrong. I wasn't listened to by the midwife when I said my baby is fine. In the end I demanded to come off cfm. By the morning my labour had stopped. By then they wanted to induce me by breaking my waters and a hormone drip. Isn't that a bit more risky for VBAC? In the end I asked for another c section. Oh and my labour started again once I knew I wasn't going back on the cfm. Why would I need induction if I have gone into spontaneous labour? All I needed was to be left alone and labour in peace. I would have told someone if I felt that something wasn't wright. It seem to me that if your body doesn't go by a text book then you are deemed to have something wrong with you. There was one lovely midwife who respected my decisions of having no cannula fitted etc. thank goodness they were the one who discharged me. It seems that my birth plan wasn't read. I will never trust this hospital again.

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Response from Russells Hall Hospital

Thank you for taking the time to give us feedback about your experience of our Maternity Unit. We are very upset to read that you were so disappointed by the care you received during your labour. Making sure our mums-to-be feel supported and listened to is incredibly important to us, especially during such an important occasion, so we are very disappointed to read that you do not receive the support you needed during your stay with us We always aim to practice in a way that provides the safest possible care for mothers and their babies, while also supporting the wishes of the individual. It is clear that we let you down on this occasion and would like to apologise for the upset this may have caused you. You raise a number of questions that we would like to answer but we are unable to without your own details and reviewing your medical notes. We would welcome the opportunity to investigate your experience and would encourage you to get in touch with us to give further details. Please contact our maternity matron’s secretary on (01384) 456111 extension 1317 to arrange a meeting or, if you prefer, get in touch with our Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) on free phone 0800 073 0510.

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