"Post natal care"
About: St Richard's Hospital St Richard's Hospital PO19 6SE
After a difficult first time in labour, totalling 42hrs and ending in an emergency section, I wasn't given any pain relief despite having back to back contractions. I felt desperate and wasn't sure what to do. Once I was kept in hospital and had my section, the midwives on delivery suite were quick to notice my baby was in distress, and my baby girl was delivered an hour later. I felt that the post natal ward let the experience down. It was not due to being busy or lack of staff. The midwife even said they had lots of empty beds. My vital signs weren't monitored enough. I know this as I am a nurse and work on a surgical ward. The second day my observations were taken 4 hourly as there was a student nurse who, bless her, didn't have much to do. My experience with my son was better. A midwife friend had arranged for her friend to look after me. Apart from my spinal waring off during the operation, and them giving me a double dose of paracetamol in one hour, my experience was better. But once again, once on tangmere ward, the after care wasn't up to scratch. Finally discharged at 7pm, which was just too late. I'm due to go in to have my third baby next week, & it's my third section. Here's hoping for a good experience!