"Could have gone wrong"

About: East Surrey Hospital

It all started one week before my baby was due. At 4 in the morning waking up to what I was sure of was waters breaking I called maternity ward and was told to come into day ward. Which we did first thing in the morning. In triage the midwife checked cervix, but said she can't feel it it must have been me not beeing able to hold wee. Now I was sure it was different but its my first baby I could not question her experience. Later that day contractions started to get stronger with peak at 5 am. I had terrible back ache from that day on and i went in every day in triage just to be told I have not progressed further then 4 cm. Back ache continued whole week could not lie down only in hot bath which i had to top up every half hour didn't get any sleep. By friday I could not have a wee which added to my pain. Again saturday 4 am could not take it any longer phoned up mentioned that i could not wee although i was drinking water. Was told to come in day ward. Had to give wee sample to test for infection but could not produce large enough sample to test. The only test that was possible was for protein which was high. Now checking cervix again they were no longer sure if my water had broken on tuesday. Was given antibiotics just in case. When my contractions started again around 7pm they started preparing for drip because it still was just 4 cm. Again trying to find out if waters had broken someone checked cervix and found out that first waters might have gone but there also was meconium. No wonder my baby was stressed she tried to come out since tuesday. I did have horrible pain in my back which i mentioned many times of course i decided to go for epidural. Unfortunately the needle went in too dfr which caused a leakage in spinal fluid and later caused painful head ache when upright and needed to be fixed with blood patch aalmost a week later but thats a different story. On sunday morning I had to make decision for emergency c section because I was still just 7 cm after a full night of contractions. During c-section they found out my baby was back to back thats why I had strong back ache and the position she was in would have not allowed her to come out naturally. I do understand things happen hiving birth is not always straight forward I was lucky my baby is healthy and that's all that matters. But sometimes listening is more important than thinking you already know what the problem is. I told them about back ache and i knew my waters had broken. Also it doesn't hurt to do another scan to be sure sometimes if baby is in the right birth position. From my experience most midwifes tried their best some are too sure that they have seen it all and know it better rather than to look twice and treat each case as it'ts own. P.s.: this is not a complaint I hope you treat it as feedback which will help for future cases like mine.

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Response from Bethan Borrett, Digital Communications Manager, Communications, Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust

Dear Ella,

Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. We continually try to improve the care we give to patients and feedback plays an important role in this. I will make sure your comments are passed on to the maternity department.

Kind Regards,

Bethan

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Response from East Surrey Hospital

Dear Ella, Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. We continually try to improve the care we give to patients and feedback plays an important role in this. I will make sure your comments are passed on to the maternity department. Kind Regards, Bethan Borrett

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