"Induced labour at 42 weeks gestation"
About: East Surrey Hospital East Surrey Hospital Redhill RH1 5RH
I had planned a home water birth for the delivery of my second child however, despite my best efforts at 42 weeks there was still no sign of baby making an appearance voluntarily so I was admitted to Rusper ward for induction on the morning of 1/12/14. I was dead against a hospital birth and if I had chosen to give birth at hospital I would absolutely have chosen any other hospital than ESH due to previous experiences there. I am therefore very pleased to say that despite my reservations I had the most positive experience at East Surrey Hospital and every midwife I encountered, from those that started my induction on Rusper ward, to the midwife who delivered my daughter, to the midwives who cared for me on the postnatal ward, were truly wonderful. Kind, compassionate, patient and caring. In the end my labour was very rapid and very scary but the support and care I received was truly wonderful and I had as positive experience as I could in the circumstances, delivering my baby naturally with only gas and air as I had wished. I know ESH has a bad reputation so I felt it was important to share my positive experience. My only criticism would be the cleanliness of the postnatal ward bathrooms which could have been better. Otherwise I have absolutely no complaints! Thank you to the midwives at ESH.