"Nobody gave me advice about minimising risks"

About: Birmingham Women's Hospital / Gynaecology Birmingham Women's Hospital / Maternity care

(as the patient),

I was instructed to push when I had no urge to push on a full bladder. When my pushes turned out to be ineffective and my contractions began to wane I was advised to lie down. I felt like a piece of meat on a conveyor belt. It was brutal. I agreed to a forceps delivery because I didn't realise the risks involved but they didn't mention them. Nobody gave me advice about minimising the risks of prolapse after delivery even though it felt like my bottom was falling out of my body the first time I stood up. I didn't realise that I should avoid carrying the car seat and shopping. I thought it was normal because of the episiotomy. I now have severe multiple pelic organ prolapse and developed PTSD as a result of the delivery and a horrible encounter with a callous gynaecologist. From speaking to other women I think it may be common practice to ask you to push before you're ready so they can get you out quicker, but in some cases like mine it can be damaging because you use your energy up prematurely.

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Response from Maria McLeod, Birmingham Women's NHS Foundation Trust

Thank you for taking the time to post your story and we are sorry to hear that you had a very bad experience with us.

If you are able, please can you get in touch with the hospital as it may help to talk through your experience so we can try and help with the issues that you have raised. If you contact PALS on 0121 627 2747, hey will be happy to talk through and listen to your concerns.

We also have Midwifery run clinics for women experiencing problems after childbirth and PALS can advise on accessing these for you.

Your comments will be passed on to the teams involved in your care.

We are very grateful for your feedback and the concerns you have raised will be looked into.

With best wishes,

Birmingham Women's Hospital.

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