"Is St Mary's labour ward right for you?"

About: St Mary's Hospital (London)

If you don't mind that the birthing centre arranges for you to go to the labour ward - but upon arrival at the labour ward they have no knowledge of you... Then St Mary's labour ward might be for you.

If you don't mind the fact that your partner has to carry you around the ward in their arms as wheelchairs and gurneys don't fit through the doors... Then St Mary's labour ward might be for you.

If you don't mind being told that your birth pool is ready only to get there and see that it is basically empty... Then St Mary's labour ward might be for you.

If you don't mind being in extreme agony and not being offered various pain relief options... Then St Mary's labour ward might be for you.

If you don't mind four healthcare professionals contradicting each other and giving you four different pieces of information in the space of an hour... Then St Mary's labour ward might be for you.

If you don't mind your baby going into foetal distress because your repeated enquiries are dismissed... Then St Mary's labour ward might be for you.

If you don't mind medical staff using emotional manipulation as a birthing tool... Then St Mary's labour ward might be for you.

If you don't mind medical staff not believing you or ignoring what you say... Then St Mary's labour ward might be for you.

If you don't mind your baby listening to you scream (as a result of the savagery with which you are stabbed with multiple injections post birth) instead of you listening to them scream... Then St Mary's labour ward might be for you.

If you don't mind being left lying naked on a pile of dirty bloody sheets for two hours after birth... Then St Mary's might be for you.

Unfortunately it only gets worse once you leave the labour ward. The midwife we dealt with at the birthing centre was also the single most unhelpful person we have had to deal with in all our months attending St Mary's. I hope this review helps prospective parents decide whether St Mary's might be for them.

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Response from St Mary's Hospital

Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust is extremely concerned about your experience whilst in labour at St Mary's hospital.

You have raised some significant concerns and we would encourage you to contact Patient Advice and Liasion Service (PALS) by email on pals@imperial.nhs.uk or telephone on 0203 313 0088, so PALS can investigate further.

Your comments have been taken very seriously and have been passed to managers for Maternity service at St Mary's hospital.

Imperial would like to apologise for the distress caused during your stay at St Mary's hospital.

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