"Labour ward & forceps delivery"

About: Conquest Hospital

I went into labour with my second son in June 2015, my son's heart rate was dipping during pushing and my pushing then had to be assisted with the use of forceps. I was not told of any risks posed to my son or my body and can not believe they are still legal to use when they can clearly cause so much damage. Thankfully my son was born with nothing more than the sclera part of his eyes bloodshot and temporarily damaged (redness upon the white area). Myself on the other-hand suffered a lot of damage, the use of these forceps tore my canal, muscles and pelvic floor muscles to which now I have a bladder, uterine and rectum prolapse (these organs have now lost their support and have descended into my vaginal walls) mothers should be warned about these possible risks before the procedure begins I feel mislead and devastated. I would of opted for a c-section if I had known these types of risks was involved and that I would have to live with prolapse for the rest of my life and I'm only 25! Do not ever agree to a forceps delivery.

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Response from Conquest Hospital

We are deeply concerned and saddened to read your posting on NHS choices about your birthing experience at the Conquest Hospital and our Head of Midwifery would dearly like the opportunity to talk to you about it.

If you are willing to do this, please contact our Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) who will co-ordinate this.

They can be contacted on 01424 758090 or by email at: esh-tr.PALSH@nhs.net.

In the meantime, please be assured that we take your comments very seriously and have shared them with relevant key staff within the organisation.

We sincerely hope that you feel able to make contact with us so that we can talk through your concerns and look into what happened in greater detail.

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