"Dissapointment and fast labour"
About: Kettering General Hospital Kettering General Hospital Kettering NN16 8UZ
Posted by Christa
I gave birth to my daughter in August 2012. My experience was mixed, as it was my first child I didn't really know what to expect, so i put all my trust in the staff. They made me feel like I was making a fuss when I was actually experiencing very strong contractions which they appeared to miss even though I was being monitored. At no point did the staff check me, when I asked for pain relief I was given co codermol which did nothing I asked for something else and was told its too soon your not in labour, all decided just by looking at me. All the signs that I was in labour where there I asked if I could stand as I couldn't sit on the bed any longer as it was painful, I was told I had to as they wanted to monitor me, still the staff didn't check me, it wasn't until I was making such loud noises that a midwife came and asked what was wrong? I indicated downwards it was only then that the midwife checked me, having to remove my trousers herself and informed me I was 10 cm and ready to push! At this time I was still in a ward with 4 other women the staff then rushed me to a delivery room still with the clothes I came in on, which I then had to give birth in. I was very disappointed with my care leading up to the delivery however the midwife that delivered my daughter was brilliant and I couldn't fault her so that was a positive experience. I understand how busy the staff were and that my labour went from nothing to 10 cm very quickly but I was displaying all the normal signs which no one picked up on, very basic stuff, all they managed to do was make me feel like I was being a pain and i definatley wasnt being listened to. If I learnt anything it is to believe what you are feeling and make the staff listen if you feel they aren't.