About: Lister Hospital Lister Hospital Stevenage SG1 4AB
I went in to have an induction with my 4th child as i had a seperated pelvis and was high risk. I was told that i needed to go onto the consultant led ward but instead was put on the midwife ran ward which i was not happy about as my baby was high risk of breathing problems. There was no space so i was put into a store room where two beds had been put. it was full of old furniture and the lights didnt work properly. Around 8 oclock my contractions started and i was buzzing the midwife and was told that it was fake labour pains. After 2 hours they agreed to give me gas and air but sent my partner home even though i told them i was in labour. I was then left no one checked on me and i couldnt reach the buzzer in the end my gas run out and i had to shout for help as i was in so much pain and couldnt get up eventually a midwife came even then she didnt take me down to the consultant led unit i think she paniced because of the way i had been treated and were trying to get me to deliver on the ward. They eventually rung my partner as there was a complication and the baby had got stuck. He insisted i was taken to the consultant unit. When i arrived on the unit the midwifes from the ward were not sure how long my baby had been stuck so they gave a rough estimate despite what i was saying. The midwives in the consultant led unit were fantastic and i was given an epidural and given a lot of care and support by them but the experience was ruined by what had happened up on the ward. My baby was born with a huge red bruise on the top of his head and was extremeley uncomftable for the first few weeks from being stuck longer than he should have. All in all i would not recomend Lister Maternity unit under any circumstances. I found some of the midwives rude uncaring and incompetant.