Tuesday Birth Story – Long road to recovery!
January 10th. 2017 | Leave a comment
- We did have to push a few things, the consultant tried to say that babies are often marked from a ventouse but once I showed him the picture of our baby’s head and asked him was that the result of best practice he conceeded that it was a very extreme mark.
- They also accepted that the level of care a consultant offers at semi private level needed to be made a lot clearer in their paperwork. We had understood that a consultant would be on hand if an assisted delivery was required. (Instead I had a junior doctor attempt the ventouse and a registrar perform the forceps delivery.) Apparently this is not the case.
- We asked why women who have forceps deliveries were not given extra follow up care given the damage it can do to the pelvic floor. As it turned out, the hospital did give free post natal physio to those who needed it for up to 12 months after birth. I hadn’t been told any of this and had been paying for private physio care. (I was set up with an appointment accordingly)
- They apologised profusely for the fact that I had been given no pain relief for 5 hours after the epidural had worn off and said that there was no excuse, that the doctor should have sent up a prescription with me to the recovery ward.
- The consultant said that he would understand if I “never wanted to set foot in the hospital again” after my experience but he assured me that if we did have another baby they would welcome the opportunity to provide a much better experience. Alternatively, if we chose to go elsewhere, the hospital would provide any supporting documentation to ensure a positive labour experience.
- We concluded the meeting by saying that we were in no way critical of the nursing staff who did their very best in a very busy working environment.