I also felt the same, had my son 4 months ago, was induced because of a gestational diabetes, they ignored the diabetes and when my sugar was to low they had nothing to help, i felt so lonely, the staff were rude and i also felt traumatised but said nothing as i was just shocked and tired! I agree the emergency c section staff were great and i was lucky that the three midwifes i had during my induction were much nicer than the ones on the ward! I found breast feeding hard and kept telling them my baby was not getting enough, they told me to carry on as breast feeding was the best and i left thinking it was fine but he later went back to hospital with jaundice so i switched to bottle feeding! I don’t understand how such careless people can be in health care and I’m still trying to get over what i went through
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I have had both my children in NGH (2006 and 2010), I am due to give birth in October 2012. I’m already starting to feel anxious about staying on the maternity ward as I have to have planned c sections and am unfortunately stuck in for 3 days. Both experiences have been horrendous! Labour ward/theatre and HDU was ok but it’s the aftercare that has been traumatic on both occasions. Lack of enthusiasm, empathy and general care being the main issue. The staff on the ward are literally no where to be seen and treat you as an inconvenience I you do manage to catch one. I felt very sorry for the first time mums that had no support with feeding etc, it can be a very lonely overwhelming experience and the staff paid to care and support just don’t.
Mixed experience 3 years ago. Labour and HDU were amazing! Was not as fortunate on the wards, move to the wrong ward then abandoned! Gave my daughter a dummy in night 2, still trying to get rid of it
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I had my son there just over 4 years ago now. My experience was traumatic and exhaustion stopped me from speaking up when I should have done. I only know that now. The emergency caesarian staff were the saviours of my day, and of my son's too I suspect. I felt very lonely during my stay, I sincerely hope things have improved for the better now.
vickystuart, 30 January 2012:
alison1673, 30 January 2012:
Since my post here, I paid to have my medical report on my sons birth. Even after 5 years, it upsets me to read what happened. I obviously can’t detail it all here but the points that shocked me most were midwives who reported they were too busy to attend to me, and that it took over 3 minutes to rescussitate my son when he was born following the caesarian. Maybe they didn’t tell me this at the time so as not to cause me further distress, and to be honest I was almost out for the count by the time he came into the world. But I remember lying there feeling so scared because there was no crying from him. I was in a theatre full of people and there was nobody to talk to. Luckily he came round and 5 days later we went home. Never in my life had I ever been so pleased to walk through my front door. I’m getting over what happened, but I will never forget it. I hope you can get through your experience Vicky, and that your little one is now fighting fit and the apple of everyone’s eye :-) From Alison x
vickystuart, 30 January 2012:
Im so sorry to hear about your hard time, specially when you want to concentrate on the wonderful thing that has just happened, i felt so guilty for being upset when i knew i should just be happy for him, but nothing could touch the amazing love i have for him. I was lucky when he came as they had said so may things could go wrong and he came out perfect, they kept testing his sugar but they always scared me and he kept fighting on, he’s doing great now, but they made me feel everything was my fault. Everything happening that i didn’t want to happen but i did everything they said to have him naturally but it didn’t work, my partner talks about having another baby in a few years and I’ve not been able to even speak a bout it, i have so many happy moments with my boy but I’m terrified about going through the same again. I hated being induced, it was the worst part of it all, i could of got through the contraptions and even all the needles, but the way i was treated and the loneliness was the worst, i found it so hard when you go on the ward by yourself with this little person to look after and your trying to confit him but falling asleep from tiredness and the drugs, i took as little painkillers as i could, got up and pretended i was fine till they let me go home, then they only sent us home cause they were full, but they forgot to give me drugs i was meant to have and tried giving me ones i had already had! i hate to think how many times they messed up, but soon as i got home i got an infection in my c section but was to scared to tell anyone! I don’t think you can ever forget stuff like that but i guess your the same as me just smiling at your little boy for how wonderful he is! but you and him deserved better! Vicky xxx
alison1673, 31 January 2012:
I think we both deserved better. I’m not planning on having any more, but if it happened I’d be the most annoying patient on earth. I’m still angry with myself for not asserting my feelings and fears in the labour ward. I’m no medical expert, but I know my own body and the sense that something, somewhere was wrong was quite overwhelming. But back to my son, he’s now an extremely lively 5 year old, with more bounce than Tigger. And I suppose that’s all that really matters. You sound like a wonderful mum, it’s a shame we both had bad experiences but good that we can discuss it. I’ve not really spoken much about it so it’s actually done me some good. Thank you. Alison x
vickystuart, 31 January 2012:
Yes i guess we do deserve better, i know i should just be happy we both survived but you would think they would be a little protective over you inner well being as well, the health visiter keeps telling me to go back to the doctors as they think i suffer from anxiety now, but i think its pretty justified and i doubt going back to the doctors is going to help me feel better! Yes i wish i had fought back more, specially when one of the nurses was rude to my partner for sniffing because he has been crying along with me! It made me lose faith in people a little, i used to think most people in the world were nice a caring but now i think its little. Ive been lucky, i was told i probably couldn’t hade children so am very blessed to have my son Freddie, but after what i went through i told my parter i didn’t think i could do it again, he agree with what i want but i think he’d like another, I’d love to have one more in a few years but i just don’t know if i could do it all again, if i did i think id plan it better, id go straight for the c section and if possible find another hospital with a private room where i can have visitors! Thank you, you sound like a wonderful mum to and I’m so happy to hear your boys doing well, nothing makes me as happy as when my Freddie is guggerling and laughing away, he’s starting to say muma and mum now! he’s so smart and I’m so proud of him! It has been very nice talking to you, i don’t think many people really understand what we’ve been talking about because they haven’t experienced it! Ive even been scared to go to the dentist after it all! Hopefully ill be well and out of pain soon though, and i know we both are enjoying being mums! xxx
Really friendly and helpful staff throughout labour and aftercare. Sympathetic towards me when they could see i was struggling to breastfeed. Helped loads with that too cos i ended up breastfeeding for 16 months!!
both my sons were born here and the experience was ok. staff were really good and friendly. had some difficulty convincing them with second baby that labour was going to be a quick one! and it was! arrived hospital 2am, got to door of labour ward 2.10am and baby popped out 2.20am! Bad point - the shower was dirty and had not been cleaned after use - gross! My OH had to clean as best he could before i used it. had no choice but to use it.
our son was born here & everything about the service we received was 100%
parking is chargable (as i guess it is at most hospitals now)
& after being taken from the maternity home to a ward, my wife found it very busy/noisy & couldn’t wait to get home
but the maternity home - excellent
very pleasant staff you can get drinks food if you in bed they will bring phone to you to tell familly good news
all my 4 kids were born there they offer good pain relief
options to make your stay as nice as it can be if you
end up there good luck for your new baby
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