Like someone else who wrote here , my birthing experience was a nightmare at the QE. It was a year ago and I wrote a letter that was responded to, but it was extremely traumatic and affected me greatly for a good couple of months after the birth. My waters broke at 4am on the Friday morning. I went to the hospital at 5am and was in extreme pain, to the point where I couldn't walk. A midwife told me I was only 2cm and either I or my husband had to go home. She also performed an internal during a contraction. She was 8 months pregnant herself but in my opinion was really nasty and unsympathetic; she and another midwife stood and chatted about what to do with me whilst both me and my husband were still in the room - it was like we weren't even there. She told me I'd be in labour for days, as I was still only 2cm. Eventually I let my husband go home and they shipped me off to an antenatal ward and left me writhing in a bed. An hour later a midwife happened to hear me and discovered I was 8cm dilated. My husband was called and came immediately, and my daughter was born a couple of hours later. The treatment was like nothing I had expected. I still don't get why they made him go home; it was the loneliest experience of my life. I am pregnant again and am considering other hospitals in the area. I will say that the midwives who delivered my daughter were terrific, but the hospital policy on sending fathers home because I'm 1cm away from being in 'established' labour is crazy.
"Poor birthing experience at the Queen Elizabeth Gateshead"
About: Queen Elizabeth Hospital / Maternity care Queen Elizabeth Hospital Maternity care NE9 6SX
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