"Awful experience giving birth 3rd time"
About: St Thomas' Hospital / Maternity care St Thomas' Hospital Maternity care SE1 7EH
Posted via nhs.uk
This will be my third labour here at St Thomas’s. I had been booked for an induction due to GDM. Arrived on Friday 2nd August at 11:30am. I hadn’t been prepared for the horrid experience ahead. Firstly, doctors did not inform me of the uncertain lengthy process of induction. I was advised not to take any medication whilst being induced ( I’m on Metformin 3x a day). The midwifes at the hospital strongly advised that I continue taking it to control glucose levels which totally makes sense as the hospital food isn’t Diabetic friendly and will send your high level flying through the roof!!! Secondly, I wasn’t emotionally prepared for the whole unethical experience. I felt like a caged animal amongst other women in agony as we were all suffering from artificial contractions. I was contracting 3x in 10 minutes, put onto gas and air, only to wake up to a false alarm whilst other screaming women were being rolled into the birthing centre, some had been only on the ward for 6 hrs! I had been Contracting for 48 hours! One progress inserted and two progastaglandin gels and three examinations later, I was laying in a hospital bed that hadn’t been changed since my arrival!!!!! This has been a horrific 48 hours. When I asked to speak to a consultant or doctor, they reassured me once a bed becomes available, I’d be the next patient transferred to have my waters broken. Really? Another 48 hours on the ward? I wish I’d taken more control over the whole process and requested an elected C-section instead of the agonising wait. Childbirth should be an intimate and enjoyable experience. I felt as if it robbed me of the joys of childbirth. In the end it left me wanting to just go home and wish away the whole experience.