I was induced for pre-eclampsia and my baby required continuous electrical monitoring during labour. However, the wireless connection to the heart rate monitor intermittently failed and a hard wired connection (cable) could not be located in the labour suite.
During the search for the cable I was told repeatedly to stay on my back, a position which increased my pain to an unmanageable level. I had until this time laboured well on my knees and without pain relief, up to 8cm dilation. My request for pain relief went unheeded by distracted staff.
The missing cable was never found and I progressed to the second stage of labour. At this point staff still couldn't monitor my daughter's heart rate continuously. For this reason, I was told that they would need to perform a forceps delivery. I felt I had no option but to say yes, since they couldn’t tell for certain what was happening with my daughter. I felt violated. My body was going to be surgically cut and my baby extracted by assisted means because of an IT issue and missing equipment.
This was also my first labour and I didn’t know to question their actions. Note, my daughter's heart rate was monitored intermittently when the wireless connection worked and at no time were there any indications that she was in distress. I pushed well and, thankfully, ventouse extraction was sufficient to deliver my daughter. At the time I was never informed of this change of plan to ventuose. My second stage of labour was 13 mins total.
I found that the hospital procedures and facilities are not geared towards natural birth (they didn't have birthing balls and stools when we requested). If women want a natural birth and faster recovery, they should not be afraid to be more assertive during labour regarding their birth wishes.
Medical interventions like assisted delivery are an easier 'route out' for hospital staff, but not for the mother and her long term recovery. There are also risks with ventouse for the baby which were not explained during the procedure. Take time to educate yourself before childbirth, and I strongly recommend having a doula.
My impression was that The Princess Royal tend to eliminate risks by overcorrecting and they introduce medical interventions which have no bearing on postnatal quality of life (long or short term).
"My labour experience"
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