"My pregnancy and labour"

About: Whipps Cross University Hospital

I just want to thank everyone at Whipps Cross who have been with me through my pregnancy and labour. Firstly the purple team community midwives have been excellent throughout the 9 months of my pregnancy. I then decided to have a homebirth and again the homebirth team were excellent, very reassuring and helpful. My plan of a hypno home birth went out the window when i became 14 days overdue. one of the doctors who examined me gave me the option to go over the 14 days as long as i came in to be checked. She was excellent, but unfortunately we can't remember anyones names. That night i went into labour and thought that my plan of a home birth was going to happen.However 20 hours later my progress was very slow and had only dilated 3cm. I then made the decision to go to hospital to be induced. The same doctor suggested breaking my waters and allowing me to move around for a few hours to see what happens. Four hours later with intense contractions I was still 3cms and very disheartened. The midwife we had all night was amazing and helped me to make decisions of how I wanted to continue with labour. I had to be induced and as someone who is very anxious of hospitals and anything medical I felt at ease. 5 hours later the excellent doctors helped me to deliver my baby boy naturally and just avoided a c section. Everyone I have encountered during my pregnancy have been excellent. Too many people are quick to write negative comments and i just wanted to reassure others and to share my experience. Thank you to everyone involved you do an excellent job. it's just a shame you have to spend so much of your time filling in paperwork! My birth was on Thursday 20th Feb, and I was admitted the evening before.

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