"Worst experience ever"

About: Leicester General Hospital

i went to general hospital to give birth because my husband had said it was the best Leicester. Well, little did he know about the maternity unit. I gave birth November 2013 to my beautiful daughter. However, my labour was horrible. I was a first time mother give birth. I didn't have a clue what to expect. My waters broke Tuesday morning but there were no contraction so, i was sent home. By Wednesday morning they got stronger and i couldn't handle the pain. When i go into hospital i was given gas and air. However, this was not working. My legs were shaking so i asked for epidural. The midwife said there were no lounges available to administer the epidural. So then, my husband asked if i could have pethidine. The midwife then replied it can stop the baby from breathing. So we both said no straight away. The only option i had was the birthing pool, i was screaming my head off with the pain. I gave birth to my daughter. I then went on the bed and the midwife examined me and said they it looks like i have got a superficial tear which she can stitch up. However, 2 consultants came and it was a 3rd degree tear. I'm still suffering from this now and its unfortunate it happened. I don't understand why it did happen. I'm was a small framed women why did the midwife not think that there is a possibility i would tear.

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Response from Leicester General Hospital

Dear reviewer, Our midwifery team work very hard to ensure each woman and her family are cared for to the best possible standards, so we are we are incredibly disappointed to read that your birthing experience with us was not as you expected. We would like the opportunity to learn from this, and would also like to offer you the opportunity to discuss your experience with our senior team, so therefore ask you to contact Joan Morrissey, senior midwife for Leicester General Hospital on 0116 258 4865 or email joan.morrissey@uhl-tr.nhs.uk Kind regards Communications Team Leicester’s Hospitals

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