"I believe the head midwife needs re-training!"

About: Cheltenham General Hospital / Maternity care

(as the patient),

I gave birth at Cheltenham hospital 2.5 year ago. All the midwives were lovely apart from the head midwife.

I am now expecting our second baby and when i go in for my 20 week scan if i find out she still works there, i am going to have a home-birth or give birth in Jersey (where i am from).

The reason for this is because for my first birth she was so rude to me.

I arrive at the hospital at 2am on Wednedsay morning, my contractions were really painful. I was examined and I was only 2cm. I was given gas and air (which i loved!!). At 4pm in the afternoon I was checked again and I was still on 2cm. I was very disappointed because the pain seemed to be increasing but nothing was happening!

At 8.15pm the head mifwife came in, unplugged my gas and air mask from the wall and walk out the room with it! Not before telling me that my baby would not be born if I didn't get up and move around. She did not examine me to see if my progress had changed at all!! She just switched the gas and air off.

I would like to point out that I had walked up and down the flights of stair as many times as I could but my contractions were just one on top of the other hence the reason i was lying in bed......in severe pain.

When she walked out the room, I thought I must have been dreaming .. or maybe the gas and air was making me see things!!

At 8.25 the main midwife who was looking after me was leaving for the night, so she came to introduce the new midwife. She examined me and I was 10cm dilated!!! My daughter was born about 5 mins later.

It has been almost 3 years now and I still can't forget the head midwife taking my pain relief off me when I was so close to the end of labour.

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