"Induction at 39 weeks"

About: Worthing Hospital

My induction didn't go to plan, the midwives were short staffed the night before so I was induced on 7th Feb.

Shortly after the prostaglandin was inserted I had bad back pain and felt like labour was starting...I was told by a couple of midwives that it's unlikely and to relax. I knew the pain I was experiencing wasn't normal so pleaded with the midwives to get me some pain relief. This took over an hour and by then the pain was every 5 minutes and the codeine didn't work and they weren't willing to give me anything else.

The pain was becoming unbearable so they decided to monitor the baby after I kept saying that she wasn't moving. Finally a midwife decided to examine me as I couldn't stand at all and found I was 2cm, they walked away and said they would be back even though I was crying in pain. Within 5 minutes my husband went pale and rushed to the nurses station because I had started haemorrhaging everywhere and felt the urge to push ( again no pain relief)

When this happened a whole army of midwives rushed in and pushed the emergency button and I was taken to delivery where I was then examined at 9cm. The babies heart rate was dropping so the decision was made for me to have a category 1 c section under GA. I cannot fault the delivery team and consultant because they were incredibly fast in acting and getting my daughter out!

The only criticism I have is that the midwives didn't take me seriously when I was expressing pain to them,probably because it doesn't happen all the time but I also believe that one midwive to seven women being induced is not fair. I had a severe reaction to the prostaglandin and needed care asap. So if this was improved then it would have been a better experience.

The aftercare and help was incredible and amazing so again I cannot fault that.

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Response from Worthing Hospital

Thank you very much for the comments that you have made with regards to your experience at Worthing Hospital. We are very sorry to hear that you did not feel well supported by the midwives during your induction and would like to offer you the opportuinity to discuss this in person. Please contact us via PALS on PALSWorthing@wsht.nhs.uk or telephone on 01903 285032.

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