"Wonderful care during labour"
About: Wishaw General Hospital / Maternity care Wishaw General Hospital Maternity care ML2 0DP
Posted by irnBru (as ),
My waters broke unexpectedly at 38+1, so I went to hospital to be checked over. The midwives care was excellent although I was aware they were short of staff. I was in the department from 10pm-1am so had a bit of a wait, however I was pain free and comfortable so this wasn't an issue. I was sent home have mild contractions and a plan was in place. By 6am the next morning I was in significant pain and felt the need to return to hospital, when I called to give the midwives notice I was told they would examine me and possibly send me home with painkillers if I wasn't in established labour which I expected. By the time I reached the department, I was really struggling and could barely walk. The midwife asked me to "jump up on the bed" which I felt was a poor choice of words given the pain I was in. My husband had to help me remove my lower garments while the midwife watched, I felt she didn't believe how sore I was. I was however 6cm dilated, quickly given analgesia and admitted to the labour room.
My midwife throughout the whole birthing process was nothing short of wonderful. She understood my concerns and was sympathetic. She adhered to my birth plan. She gave me good advice and kept me calm through a very scary experience for a first time mum. Her care was unintrusive and I didn't feel that her presence was overpowering. She kept us up to date with examinations and plans. She was very reassuring. She recognised when I was in need of stronger pain relief before I did.
She allowed us time with our newborn son before carrying out her observations and examinations of him. I did require stitches after delivery which she done very well although this was something I was worried about. She then came to visit us in another ward the next day, it was so nice to see a friendly and familiar face. This was a compassionate touch.
My labour and delivery experience was a very positive one despite my fears and I believe this was all down to the care of my wonderful midwife. My son is almost 1 now, and I still think back fondly.