"Induction of first baby"

About: The Royal London Hospital

At 41 weeks my baby had stopped moving for the second time, so after being on the monitor for an hour where he was moving well and had a strong heart beat, the midwives said although he is very happy the doctor had looked at my notes and since he was now overdue they are going to induce me. So at 12 noon I was told to go home get my hospital bag, have some food etc and be back at the ward for 4pm. I did exactly that, and then waited until midnight to get a bed - I totally understand its busy and some people were already in labour and they need to be prioritised but since my baby was happy it would have made more sense to send me home (my flat is across the road from the hospital) and then just called when a bed became available and I would have been there within 10 mins. It was then too busy for me to be induced so I spent the night in hospital and was induced at 7am and put on the monitor and left until 10. 3 hours of not seeing anyone and I do think I was forgotten. I was checked again at 7.30pm where I said I felt the need to push but was told I was only at 2cm but after much persistence I was checked again and was fully dilated and rushed to the delivery room and my son was born at 8.11pm. The whole time I asked for pain killers my only option was an epidural or paracetamol- nothing in between. Nobody showed us the gas and air was in the room so we didn't use that. The whole experience all in all was stressful and worrying but my saving grace was the student midwife who looked after me when in the delivery room and delivered my son safely. If anyone has to give birth in the hospital my recommendation is to grab a student and not let them go - they will have more time to look after you. Sadly this hospital'staff demand outweighs it's staff massively

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