"No respect towards sick pregnant women"

About: Princess Royal University Hospital / Maternity

I am 28 week pregnant with gestational diabetes and on daily medication of insuln +tablets .Due to my sickness and symptoms of reduce fetal moment I rang mau yesterday evening and nice midwife suggested me to get checked in as i was at high risk and booked me in for 6:30 with word of warning that if I come during shift changing period 7:00 I might expirence some delay in getting bed. My husbund and I reached their at 6:35 and there was lots of waiting. While waiting shift changed. Finally they called me in at 8:13. I explained to new midwife on duty that I am not feeling well with dizziness , sickness and feeling light headed. Also I can not feel baby''s moment much and instead feel my own pulse in tummy. The midwife started saying baby don't move at much 28 week's (well it does !!! I am second time mom not first and I had started feeling baby moment from 20 weeks with routine pattern). While putting me on ecg they kept saying that ecg will not be much helpful as it is just 28 weeks and made u's feel as if we are wasting their time. Ecg was showing baby doing well with quite a few movements within next hour on the.

I thanked them for checking and said I am still feeling dizzy , sick and light headed , so they sent my blood and said I need to wait for doctor to check before I leave. Since I was on bed and we had little one waI ting to be cared at home , my husband left the main.

As soon as he left midwife came to me and started saying they need the bed for other lady to assess and added rudly that it's not fair for others to be still waiting for checkup. I was totally aw struck because I was still having feeling to pass out with dizziness and sickness. Anyway , I agreed to wait outside in waiting area. I had only been allowed to use mau toilets since I was on constant drink.

After sometime when all the waiting ladis were taken care of there became couple of beds available which I cleary saw while visiting loo. At around 11 I requested midwife to let me go home where in I can atleast lie down . The midwife told me they are waiting for doctor and I will be seen shortly. Even at this point none of the empty bed was offered to me and asked me to wait outside on chair. After 30 min wait doctor came in and explained that I am anemic might need infusion in 2 week if medication won't improve the situation.

So my main complain /concern here is that as a pregnant women we would like our pregnancy to be less stressful and people involved in our care could be bit more sympathetic and understanding rather then being judgemental and make us feel time waster. During all this episode I was kept doubting myself that am I really unwell or its just mental thing. But it was not mental thing , i had all that symptoms as I am anemic. Busy period and in all my sickness i was asked to leave the bed . Moreover where one was available it was not even offered to me . Ithe doesn't make sensevery if patient had to wait on chairs when their are empty beds!!

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Response from Princess Royal University Hospital

Thank you for posting your comments and sorry to hear that your experience was not as you would have liked it to be.

I know that our Director of Midwifery would be keen to discuss what happened to you in more detail and I would be more than happy to put you in touch.

Feel free to email me at Jessica.bush@njhs.net

Thank yo.

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