"Left feeling upset and terrified with no questions..."

About: Kettering General Hospital

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We were sent for a growth scan by midwife at our doctors surgery because my bump was measuring 44 weeks. She explained that the baby felt very big and because I have a small frame it would be a good idea to have a scan. She told us that I may need to be induced early because of baby size and the dangers to myself and the baby if it got too big.

The scan showed that at 37 weeks and 4 days the baby already weighed 8lbs 5oz and his tummy measurement was larger than 42 weeks, we were asked to wait to see an obstetrician to discuss the results.

We were taken into a room and an assistant came in to tell me that the obstetrician had looked over my scan info and would send me for a blood test to check iron levels and to see if I had gestational diabetes. I was told that there were no appointments for any obstetricians to see me in the next 4 weeks and so they had made an appointment for me to go to feral health to get results. When I asked about induction (as my midwife had previously mentioned this) I was practically shouted at by a nurse/midwife who said it was unreasonable to expect to be induced and that my baby would be in special care if they did induce me. She told me twice that I was only 36 weeks and when I tried to say I was 37 and a half weeks she barked back "what" and then told me that big babies are healthy babies and they were only worried about small babies before stomping out of the room.

I felt upset and didn't feel like anything had been explained to me and I didn't really understand what was happening or why I was made to feel like I was being unreasonable asking about induction (particularly when my midwife had mentioned it). I then asked about what would happen if I did have gestational diabetes and was told that probably nothing would happen because it was too late in my pregnancy to give me any medication.

I left feeling anxious about the size and health of my baby and myself particularly because I had a traumatic birth before. Disgusting.

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Response from Kettering General Hospital

I am truly sorry for the experience you have had. If you would like to discuss this matter further, please contact E Kennedy, Head of Midwifery on 01536 493689 or 01536 492895. This will ensure you are fully aware of what is going on and resolve any other questions or concerns you have.

Again please accept my sincere apologies

Eilish Kennedy

Head of Midwifery

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