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my birth story
Member Name: cloud99
Date: 06/01/09, updated on 15/03/11 (91 review reads)
Advantages: All equipemnt and Staff needed in an emergency was there
Disadvantages: Didn't get to sleep in my own bed
I gave birth to my son at the city hospital in Derby. At the time the hospital was been rebuilt as a super hospital and the Maternity was in a temporary department.
I was induced at 39 weeks due to a blood condition I have. I went in at 4 pm and was monitored in an assessment ward which had four beds with curtains round.
I was given an internal but didn't realise it was going to be a painful.
I was given a pessary and had to be monitored for an hour before I was allowed to go for a week. I was told that I would be checked 6 hours after the pessary to see if they were going to break my waters or leave me till the morning. My waters broke at 10pm .I just gushed everywhere.
Full blown labour started immediately and not long after was transferred to a delivery suite which was consultant led. The room was a little technical and not very relaxing but to be honest I didn't really care. I was given gas and air but I am not sure it did anything other than give me something to do.
I had a quite newly qualified midwife but after 2 hours of pain I asked if I was having proper contractions as I didn't know how I was going to manage much longer. The doctors refused to let her examine me but I wanted to push but when the sister came in she examined me and said to the midwife get the delivery pack fast. My son was delivered within 20 minutes and recovered well my Labour only lasted 2hours and 21 minutes so I wasn't even tired afterwards. He had to have a blood test as a result of my blood condition and the nurse who came to take him to special care didn't want me to go but I insisted. She told me he might get upset but I told her more reason for me to be there.
My son had jaundice and I was in hospital for about 4 days during that time I generally had great support from the staff
who did explain anything I needed to know.
I didn't really have a choice of whether to have a hospital birth or not but certainly am happy with my experience although not perfect I found it reassuring if anything went wrong the staff and equipment was around
Summary: I was very happy with my hospital birth and would happily have another birth in hospital
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