Dave also paid for me to have a private room as the maternity ward was manic, it made such a difference, the private ward was so quiet and the midwifes had time to spend with all the mummies and babies, which was so important for me as having a c-section. Not a very positive c-section story, am very surprised as my previous c-section in Bristol 8 years previously i didn't feel a thing and had a much more positive story. I can't be positive enough about the midwives as they were excellent but they are so understaffed and under resourced, they kept apologising for me being mucked about, even though i tild them it wasn't their fault - they were asking me to hide equipment like monitors etc because there wasn't enough to go round, and most of the time they never got a break during their shifts. At the end of the day i have a beautiful daughter and am making a good recovery at home, but the memories of the op have def put me off having any more children!
Planned c-section at 39 weeks on 22/01/07 in J+Kettering General Hospital but all didn't go as planned. The previous Wednesday I was admitted to hospital due to bleed with low lying placenta. Was originally booked in for c-section on the Monday, but consultant rebooked for Friday due to concerns over placenta. So on Friday took the pre-meds, had the 'shave' and waited, after 9 hours with nil by mouth, registrar came up and said couldn't do op due to emergencies so rebooked for Saturday first thing. By then had missed dinner so had a sandwich and then had premeds again, and nil by mouth from midnight again. I was concerned that Saturday was skeleton staff so wouldn't be able to do it, but registrar said it would be done. Saturday came and went - no c-section again due to emergencies and no staff. Decided to discharge myself at 6.00 pm that night as had no sleep in the last 48 hours due to the ward being used as an overspill for labour ward as so busy - absolutely disgusted that 2 women gave birth in my ward with 6 other people there - they had no privacy, and it must of been a nightmare for them and no sleep for anyone else! Doctors refused to let me go saying i was putting my baby at risk - my comments were that if they felt i was that much at risk they would of done the c-section! Eventually got out, had some proper food and had 2 good nights sleep and proper rest during the day. Reported back on the Monday all ready to go - midwife then came in at 09.30 looked at me, and i said "you are having a laugh!", she said "i don't know how to tell you this Maddie, but the op has been put back until this afternoon because of staff sickness", i just laughed, it was all becoming so surreal! My consultant then came in all gowned up and said see you in about 15 mins, at which i told him of the delay - he marched out of the ward and i could hear him shouting down the phone at the theatre staff. Ten minutes later i was on my way! Unfortunately the drama didn't end there, the spinal did not go in properly so ended up having a c-section with gas and air as i could feel everyting they were doing higher up, it was so frightening, it felt like a 20 stone person sitting on my chest every time they pulled or cleaned everything out, i then apparently went into shock, the anaesthist tried to give me a general anaesthetic but i refused and carried on with gas and air. By this time i was so badly shaking and being sick that i couldn't hold Tara when she was born at 12.07. I then had to spend 2 hours in the recovery room whilst they tried to stop me shaking and raise my blood pressure which was very low due to the shock. Luckily Tara was very well and had a good cuddle with Dad, eventually i was back on the ward and feeding her. The next day was very sore especially high up so had to have morphine. By late afternoon i was back up on my feet, but unfortunately passed out when i got out of bed - blood test done and iron was down to 6.0 so had to have transfusion. Once that was done i felt like a new woman!