I Didn’t Need To Push

After being laughed at and told I wouldn’t be birthing that night to being checked , 5/6cm & blue lighted to a consultant led ward, strapped to a monitor and placed on a bed within the hour, the midwife spent the rest of the time with her back to me doing paper work.

Every Reason Not To Homebirth

Once signed off there and having a check in back at my booking hospital towards the end of my pregnancy the appointment was all near done and dusted, she closed my notes and realised the front said home birth. She scoffed, I confirmed I would be having a home birth. She reopened my notes.

A Public Voice For All The Hidden Victims

Anything that blows the lid open on this whole unsavoury business is a good thing and They Said To Me is making an important contribution. I hope more and more comments will be tagged to the service that spawned them so that services can be truly named and shamed. This should be the next #metoo movement and They Said To Me is on the front line calling the battle cry!

When Choice Is Not A Choice

I had a diagnosed extended breech baby in 2016. I was an otherwise fit and healthy first time mum with no other pregnancy complications. I was told by several consultants I should have a caesarean or my baby’s head could get stuck and they might die and birthing vaginally was risking my baby’s life. I

You Can’t Be In Labour

At 10am they had checked me - nothing to report. I wasn’t due to be checked again until 10pm - and as such, I couldn’t possibly be in labour, since the clock said I wasn’t.