A story about coerced induction and complete lack of empathy and understanding during birth as well as postnatally.
At an out of hours appointment because of some retained placenta tissue, after an extremely traumatic birth, I was examined with a speculum.
I wanted a vaginal birth after caesarean, I was predicted a big baby, they said they couldn't be wrong - they were.
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.
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!
A heart breaking story of poor care, disbelief and neo natal death.
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.
Sam and Becki talk to Holly about the #butnotmaternity campaign and her experience of being pregnant and birthing during the pandemic.
**Trigger warning** premature baby, unexpected hospital birth, tearing, episiotomy, forceps delivery, pph, newborn jaundice and hospital stay.