"Having a baby"
About: Royal Hospital for Women / Maternity Outpatients Royal Hospital for Women Maternity Outpatients Randwick 2031
Posted by perseusqn66 (as ),
I had my baby 37 hrs after my waters broke. I labored for 9 of those with no progression, leading to an epidural. Then I went for emergency caesarean where I required a spinal also. All the above was not the issue, just a background story.
I was obviously tired, distressed etc. Because I had the baby in surgery, I had to go straight to the room on the ward so I didn't have time to spend with my baby along with my spouse in a delivery room. When I got to the shared room (the other mother had not arrived) my spouse had to leave, I believe because of the room situation and the visitor time was over. We had 10 minutes together as a family.
I found this so distressing. I was tired, in pain, emotional, exhausted with no sleep for nearly 40 hrs. Also, my baby was crying so much, yet the nurse couldn't comfort them. Also, I was not offered a meal that evening or night. The sliding sheet/purple blanket was left under me all night and I had a pressure sore. I am a nurse and requested for this to be removed, however, was told it was moved in the morning, which I now know to be untrue.
I was told, here is your pain relief, have a rest but don't fall asleep. The pain relief didn't work as I was 7/10 pain, being told I can be reviewed when the doctor comes to the ward. I waited for hours. It has taken me nearly two years to write this. I believe it was a big factor, along with the trauma that added to my PND. I truly felt totally unsupported.