the 3 weeks leading up to Elis birth i was in and out of hospital with toxaemia. My midwife said i had said i had 1/2 a + of protein in my urine. I was very swollen - and wasnt 100% happy with my care and went to an after hours where i was at 2+ ( 4 days after the inital reading from the midwife) they immeadiately sent me up to the hospital where they wanted to induce me on the monday but the midwife had thrown her weight around said she couldnt do it then and it would have to be Tuesday ( which she still wasnt happy about which was obvious at the appointment on the monday before the first induction she also said i didnt have pre-eclasmia )WTH???
The first induction failed and i was home.
I was still unwell and in and out of hospital i was checked regularly - on my due date a doctor was assigned to discuss what was going to happen - he advised me that he was going to have me induced the following day. I arrive at the hospital at 7.30 and have the first gel inserted nothing happens and my midwife explains she has another appointment on that afternoon in wellington im based in the hutt ( when she kneww my induction was on that day I felt left in the lurch)
Luckily the fill in midwife was lovely and im ashamed to say i liked her alot more than my own midwife - she administed the second gel and 2 hours later i went from nothing to 18 contractions in 10 minutes hitting me wave after wave that was at 2pm.
by 6pm i was on the monitor - i was screaming the hospital down this didnt feel normal and my midwife returned saying another 10 minutes - and occassionally breath ..
I must have been screaming with enough frequency as i remember a doctor coming in about 10pm and seeing me advising me i was only 5cm dialated and his head wasnt even engaged in my pelvis and they injected a drug straight into my hand it stoped everything
I was then given the epi that was at about 11.30
The head dr came and saw me after watching baby on the monitor babys heart rate was dropping during the contractions i was having - I was also told my bits had swollen up and the best option given that my body was under so much stress from the toxemia that C section would be best for me and baby
It went well and my son was born at 1.06am healthy and happy.
My midwife stayed until i was wheeled out of recovery and into my ward.
after that i did not see her for 3 days or hear from her ( I thought this was off even though i was still in the hospital and had nurses there.)
when i saw her she said i had odemia and not toxiema and my son didnt go into distress ( if that was the case then why was i given a c -section I was furious )
6 days after Eli was born i was finally allowed to go home and we had to wait around for her to see us before we left we waited for 30 mins with no txts to say she would be late or anything i was at my witts end and my nurse sided with me and said i could go and she would leave a message on my midwifes phone even though we had seen her leave the hospital 20 minutes earlier.. i wasnt prepared to wait so went home and she came and saw us then.
further to that first visit at home i then was meant to see her 3 days later on the friday she never showed and i felt unwell on the saturday and rang her number there was no answer so i rang the hospital and they tried.
I recieved a phone call from another midwife who said she was managing my widwives cases but hadnt been made aware of mine and hadnt known until that morning that the calls had been diverted to her phone ( mentioned that she was 'Pissed off ' and she would come and see me 9 am the following morning.
She showed up and restored my confidence - she took my blood pressure it was 160 over 100 and i was on medication for it she immeadiately rang the hospital and did everything to make sure i was medicated correctly and checked me thoughrougly and said she would talk to my midwife beucause it was completely unacceptable that i was left unchecked with my bloodpressure