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    Default Labouring on the maternity ward?

    My sister gave birth in a hospital about 18 months ago. She was left in the maternity ward for hours because it took a long time for her to be in established labour, and during this time the midwives very rarely checked on her. She didn't have access to any pain relief during this time because she wasn't in the birthing suite. When they finally did come to check on her, she was fully dilated and they rushed her in to the suite just in time for bub to arrive. Is this normal? I have a very low pain threshold and am terrified that this will happen to me too

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    Was she induced? Usually unless your induced you will go in once in established labour. But if you are in there and struggling you can ring the bell or go out to reception to chase up a nurse!

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    Definitely not normal as far as I am aware, that would have been very frightening for her.

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    No I would not think this is normal at all!

    It sounds as though your sister perhaps went to hospital way too early though? If so then she's lucky she could actually stay in hospital, many will just send you home for awhile (particularly a busy public hospital) if not in established labour.

    Also how long was she there waiting until she was fully dilated? Did she ask for a check-up or anything prior and was ignored? Or did she dilate very fast taking everyone by surprise?

    Sorry but your post is a little light on details, but no you should not be concerned this is normal

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    No, not induced, and she did keep ringing the bell but the nurses kept going into the room of another woman labouring and neglected her Maybe this was just a case of not enough staff and miscommunication...

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    Yeah that's not normal n terrible for your poor sister!

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    Not normal, but then, normally you wouldn't go to hospital unless in established labour.

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    I was induced with dd1. That happened to me. They had faulty monitors that weren't working but they assumed the machines were working and believed the machines. It wasn't until my waters broke, splashed all over the midwife in spectacular fashion that she believed me. "its your first! don't worry, when your in labour you will know it. This is nothing" Hmmm..

    Dd2 was an early birth. Very very quick labour. Didn't have time to labour in any ward. I did it in an ambulance.

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    My first VBAC was a slow labour. Had pre-labour for 7 hours before it set in and then took another 48 hours for bubs to be born. I have not heard of many people having incredibly long labours - my body wouldn't even be induced the first time! After several hours at home I went up to be checked knowing that I was VBAC was given an injection and given the option to labour on ward or go home. We went home and didn't go back til the next night to be checked again. What we should have done, but didn't was to have an internal to check dilation as soon as we went in. Once they established I was dilating, but only about 3cm every 24 hours they broke my waters, then had to slow the contractions, then his head got stuck on my cervix and uterus stopped contracting when it was finally time to push. BUT!!! It was all worth it and was only a small amount of time for a fantastic bundle at the end. Each woman's contractions and pain is different so I think it is hard to make generalisations about when a woman is or is not in labour. I feel sorry for the staff in maternity - there is always not enough.

    Next labour was 18 hours of prelabour and only 5 hours of established labour - much better!
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    I wouldn't think it's 'normal'. I was in Mat Ward for a little while before birth suite. I was checked lots & could have rung the bell if I ever needed them before they came past checking on me.

    I didn't use any pain medicine in mat ward or birth suite so dont know what the procedure is there, but was offered Endone after birth back in the mat ward so not sure why they couldn't have given something before too if necessary.

    I was taken into birth suite around 5/6pm and had my daughter at 11.30pm ... Then went back into my room in Mat Ward


 

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