"Birth of our second child, not the best start."
About: Box Hill Hospital / Maternity Service Box Hill Hospital Maternity Service Box Hill 3128
Posted by A little let down (as ),
Mid December 2015 early morning it all started. My waters broke at home and we knew we will soon welcome our second little boy. Unlike my first this was a new experience as I was induced with our first child. So I called the hospital to ask what I should do either stay at home or come in. I was told I had to come in (bit of background: my first labour was extremely quick so I was told the whole way through this pregnancy that I shouldn't wait once I start getting contractions because I could have another fast labour).
Upon arriving at the hospital we were confronted by a midwife that was less than helpful and very rude to myself and my partner. At this point I had had 3 contractions in 15. She came back and handed me two panadene fort and said, take these and come back sometime later and go to Fmac (metal monitoring centre) and we will see if you’re in labour. At this point I said, well when should I come back, then I was told, labour is labour you'll just know, to which my partner said, she wants to know what you consider labour she didn't go through this last time. She replied, 3 contractions in 10mins. I had already had 3 in 15 mins and I knew it was getting longer and closer, she then proceeded to tell me that my last labour was spontaneous to which I replied, no I was induced. Then she said, no it was spontaneous it’s in your notes (I think I of all people would know what labour I had). I was so distressed by this! Obviously I think she had realised she had done something wrong and never came back (not even an apology) and it seemed to me sent another midwife in to talk to me who delivered my last son and who told me to stay and I’ll be assessed at shift change. By then my contractions were 3 mins apart! Long story short, I had our son 6 hours later, so if I had gone home I either would have had him at home or on the side of the road! Other than that horrible midwife the other midwives who delivered our boy were beyond amazing and I could not thank them enough for all they did. Box Hill Hospital I hope you know what some of your staff are like, especially to woman in such a vulnerable state. I hate now telling my birth story due to what happened and I hate the fact that I cannot give Box hill hospital a glowing review all because of this one experience.