"C Section Nightmare"

About: Ipswich Hospital

(as the patient),

From the moment I arrived I felt every part of my birth was taken out of my control and nothing we said was listened to. Upon entering the operating theatre the doctor was having trouble getting an IV line to work and he got angrier and angrier yelling at me and being rough with the injections. I was hysterically crying by the end of this and I believe the doctor threatened to knock me out for the birth if I couldn't handle what he was doing. I wasn't scared of the operation I was scared of him.

He then sat me on the edge of the table to get my spinal injection and said - don't dare move! I said I need something to brace my feet on or I will fall off the table so he gave me a stool on wheels - which didn't work. He yelled again. I cried more. They finally got a nurse for me to steady myself on and the spinal went fine. But then they have given me some relaxant drugs and I believe it was way to much. I recall my baby being lifted out of me then I don't remember much for the next 3 days. My baby was taken from the room and in my recollection nobody who was looking after me let me see her until 8hrs after her birth.

Apparently I was being abusive ... my partner said to staff I wasn't acting like myself so why didn't I get any medical help? To reverse the drugs from the op? I assumed conscious sedation meant I was numb and alert. I don't recall most of my stay. I feel traumatised by what happened. In my opinion I got no medical care at all - and I believe only mental health sent to attack me. It was a medical issue not a mental issue. I have tried in vain to find out the name of the drugs given to me, but was told the info is missing. I got my med file and all the info I asked for was redacted. What are they hiding? This story gets a lot worse, but no time to write it all. I just wish I had never had my baby at Ipswich.

Responses

Response from Sandy Lewis, Senior Consumer Liaison Officer, Clinical Governance, Queensland Health - West Moreton

Dear Angry Mother

We are really concerned about the events described in your story.

While we respect that you may wish to remain anonymous, if you contact us we will listen to your concerns and gather information to help staff to investigate your care. We will also make sure you receive feedback about the outcome of the review and we will explore whether there is any additional assistance we can offer.

If you would like to speak with us, you can call 0409 275 503 or email WMH_CLO@health.qld.gov.au.

Please be assured we are taking your feedback seriously and we would welcome a call from you.

Yours sincerely

Consumer Liaison Office

West Moreton Hospital and Health Service

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