"I would have liked to stay longer in hospital."
About: Ipswich Hospital Ipswich Hospital Ipswich 4305
Posted by Letdown (as ),
I recently gave birth. It was not my first labour, but it was a quick labour that came suddenly and was only a few hours start to finish. I was exhausted and my home life was a little chaotic at the time, so it was not a relaxing environment to recover. I asked to stay the night which was fine so waited a few hours for my bed to be prepared. I was finally taken to bed, I was told if I needed to stay longer I would be allowed. I decided that I would benefit from another night rest as I hadn't had much sleep and we were having latching issues. I told the day midwife that I felt I needed another night when she came in and told me I would be discharged. She did not ask how I was or anything just came in to let me know I would be discharged. I told her that I would benefit from another night at least as there was no way that baby and I could settle at home with all the craziness. She said ok, walked out came back about a half hour later and gave me a spiel about how all the beds were needed for people that were worse off than myself and then told me it was my choice. So feeling guilty I left. I am now home and I am now struggling. I don't think I would be if she had've just let me stay. I feel it was unprofessional of her to guilt trip me when I was simply trying to look out for my baby and my health. I went straight home after my other birth and I could've benefited from staying at the hospital that time and I had a relatively calm home at that stage. Considering the lady in the other bed in the room had cleared out that morning and her bed was still empty when I was leaving, I find it very upsetting that they couldn't spare another night for my baby and I to ensure we were prepared physically and mentally to come home.