I had to have a second scan at the hospital beacuse my waters were low. On the monday i had my second 20 week scan and they said my waters were fine. On the wed i thought i was losing water so on the thursday i went back to the hospital and they told me i had a urine infection and gave me some antibiotics and sent me home. On the sunday i started bleeding lightly so went back to the hospital. This is when they told me i had strep b and just told me that when when i am in labour i would be given a course of antibiotics to stop the infection getting to the baby. On the monday i started to bleed quite heavily so went to my local hospital . They refused to see me in the maternity unit saying their was no one who could help ( even though there were clearly health proffessionals there as people were waiting to be seen) and suggested i go up to see the midwifes in another part of the hospital. I used the buzzer and told the lady on the other end what was happening and she just spoke over the intercom that they could'nt help and i had to go to A and E. I then had to wait about an hour in A and E while i was still heavily bleeding. When i was finally seen, they wanted to check the babies heart beat, but after waiting for another half hour they said they could not find a monitor to check. They then transferred me to a city hospital where they found my baby's heart beat but had said that all my waters had gone and i was fully dilated. They told me there was nothing they could do and that i would have to give birth to my baby but would be born dead. I was absolutly devastated. They told me my labour would be quick as the baby would be small. I was in labour for 13 hours.At 22 weeks and 4 days, on the 4th december 2012 I gave birth to a beautiful baby girl who weighed just under a pound. She was born alive and lived for 10 mins . They left the placenta inside me for over 2 and a half hours before they took me to surgery to remove it. Finally i could hold my baby without being in pain. Me and my partner then spent the day with our beautiful daughter before we had to say goodbye. It was the most devastating time for us. I feel angry and confused with how the hospitals treated us. I have so many un answered questions. The postmortam of the placenta said that the infection had got to the baby because my waters had gone. Why didnt they check my waters again? why didnt they tell us about how strep b could affect the pregnancy rather than just the labour? This was my first pregnancyand i just had no idea what was going on.
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