The Royal London Hospital
Review of Labour Ward (6E & 6F Ward) - RLH, written by a patient
2nd March 2020
I had an homebirth, and was brought into the labour ward for a check up and stitching. I had two tears to my labia, which was EXTREMELY sensitive and more painful than the labour itself. The midwife who attended to my stitching was very unkind. She told me that I was "drunk" on gas and air, when I was taking it to ease the pain of touching the labia. She threatened to let me fall to the floor during the stitching process. Worse was that she would make decisions without me, and started stitching me without telling me what she was doing! The pain would have been more manageable had I not been caught out completely surprised!
I told her gently to please tell me exactly what she was doing, prior to doing it.
She was insulted and huffed, "Of course I would do that."
Ten minutes later she popped a pill in my back passage without telling me what she was doing. The only thing she said to me was, "Do you get constipation?"
Additionally, six weeks later, the stitches have not fallen off and are still there. Luckily the GP noticed it.