Do i have a lawsuit? Is it even worth it? I am so irate over how I was treated.
This is what happened, briefly.
Had a hospital transfer for exhaustion and an anterior cervical lip. Got fentanyl, was able to push head through cervix. Spent 3 hours pushing in hospital. OB was a b*tch and just stayed out of the room until it was time to deliver. She came in about half an hour before baby was born to sit between my legs. Insisted I stay lying down in lithotomy position when I was perfectly capable of sitting up/squatting/whatever. I asked for a) perineal support, b) to deliver the head first, SLOWLY, then the body, c) to allow the placenta to come out with contractions in its own time, d) to wait for the cord to stop pulsing before it was cut.
This is what happened. OB grabbed baby's head as soon as it was grabbable and yanked baby out- causing horrible 2nd degree tears which required layers and layers of stitching through muscle WITHOUT anesthesia of any kind. I noticed she was pulling on my cord and I explicitly said STOP I want to push it out myself, she said there's a bleed ( OF COURSE THERE IS A BLEED IF YOU PULL ON THE CORD!) and proceeded to put her entire hand inside me and remove my placenta manually, and the cord was cut. The placenta was ruined and ragged and torn and there was no way to examine it to see if she got all of it. She didn't even check it, or on me the next morning or later that day to see how I was. She left within 15 minutes of baby being born- which makes me doubt she even sewed me up correctly.
3 days postpartum I get an hour of afterpains at night, that are exactly like labor, with no pauses in between. I passed two gray chunks of placenta in the morning. 7 days postpartum I get an hour and a half of transition like contractions, no pauses in between, and bleed heavily with smaller clots/placenta pieces. I started to get feverish/flu like symptoms in between these two episodes, which makes me think there was retained placenta due to her negligence. This along with the second degree tear caused by her ignoring my requests for delivery, caused unecessary pain and suffering, i couldn't even get out of bed without help for the first 5 days, or take care of my daughter - my husband had to do everything, even positioning her to latch to my boob because my body was so wrecked.
so i'm seriously thinking about suing this lady. I have EVERYTHING on film, with really good audio to prove she did manual extraction with no medical cause and against my consent. She should not be delivering babies.