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What was the respose you got after complaining of your childbirth experience?

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This is an extension of another thread I just posted about the misbehavior of the nursing staff at the hospital. I have just written a letter about my experience, and what I would like changed at the hospital, etc.<br><br>
I have read some posts about fighting the doctors or hospitals, but I want to hear about your letters and responses, if any.<br><br>
The questions should say "response" not "respose."
 

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I was hospitalized right before Christmas for a fall/back injury. They had an exceptionally busy night, and a nurse from the Critical Care unit was floated up.<br><br>
She was asking extremely rude and invasive questions, was rough with me to the point of making me cry out in pain, and exposed my body 'checking' for clots, leaving me naked on the bed unable to move. She also 'accidentally' groped me while assisting me to the bathroom , blew out a vein in giving me my medication too forcefully and waited over 3 hours past when I was 'allowed' medication (and 2 hours after I requested it) to administer it. I finally asked my regular nurse who came in to check my monitor that she not be allowed into my room again.<br><br>
A few weeks later I reported the incident to the hospital administrator. I just received a letter from the CEO of the hospital. He apologized for the incident. The offending nurse is not to be around me when I go in to give birth (if I so choose).<br><br>
While my incident took place on the OB floor, it wasn't the norm. I went in 2 days ago for PTL, and there must be some sort of marking on my chart indicating what happened. While normally I have been treated with respect, this time I was treated with distrust of my symptoms and they didn't believe me when I went into labor. The admitting nurse put the monitor on incorrectly (the toco was face up instead of on my skin) and it wasn't 'picking anything up' even though I was in obvious labor, and believed I was drug seeking. My OB came in and was thinking I was in pain from my back. My husband finally flipped the monitor and it started showing very long and intense contractions. The nurse ran for the teburtaline, which caused the contractions to stop, ceasing my pain. My ob left and during that time I had cleared my bowels and the nurse said I must have "just needed to poo". I told her that loose stools were extremely common with people going into labor, and I was surprised she wasn't aware of that. I was discharged with instructions to call my ob if I had anymore contractions.<br><br>
So, I no longer feel comfortable at all with that hospital. It was to be my backup in case of a problem with UC. Now I am having doubts about even trusting them with that. I am now looking into a birth center, though I am not sure they will take me with my preexisting conditions.
 

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After my 2nd birth I wrote a letter to the hospital where she was born and cc'd all the other hospitals in the area. 3 months later I had a "oops, your letter has been sitting in somebody's inbasket all summer while they were away, we'll get back to you" phone call, then they never called again. One of the other hospitals answered me by letter. Nothing from any of the others nor any other of the cc's, not that I really expected anything from the cc's.
 

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This is interesting to me, because I've been considering writing to the hospital where I had my c/s nearly two years ago. I've also wanted to write to the clinic where the doctor who mistreated me works. Another reminder to get to work and write that letter. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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