Mum blames hospital for traumatic birth
PUBLISHED: 14:00 09 January 2011
A MOTHER survived a traumatic birth on her bedroom floor only an hour after being sent home from Weston General Hospital.
Kelly Long was told to return after two-and-a-half hours by maternity staff despite having contractions every three minutes, after admitting herself to the Grange Road site at 1pm on December 28.
Yet just 60 minutes after returning home, the married 28-year-old began full labour while lying in a bath.
On her own, she called for an ambulance and gave birth to Sienna Mae on her bedroom floor before collapsing, having lost two pints of blood.
Fortunately crews attended Mrs Long quickly, and after a blood transfusion she made a full recovery back at Weston General Hospital.
Speaking to the Mercury, she said: “I couldn’t believe they let me go back home - I knew something was going to happen.
“I was having contractions every three minutes, I don’t know why they couldn’t just keep me in for the extra two to three hours.
“By going home I had to go through the traumatic ordeal all on my own, it was excruciating and really, really scary.”
Mrs Long, who already has four other children, vowed to never return to the maternity unit if pregnant again.
She said: “When I came back in the hospital the midwife who let me go wouldn’t even look at me, and I didn’t even get an apology.
“I won’t be going back there again.”
In June, Weston General Hospital revealed its midwife maternity unit was helping 220 women give birth a year, well below the 350-400 target set by the Government.
In response it aimed to increase publicity of its maternity unit, provide water birth facility and engage with mothers’ groups.
This week a spokesman for the hospital said: “We cannot comment on individual cases.
“However, we always encourage patients to let us know if they are dissatisfied in any way with the care they receive.”