...This is what I thought when a big lump of placenta landed on my sanitary towel two months after giving birth to my beautiful daughter Poppy. I thought labour was painful, but this was like passing an elephant through my vagina.
After having Poppy, I felt seriously ill. However, the hospital and my own GP told me there was nothing wrong with me, and that it was normal to feel like this after giving birth. In fact after my GP told me that I had an alarming amount of white blood cells in my latest count but still didn't seem too alarmed I paid privatley to get to the bottom of the problem.The only issue health visitors or gynaecologists from the NHS seemed to care about was that I was not breast feeding. The fact that I could not breast feed because I was so unwell ( FYI I had retained placenta and my blood count was half what an average womens should be) didn’t occur to them. Seven months later, after a lot of pain, fears that my vagina would fall out, unwelcome placenta-related surprises, postnatal depression, a lot of crying and a want for no other person to go through what I did with no support, I am here to help you!
My name is Elizabeth Hart and my volunteers and I want to make a difference in the local community and hopefully within the NHS in the future.