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01/04/2015 at 17:36
Hi all, bit of a long post, after some advice regarding my pregnancy and birth..
my son is now 5weeks old, he was due 13th feb '15. From 36weeks he was measuring well over the 90th centile at 10lb 4. I was sent for a growth scan when I was 37weeks, baby was measured 9lb 4 on scan too, sonographer took all the measurements & said baby head & belly was over the average measurements. I was then sent to see a consultant who said they would let me go over due date. I had 2 membrane sweeps, when I had the 2nd sweep - 10 days over I was 3cm dilated. Midwife booked me in to be induced 2 days after.
On the morning of me being induced I went to hospital for 11am. A midwife came round to speak to me & my partner to see how the pregnancy had gone, I told her everything was fine, just baby was over the 90th centile. Mentioned I had a sweep 2 days previous and I was 3cm dilated, she said she would phone delivery suite to see when they had a bed for me for them to break my waters. I wasn't put on the monitor to monitor baby's heartbeat nor did she do an internal to see how far dilated I was, yet everyone else on the ward was on the monitors. Surely I should of been monitored. No one came to check on me for majority of the day. 5pm midwife cam rot say id be moved to delivery at 7 for my waters to be broken. 545pm came & I hadn't felt baby move for a bit, my partner told midwife, who said she would be round shortly to check. 7pm and the midwife finally came to round, but was told my bed was ready in delivery so she wasn't going to check me? Now surely if ive said my baby hasn't been moving, they should come check me? in delivery a student midwife put me on the monitor, baby's heartbeat went as high as 160bpm, they broke my waters & found meconium in my waters. Baby's heartbeat went as high as 188bpm. I had progressed myself to 7cm, then got to 10cm, a consultant came in and said I should keep pushing. The rim of my cervix wasn't moving so baby couldn't come out. I was rushed to theatre for an emergency csection. Baby was born, not breathing properly but grunting. He was taken off by midwifes to special care baby unit as He had swallowed meconium. The day after we was told he had a collapsed left lung & a hole in the top of his right lung & air in his chest, he was put on oxygen & different medicines. Moved to a different hospital and put on nitroc gas and loads more meds. Spent a week in nicu then finally came home. Anyone had a similar experience? Think it could of been prevented if midwife had put me on monitor when I got to hospital to be induced?
sorry for long post bit replies would be much appreciated
01/04/2015 at 18:20
hi lauren... That sounds just awful that you & your baby had to go through that!. I don't know much in depth about labour & delivery but I do know that when meconium is present (baby had pooped inside the womb) that is caused by the baby being distressed... So yes it is possible I would say that if you were on a monitor earlier then they would've picked up earlier that your baby was in distress (perhaps not managing the contractions well?).
i know a friend of mine (in different circumstances) felt very unhappy with care her husband had received while in hospital & she found a local patient advocacy service that helped them immensley in dealing with the hospital to express their concerns / complaints. It might be worth looking to see if you have a similar service in your area.
01/04/2015 at 18:30
Thankyou for the reply. Going to look into a patient advocacy service near me
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