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27/05/2014 at 12:47
History: DD1 born at 40+6 (vaginal delivery) weighing 7lb9oz. Waters went at 40+4, failed to progress and induced. The induction drugs were put up to a very high level so it was a very intense labour. Feeding problems and she had lost 18% of birth weight by day 5 so expressed and topped up for a while but became depressed and switched to just formula at 5 weeks.
DD2's story: I was scanned monthly because of participating in a research project and DD2 was average size to begin with and then dropped down the charts and tracked the 25th centile line for the last few months of the pregnancy. My FH was measuring slightly low but the experts just thought that it made sense with the scan measurements and weren't concerned. At 39+6 the scans predicted DD2 to weigh 7lb and showed nothing to be concerned about. Saw the midwife later that day and she was happy.
40+1 we were watching the six nations and I kept having to go to the toilet and after and hour I decided that it was definitely my waters trickling. Phone the maternity assessment unit and they asked us to go in and be checked. DD1 was going to be looked after by our neighbours but they were out so she went to play with one of her friends until the neighbours could collect her. At the assessment unit it was confirmed that I was in the early stages of labour but my blood pressure was higher than normal for me so I was sent up to a ward to labour. My DH had to go home because visiting hours had finished. Managed to sleep for a couple of hours because contractions were milk. At midnight the contractions were more "ouchy" and I started to sing the "ABC" song in my head during each contraction, which really helped me stay relaxed. At 3:15am I was examined because I was having to pace around the ward and was 4cm. My blood pressure was okay and I was offered a water birth in the midwife led unit, which I jumped at. My DH was called and I went up to the unit. I bounced on a ball for a while with gas and hour (still singing my song). A while after my DH arrived I went into the pool and it was bliss. Contractions were under control with my singing and gas and hour, and I could float between contractions. And some point I had to get out to try to do a wee which didn't want to appear. I was definitely more uncomfortable outside of the water. Eventually I did the required wee and could get back into the pool. All was going well and at 7:17am I was due to be examined again but they could tell that DD2 was descending nicely because the probe to find the heart rate was gradually having to be placed further and further down so they didn't both to examine me then because all looked to be progressing well and I was relaxed. At some stage I mentioned that contractions were getting a bit pushy but I was still really relaxed and just let my body go with the flow. At about 8:40 I had a contraction and thrashed around to change position. The student midwife thought that she should put a mirror in the pool just in case but didn't think birth was imminent because I was too relaxed and not making noises during the contraction. She was rather surprised to find that DD2 was visible, pushed the button shouting "vernix visible" or something like that. Next contraction the head was out and she appeared with the next contraction at 8:50am. I immediately knew that she was very small but she was given a score of 10 at birth and the student midwife took photos. A wonderful water birth and then it all started to go wrong....
Whilst still in the pool cuddling DD2 I started getting searing pains that were much worse than any I had had earlier. I thought they were after pains. I was asked to push with the next pain to expel the placenta. I felt something big come out but it turned out the placenta was still inside. Next push and it came out
27/05/2014 at 12:48
Sorry, that is really long!
27/05/2014 at 20:38
Oh wow!!! It all started so well! You poor thing. It must have taken you some time to psychologically come to terms with everything and that the outcome could have been just so terrible that words aren't enough.
Very happy for you - congrats!! xx
28/05/2014 at 08:03
Congratulations on DD2, and thanks for sharing your story with us. Sorry your birth experience was less than ideal too - the placenta sounds very scary, I'm so glad everything was ok with your daughter.
28/05/2014 at 08:08
Congrats on your daughters birth, sounds traumatic! Very glad your feeling better now x
28/05/2014 at 10:21
Thanks all. It did take a long while until I felt I could write it all down but I have been able to talk to friends and family about it a lot. The post-birth stuff was rather traumatic but far more so for my husband because he properly witnessed everything and was worrying that he was going to lose me. I was maxed out on gas and air and didn't know the full extent of things until afterwards. A couple of weeks later we were watching OBEM and someone was losing loads of blood and my husband was in floods of tears because it brought it all back to him. If the placenta problems had been picked up earlier, then the pregnancy wouldn't have been allowed to progress further than 37 weeks because of the high risk of still birth but all turned out well in the end and the experts had no reason to think that there were problems. We call Hannah our little miracle: she is currently beating up Winnie the Pooh on her play mat :-)
28/05/2014 at 10:46
How scary for you! Glad you are ok now.
28/05/2014 at 15:15
What a story, so glad everything is ok xx
29/05/2014 at 00:28
What a scary experience, glad everything is ok now x
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