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24/06/2013 at 16:06
So I've finally got round to writing Florrie's birth story, which has ended up covering half the pregnancy, so get a cuppa if you actually want to read it!
As a bit of background for those who don't know me. July 2009 - Ethan arrived 6 weeks early after a 3 hour and very painful & scary labour, suffered with very severe PND for the next 2 years. Decided to try again June 2011, suffered 5 miscarriages (4 at 5 weeks, 1 at 9 weeks) between July 2011 & June 2012. Investigations in the miscarriage until found nothing, but was started on a cocktail of drugs, got my BFP on 24th August. Referred to the prem & miscarriage specialist obsetrician who suggested I'd never miscarried and just misread the tests, so I generally avoided the hospital.
So here goes.......
29+4 – went into work with stomach cramps. They insisted I paid a visit to delivery suite, so I reluctantly went up. Trace showed that I was contracting every 3 minutes. Swabs and scans were done – half showed high chance of preterm labour, examination said my cervix was moving forward. I was given a GTN patch to try and stop the contractions, and steroids, then transferred to a different hospital as mine had no neonatal beds free. Kept in for 2 nights, contractions didn’t stop, but were less regular. I was told to go back if contractions continued / waters broke / bled
30+4 – contractions ongoing. Went back to work, very confused about pains and when to go for review. Phoned delivery suite and was asked to go in for review. 7 hours later was put on the trace – contracting every 3 minutes again. They suggested admitting me for review, I declined, I was told just to go back if really worried
34 weeks – consultant appointment – contractions ongoing. Consultant told me they weren’t contractions, purely due to dehydration, and that I need to ‘stop turning up at the hospital incase they were forced to intervene’. I was to increase my fluid intake, and go back at 37 weeks. I was told that if my waters broke I needed to get to hospital ASAP as baby was transverse and it could be fatal to deliver.
36 weeks – contractions ongoing. Made an extra MW appointment as I’d been upset by the consultant. They wouldn’t let me transfer my care, but sent me for a scan as still transverse. Sonographer said baby appeared to be moving, but wanted to rescan after 1 week to check
37 weeks – contractions ongoing.
0900 - Scan showed baby still transverse. Went to see consultant but was seen by someone else, my complaint had clearly been passed on. She gave us the option of turning baby or section at 39 weeks, she had a feel of my bump and seemed dubious if it would work. H asked what we should do if I went into labour transverse as we live an hour away. We were sent away for a while so we could think on things and she could talk to my consultant.
1200 - We decided to give the turning a try, and went back to tell consultant. She had sadly changed the plan. After discussions, it had been decided that turning wouldn’t work, but my original consultant was insistent that baby would turn in labour. But due to the risks of being transverse, they decided to admit me until baby arrived, potentially waiting up to 42 weeks. I got really stressed by the thought of 5 weeks in hospital, and they reluctantly booked a section for 39+5.
2000 - On the ward I was told I could wander as I pleased, but that if my waters broke, where ever I was I needed to ge
24/06/2013 at 16:47
Wow, that is one dramatic arrival. Really though surely you deserved a nice simple ending after Ethan's. I hope you are more at peace with things this time.
24/06/2013 at 17:28
Blimey how scary for you! Wonderful bs though. Thanks for sharing and congratulations again :)
24/06/2013 at 17:42
Holy moly what a nightmare! Hope things have settled down now. She's super cute and I love the name!
24/06/2013 at 17:55
Wow that's some story! Glad that she is here safe and sound x
24/06/2013 at 18:13
Wow, thanks for sharing! What a beauty and her name is gorgeous! So glad you got there in the end lovely and one of each is fab x
24/06/2013 at 18:18
What a story! Glad Florrie arrived safely xx
24/06/2013 at 18:22
Thanks for sharing your story :) beautiful baby girl & love her name x
24/06/2013 at 18:29
I remember TP updating me. I felt so sorry for you going through that for so long and then such drama at the end! So pleased this time has worked out better in terms of pnd, especially given all you've been through. She is gorgeous!
24/06/2013 at 18:31
That is epic! Glad she arrived safe and sound. She's gorgeous xx
24/06/2013 at 18:59
What a journey but so pleased that she arrived safe and sound - she's absolutely gorgeous. Congratulations x
24/06/2013 at 19:22
Jelly Baby - I did really hope for something straightforward, but in a way the fact that things kicked off so early was a blessing. It made me realise I was headed toward depression again so I could get help before she arrived.
The MW did say I'd managed all sides for babies now - boy and girl, natural and section - the only thing to try was a normal pregnancy and labour. I said I wouldn't bother!!
24/06/2013 at 20:03
Wow, that is some birth story! Thanks for sharing and Florrie is just gorgeous
24/06/2013 at 21:32
Blimey!! That is some birth story! Glad it was ok i the end for you. What a gorgeous little girl you have!!
24/06/2013 at 21:45
Wowzers! Amazing BS, glad you got through it all ok in the end.
24/06/2013 at 22:29
Gosh what a story. You are utterly amazing to have gone through all of that but what a gorgeous little girl you have. I'm so pleased you got your happy ending.
25/06/2013 at 09:38
Crickey! How scary. She is beautiful though and i'm sure worth everything you've been through. Like you say, you've got the full set, perhaps best to leave it at that now after all you've been through.
25/06/2013 at 09:52
Wow, that is some birth story. How lucky you were kept in at 37 weeks.
She's absolutely gorgeous, well done you x
25/06/2013 at 10:09
crikey thats a birth story and a half. i nearly cried when you H walked in! glad you're ok and she is beautiful :) x
25/06/2013 at 12:53
well done, she's absolutely gorgeous! x
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