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09/04/2013 at 10:48
For those that had shoulder dystocia births what implications did it have for subsequent births? G got stuck but I was already in theatre with forceps as her heart rate had dropped and back to back, so they freed her within a few minutes. Just wondering if I will automatically be high risk for next pregnancy. I wouldn't want a planned c-section next time as my husband is disabled so wouldn't be able to help with lifting etc.
But obviously would that's what they think would be safest. Any experiences? Thanks x
09/04/2013 at 11:09
Will they give me growth scans to see if baby is big and therefore more likely to get stuck again? Mind you G was 8lb 8oz so not huge!
10/04/2013 at 20:26
10/04/2013 at 20:32
I'm pretty sure you'd get an appointment with a dr during your pregnancy to work out the best plan for monitoring/delivery. I had forceps in theatre and a third degree tear and pph. The dr I met with reviewed my notes from my first pregnancy and felt happy it was a one off and no indication of it happening again. I was monitored more closely during labour but had a normal delivery 2nd time.
10/04/2013 at 20:33
I don't have the answer but can you have a meeting with your hospital re the birth you had and discuss future options?
10/04/2013 at 20:56
Yes i,'d definitely want to go over it with a consultant. Initially after her birth I would have said I would do a natural delivery again, and I'd still like to, but as time has gone on and I've reflected in how differently it could have turned out I think i'd be very anxious about birth trauma or lack of oxygen to the baby next time and I'm a worrier anyway.
10/04/2013 at 22:14
I had dystocia with F's birth, and had a consultant appointment with my second pregnancy. They told me the chances of it happening again were no higher than the general population, but because of my tearing they would keep a closer eye and intervene sooner (ie do a section) if it looked like it was happening again. I chose to go for a natural delivery, they may have allowed an elective section if I'd been particularly concerned I think. With L there were no issues and the delivery was very quick and smooth, so the assessment was right in my case.
10/04/2013 at 22:22
I had a dystocia with no. 3 and the consultant who delivered him came and saw me afterwards and said that any subsequent pregnancy would be closely monitored and possibly induced early or sectioned, though to be discussed at the time and with growth scans as the dystocia birth was 10lb5 but my 1st two were only 7lb ers, all 3 were between 10 and 13 days overdue so chances are they wouldn't let me go beyond 40 weeks. This is all completely hypothetical though as 3 is quite enough for me !
My friend had a dystocia with her 1st at 8lb something, she was induced at 38 weeks with her 2nd to reduce the risk and had a normal natural delivery. She was induced again at 38 weeks with her 3rd and unfortunatley he was already over 9lbs as she had another shoulder dystocia which was quite scary and baby was quite poory for a few weeks.
10/04/2013 at 22:29
That's interesting MrsE, things I've read online said you are at higher risk if you've had dystocia before. I'll just have to be guided by them when the time comes I guess. Thanks for sharing your experience
10/04/2013 at 22:35
Hi Trio, I was induced with G at 39+5 for high BP, she was 8lb 8oz so not huge. I also have a friend that had severe dystocia, both mum and baby nearly died but luckily no lasting damage to baby. I think knowing someone it's happened too makes it feel more of a possibility it could happen to you too ifkwim? I hope your friends baby is OK now? X
11/04/2013 at 09:29
Do you think a water birth would be ruled out?
11/04/2013 at 09:37
It's hard to know as of course every pregnancy is different but if the high BP came back again and a prev shoulder dystocia, I would imagine they would want you to deliver early so unless you went in to labour naturally before a planned induction, they would induce you early and it would be the induction that would rule out a water birth. I don't know if a prev dystocia would rule it out or not. It certainly doesn't mean an automatic section though.
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