Here is a positive emergency caesarean section birth. Caroline shows with her birth story that your birth plans can sometimes change very quickly. Particularly when health professionals are concerned for the welfare of the mother or the unborn baby. I have added some notes to help you understand why Caroline’s doctor became very worried, very quickly.
Olivia Rebecca Cartwright was born on 4th July at 2.45am, by emergency caesarean.
My waters broke at 8pm Monday and contractions were coming 3 minutes apart by 11pm. I was admitted for observation, but released at 9am Tuesday with an induction booked for 8pm Tuesday. The rest of the day my contractions kept starting and stopping. I was sent up to the delivery suite and after a couple of hours on the trace (baby’s heart monitor), the doctor decided I had a nasty infection and my baby needed to come out immediately. Your classes really prepared us for what happened next, mainly the sheer volume of people I would see over the next 20 minutes. I can’t believe how quick it happened after the ‘caesarean section’ decision was made, and Olivia was born within the hour. We finally came home today, the 8th, after monitoring and preventative antibiotics as cultures showed my placenta was infected. Thank you so much for preparing us for when things don’t go to plan as I felt much calmer than I think I would have done.
Love Caroline, Chris and Olivia’
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‘I was sent up to the delivery suite and after a couple of hours on the trace (baby’s heart monitor), the doctor decided I had a nasty infection and my baby needed to come out immediately.’
Plans changing this quickly in labour can be terrifying. Caroline and Chris were incredibly brave and well prepared so they could understand why. Being able to cope meant that they were able to have a positive birth experience even one which included worrying times.
In Caroline’s case her baby girl needed to be monitored closely in labour. When professionals listen to and analyse a baby’s heart beat they are looking at several different markers. This skill is learnt and takes a long time to master. For example, Midwives. Midwives train for 3 years and during this time one of the many skills they are learning is how to interpret the fetal heart. The fetal heart is complex and following training Midwives need to continue updating their skills on a regular basis. This is the same for Obstetricians (Maternity Doctors) too. Knowing this it is then possible to understand that Caroline’s Doctor was able to tell from her baby’s heart beat that her baby was suffering from a a worrying infection. Caroline and Chris where then strongly advised to have an emergency cesarean section to ensure the safety of their baby. Which they chose to have.
Once their baby was delivered by emergency caesarean section the professionals were able to identify the source of the infection and administer antibiotics to little Olivia.
Caroline, Chris didn’t have a straight forward birth with Olivia but, they prepared properly and will look back on their daughters birth with a smile. Everyone deserves this!
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