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Birth Matters - 18: Cesarean for Breech & HELLP Syndrome

18: Cesarean for Breech & HELLP Syndrome

Birth Matters

12/31/19 • 66 min

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Today, Emily & Paul share the story of how their “spirited” son was in breech position, or head up, and how the many proactive things they tried to encourage him to flip didn’t work. Because the vast majority of OBs aren’t trained these days in vaginal breech birthing techniques, their practice included, their birth needed to be a scheduled c-section. While this wasn’t even close to their original vision for the way birth would go, they’ll share how the overall compassionate and proactive care their family received made all the difference in the world toward a positive experience. Then things took an unexpected turn when their son needed to go to the NICU when his low blood sugar couldn’t be improved with skin-to-skin or supplementation. Almost simultaneously, Emily was diagnosed with the rare HELLP syndrome, which is a variant of preeclampsia and is fairly rare but very serious, in the hours after birth. Emily shares how she received mostly compassionate care both in the hospital as well as expert care both at the hospital and at home once discharged, with a few bumps along the way.

12/31/19 • 66 min

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Birth Matters - 18: Cesarean for Breech & HELLP Syndrome

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Lisa

You're listening to the Birth Matters Podcast, episode 18

Paul

So he had to be cup fed. They did not cup feed him down there.

Emily

That's true. They made a mistake and the nurse calls and says , " Look, I'm so sorry that that happened," and I'm like, "You know what? It was a really long road to get him. I'm trying to see the forest for the trees here. It happened,

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