A friend of mine was a week overdue and was induced yesterday. We got a phone call this morning at 5 am that they needed my husband's support at the hospital to give the baby a blessing (my dh is a leader at our church). The baby was born early this morning and during a long contraction at the end of labor, her heart stopped. They worked on the baby for an hour and gave her a blood transfusion and she finally had a heart rate again and was breathing on her own. They were just about to transfer her to a higher level NICU when my dh arrived to help.
So after he left the hospital, dh called me to tell me what had happened. He told me about her heart stopping, the transfusion etc. And the reason they are suspecting the baby had trouble? Because my friend is RH negative and she somehow was sensitized and her blood mixed with the baby's. They suspect this because they found no problems with the placenta or cord and the blood transfusion made a complete turnaround in her status. This is also her 5th baby (like mine) and she and I are both RH neg. She has never had an issue with RH incompatibility before (neither have I) so the whole thing was just hard on me all day. I worry for my poor friend, who I'm sure is going through the ringer right now. I cannot even go and visit the hospital and see how she is because I have 2 sick kiddos! They are hopeful the baby will make a great recovery because even before she was transferred, she had begun to breathe on her own and maintain a good pulse. Plus her brain activity was looking really good. They just worry about long term effects of that hour after birth before they got her stabilized.
So please send your prayers for baby and family.