Labor and Delivery

Fantasy vs. Reality: Plan for the Unexpected Birth

I was planning for a natural birth. Every girl imagines her first kiss, her wedding day and what it will feel like to have a baby. Part was through pregnancy, out of the blue, a friend said, "Oh, I've been meaning to tell you...if things don't go the way you have planned," she paused briefly, yet thoughtfully, "it's okay." For some reason, her words anchored themselves into my mind.

Another delayed cesarean. Another baby dies.

In the NHS in England, as many as 14.9% of planned vaginal deliveries result in an emergency cesarean. Time and time again, we hear that this number is too high, that national cesarean rates should be lowered, and that some of the 9.7% planned cesareans are unnecessary too.

Well, reading this story in The Telegraph today, it becomes all too clear what can happen when a cesarean is delayed (or not carried out):

Today is overwhelming

amyrose529's picture

Ah, how I missed the roller coaster ride of hormones that comes with pregnancy. Yesterday I couldn't have been more excited, yet today I'm a ball of stress on the verge of tears. Where are we going to get the extra money for another mouth to feed? How am I going to keep working at the veterinary hospital where chemo and x-rays are a part of my daily routine? How will I deal with a 15 month old and a newborn at the same time?

planned pregnancy.

Hi!I'm 19, 20 in October, I just married a month ago on valentines day and I think I'm pregnant. It was planned so its no surprise. The problem is that our families are in texas and he is stationed in camp pendleton, cali. His contract is up in June and our plans are to move to houston and attend college. Idk how I'm gonna be starting college and possibly giving birth! I'm pretty much an only child and not very familiar with babies but I'm so excited to be a mom and what makes me happier is that he is the dad. We dated for 6 years and married on valentines day of this year.

Semen to induce labour????

bloodredflame's picture

I was reading up on natural ways to induce labour (i dont wanna go past my due date lol) and i found somenting about taking semen orally to help induce. i mean i heard that it helps to soften the cervix through having sex, but orally? i have a sneeky suspicion that a man came up with that one.... im surprised it doesnt say that it only works if taken directly from the source! lol.... but if anyone knows of this actually working i may give it a try...... if im completely desperate that is lol.

show?

bloodredflame's picture

omg i think i had a show today. im not sure if it is or not because i didnt loose the plug until my waters broke with keira... its weird, like discharge but thicker and browny colour.... is this a show?
feel really odd today too.... cant explain it, just ODD!
Simon (my partner) seems quite worried as he is texting me alot, normally he doesnt bother when he is at work, but he keeps checking in to see if im ok. its dead sweet really!
anyway, i will have to keep myself calm... im sure im imagining it!

29 weeks...

bloodredflame's picture

im a bit worried at the mo, the other night i was having contractions every 12 minutes apart but they stopped after 2 hours. i think they were contractions... it was lower back pain, my whole belly tightened up and a period cramp like feeling in my abdomen that was quite strong. I went to see the ex-midwife who lives next door to me and she said if it happens again i should go into hospital as it could possibly be a sigh of a UTI or pre-term labour. Today ive been having all sorts of wierd pains.

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