by sayonib (7 Posts), Mon Jan 26, 2004 08:23 am
I am not sure where to post this, so please bear with me if this is not the right place for it. My second son was born when I developed severe preclampsia and HELLP syndrome, at 31 weeks and 5 days weighing 3 pounds. The drs delivered him right on time just as my placenta had started abrupting, so he did not go into any distress and he is now gaining weight and learning how to feed orally so that he can come home to us. My first son was born at 32 weeks and 5 days when I developed preclampsia, but he was born not breathing and had to be resuscitated, after 3 days when they first fed him breastmilk they discovered a perforation in his intestine and he underwent two surgeries, first to repair the hole and then to re-attach the intestine two months later.
I have been thinking...with my first baby, I went to the hospital with severe abdominal pain at 1am, they decided to induce me due to protein in my urine and high bp. From 1am to about 8:30am I was hooked to the monitors where supposedly they were monitoring the baby's heartbeat. I was completely out of it since they were giving me mag sulfate and other stuff I dont remember. Suddenly after shift change the new nurse realized that my baby's heart rate was dropping and she got the dr and thats when everyone started moving and they took him out, but he was not breathing. The cause for the perforation MIGHT have been from the pressure they used to get him to breathe. Now, my question is if they were monitoring me why did they allow my baby to go into that much distress? Why did they not start moving earlier? And, who should I contact to get these questions answered? The hospital?
Please let me know your views on this. Maybe I should let things be and not stir up anything, but I have been thinking and needed to express them here to see if it is completely baseless.