Washington – “So, here’s the situation,” the obstetrician said. He took a seat on a stool at the end of the hospital bed. Remembering the scene now, I imagine him flipping up coattails, like a symphony conductor about to give the flute section bad news. I was calm, though still surprised about being in the hospital, where I was handed over to this doctor after an early-morning appointment showed the baby was breech and fluid levels were low. I wasn’t in pain. I wasn’t even in labour. It had been a relatively uneventful pregnancy and, at 37 weeks, I knew from my app that if the baby came soon, he’d be early but chances were great that he’d be okay. And my husband and I had just been informed that he was healthy and not under stress. But here it was, all of a sudden – a situation. “The problem is,” the doctor continued, “your baby’s dinky, which makes us worried that the placenta isn’t doing its job. We think he’d do better out here. We’re looking at a caesarean, and we’re recommending that it be done today.” Really, it was a perfect storm of several factors that prevented us… Read full this story
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