WHEN Charlotte Philby gave birth for a third time, she decided to do things differently. Having felt a sense of detachment at her two C-section births, the 35-year-old author from London decided to play guinea pig for a new type of delivery: the natural Caesarean. The pioneering surgery involves doctors making an incision on the mum’s stomach before encouraging the baby to make their own way out. The method enables immediate skin-to-skin contact between mum and baby. More than one in four women now has a caesarean, but natural C-sections are becoming increasingly popular in Britain and the US. Carley Valikoula told last week of the "amazing" moment she delivered her own baby girl. Here, Charlotte recalls the remarkable moment she watched son Finn emerge into the world... I had been separated from the first moments of my eldest two children’s lives by a screen. I just lay there, wondering what they looked like and if everything was going as it should. Lily was born in 2010. … [Read more...] about I watched as my son squirmed his way out of my womb during a NATURAL C-section
Turning a breech baby risks
WHEN Laura Gallazzi felt her waters break at only 25 weeks into her pregnancy, the first-time mum was terrified her baby son was about to be born hugely premature. But what was to happen in hospital was far more horrific than she could have imagined — as the doctor battling to deliver her child accidentally decapitated him. The baby had been stuck in the breech position and as the medic tugged at his legs to try and get him out — instead of performing a C-section — his head broke off in Laura’s womb. Two other doctors did then carry out a C-section — but only to recover the baby’s head. Speaking exclusively for the first time about the horror that shocked the nation, Laura now lays the blame squarely at the door of Dr Vaishnavy Laxman — although she has since been cleared to continue practising. Traumatised Laura, 34, says: “She butchered my son. How could this happen in this day and age?” She also believes she was duped into … [Read more...] about Woman whose baby was decapitated in the womb by NHS doc says ‘they butchered my son’
It’s well-known and widely accepted that madness has, historically, been feminised. The term “hysterical” comes from the Latin word hystericus, or “of the womb”, and “lunacy” is derived from a regular monthly period of insanity tied to the moon’s phases. We’d all like to discuss these instances as ridiculous anachronisms with no credence – but new research shows that the medical profession probably still has reams of work to do when it comes to treating women as the rational, reasonable creatures we are. Yes, even when in the hormonal throes of pregnancy and childbirth. According to figures published by the charity Birthrights this week on the back of an FOI, women at 75 per cent of maternity units across the country are being denied the right to choose a Caesarean birth even though guidelines from The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) state that women should be allowed to opt for one, even if it’s … [Read more...] about Why hospitals should never turn down elective Caesareans
IT'S every parent's worst nightmare, losing their baby. But for Abbi-Gail Williams and Luke Watkins it became their heartbreaking reality, not once but twice - in just one year. The couple were forced to make the devastating decision to terminate both pregnancies after doctors told them their little boys, Theo and Elliot, had almost no chance of surviving. Yet, in the middle of their ordeal, Abbi-Gail and Luke found comfort in the most unlikely of places. Watching Emmerdale, the pair were confronted with a story line dealing with bilateral renal agenesis - the same rare conditions their baby boys' had been diagnosed with. In the soap, Chas Dingle faced the exact same dilemma after being told her unborn daughter was suffering the life-threatening condition at her 20-week scan. The character, played by Lucy Pargeter, also faced the agony of having to decide whether to terminate or carry her baby girl to term, knowing she wouldn't survive. It was a scenario that hit Luke and … [Read more...] about How Emmerdale helped us after we lost two babies in the womb to the same cruel disease…in just a year
A CAESAREAN section is an operation that allows babies to be delivered through a cut made in the belly and womb. The procedure is often carried out if a vaginal birth is deemed too risky. But what is a C-section and are there any risks?What is a Caesarean section? Around one in five babies born in Britain are delivered by a C-section. To carry out the operation, a cut is made across the tummy, allowing surgeons access to the womb. Caesareans can be life-threatening, so doctors will only recommend it if it’s the safest option for pregnant women and their babies. Why is it called a Caesarean? The name is thought to be linked with Julius Caesar, but he is believed to have been born naturally. His mother, Aurelia, is reported to have been alive for most of his life, which means it’s unlikely she underwent a caesarean. The word is most likely derived from the Latin word to cut, which is caesus, the past participle of caedere. And the word lent its name to a law, the Lex … [Read more...] about What is a C section, why’s it called a Caesarean and is there a scar after the procedure?