A tragic experience in the Delivery Room....

Philippines
September 2, 2007 11:08am CST
Just last night, me and my classmates were assigned at the Delivery Room to assisst in giving birth.. at exactly 10 pm, one pregnant woman was delivered to the room direct from the emergency room since she really was about to give birth.. but then the midwife noticed that the baby was too big for the mother, who is only 4'8''. and making things worse, her cervix thickened making it harder for the child to pass through.. and the worst of all, the mother has no idea how to push correctly.. in fact her eyeballs were covered with thin films of membrane full of water, which is a sign of increasing intra-ocular pressure due to her push. during this time of labor, we monitored the fetal heart beat and was normal... our clinical instructor even helped the mother in her effort to push the baby by doing fundal push but to no avail.. they discouraged the procedure since they believed it's a cord coil... at 12:30 am, the baby got out..... DEAD....
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15 responses
@stormygrl (763)
• United States
2 Sep 07
I agree with above, I'm not believing this story at all. I would think preparations would have been made and midwife or not would had known the baby was big. Also the ending ..the baby got out...??
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• Philippines
3 Sep 07
it is true.. but there is nothing i can do if you don't believe me just because i don't have the perfect words to use and i don't have the wit not to have chosen that..
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@theprogamer (10539)
• United States
2 Sep 07
Yes this is very sad, yet another event to weigh the heart. It is rather discouraging this occurred. My heart goes out to her and the lost soul.
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• Philippines
3 Sep 07
yeah ...same here...
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@LadyDulce (830)
• United States
2 Sep 07
Two and a half hours is quite enough time for an emergency C-section to be performed. The fact that it wasn't seriously calls into question the training and capability of the doctors/midwives involved. Once it was determined that the child was in distress, a proper doctor, not med students or midwives, should have been called in. Don't get me wrong, I'm completely in favor of midwives; I had one present at my son's delivery, along with med students, but my child was also in distress (the cord was wrapped loosely around his neck), so they called in TWO experienced doctors. Thankfully in my case, my body and my child were a perfet fit, so he slipped out quite easily, unharmed. But when the mother shows such signs of exertion while pushing, knowing she isn't doing it properly, and the child is suffering for it; they ought to have had her sign the papers and cut her open to get that poor child out. Blessed Be
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• Philippines
3 Sep 07
yeah, that's what should've had happened but when the doctor came, she didn't advice for CS maybe because we see the head of the child already.
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@beckish (612)
• United States
2 Sep 07
Birth is such a dangerous process for both the mother and the baby, even in this day and age of increased technology. My daughter is eight months pregnant and having contractions; she went to the hospital last night but they sent her home because she wasn't progressing. I was terrified something would go wrong with each of my deliveries, and I worry for my daughter. My heart goes out to this poor woman who lost her baby, and I will send positive energy to everyone who was there during the experience. How very sad.
• Philippines
3 Sep 07
thank you very much
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@patgalca (14366)
• Orangeville, Ontario
2 Sep 07
This truly is sad. My memory is not the best but I believe it is in Quebec they are having much controversy over midwives assisting in the deliveries at home. In the case of one woman, the midwives were falling asleep during the labour. They are trying to enforce stricter laws. Midwives are trained to deliver babies but they certainly must know when something is beyond their control and a woman must get to a hospital. Alas, sometimes it is too late. I have nothing against delivering at a hospital. In fact, in the case of my second child, the doctor was called in only when the baby was ready to be delivered. In other words, he came in for the catch. Except more than that had to be done because my baby had a big head and I had to beg to be cut. Both my babies had big heads. I much prefer the expertise of doctors and hospitals with all necessary equipment readily at hand.
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@Foxxee (3653)
• United States
2 Sep 07
well said. i agree with what you said. i think there should be stricter laws on midwives.
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@Foxxee (3653)
• United States
2 Sep 07
I don't understand. I believe the midwife is at fault here. Why wasn't this lady rushed to the hospital for a emergency c-section? Someone messed up and now that poor lady lost her baby due to someones stupidity!
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• Philippines
3 Sep 07
She was in the hospital...
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• Canada
3 Sep 07
So sorry to hear of this happening!!! My thoughts and prayers are with the mother and the rest of the family!
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• Philippines
7 Sep 07
yeah that's exactly what im doing too...
@Ricko82 (585)
• Philippines
3 Sep 07
I guess you can not say you didn't do your best. Some things are just beyond our control in this world. No matter how we try, there are tragedies like this bound to happen. Just think that you did your best, there is nothing you could do. The next time you encounter such cases, I hope you have enough experience in your arsenal to deliver a baby in this world alive. But if it's not gonna happen, let God take care of the rest.
• Philippines
3 Sep 07
thanks.. it is such a relief reading your post after reading the above post.. post number 12. hehee. we did think of Csection. if only i can do it myself, the mother would have been sliced immediately.. but i guess there was really nothing i can do in that moment as a student nurse. even my CI and the midwife can't do anything, how much more a mere student like me?
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@josan181237 (1205)
• Philippines
3 Sep 07
i'm just curious.. how does a mother push a baby correctly?
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• India
3 Sep 07
Very very sad. After nine months of the effort a still-born child is the worst curse a mother can have. It was definitely the responsibility of the midwife and other more experience doctors to determine beforehand that a C-section is the best for both the mother and child. Just think of all the physical pain the woman had to endure for more than two hours and the end result was emptiness. Unforgivable offence on the part of whosoever was responsible. These things don’t happen overnight…doctors monitor pregnant mothers on a weekly basis and a few weeks before delivery time, they take the patient and her family into confidence if a C-section is imminent. I wonder why nothing of this sort was done but if you are studying medicine (as I think you are), you should be careful so that such negligence does not happen in your hands.
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@MisterPlus (1917)
• Philippines
3 Sep 07
This case is somewhat you can say negligence. If the mother was properly assessed this could have not happened. CS I guess is the best way for her to make them both survive.
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@taylorblue (1286)
• Canada
3 Sep 07
You know something like that happened with my son. I pushed and pushed for two hours and nothing happened except that everyone noticed he kept getting sucked back in. They took a vaccuum and pulled him out...the cord was wrapped around his neck twice....and he wasn't breathing. I guess there is just somethings that can't be determined. My son is fine now...he spent half a night in the intensive care. But I was lucky!
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• United States
3 Sep 07
This is such a horrible thing to read. I dont even know how you were around that. I really feel like the hospital should have done something to prevent this. If the baby was too big she should have had a c section. I feel horrible for this woman.
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@aj2006 (1536)
• Philippines
4 Sep 07
this is so sad.. and I know that if only the hospital staff are equal to the ratio of patients, the baby will be save.. here in the Philippines, it's a common story in public hospitals...why? because most of our doctors and nurses are all heading abroad to seek for greener pastures because in our very own country the opportunity is nowhere to be seen.. I remember my very own OB-gyne, she left the country two months after I gave birth to be a nurse abroad.. that is so sad.. if only we have enough here ( facilities, money and oppurtunity) our caregivers will stay.
• Philippines
7 Sep 07
yeah!! that's true.. the number of nurses decreases which almost had a ratio of 1:60.. one nurse to take care of 60 patients in a ward.. and they are not the only ones who suffer that.. even the doctors.. i believe there was only one doctor on duty that time.. and i don't think her specialization is in OB
@lilyruth (724)
• United States
9 Sep 07
Thats so sad, but keep in mind you did allyou could do its the hspital staff the doctors who failed.