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June 7th, 2010
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37 1/2 Weeks
On Wednesday we will be 38 weeks pregnant.  However, there is a slight hiccup..  And I'm not talking about the daily hiccup sessions that baby has been entertaining us with in the morning and after dinner.  This is a hiccup of another sort.

We found out two weeks ago that the baby is positioned breach; butt first.  We then found out that it is extremely rare to willingly perform a breach birth and the preferred method for this situation is to just schedule a C-section.  Ellen is very much wanting to avoiding a C-section as much as possible and has voiced her opinion about it.  We were offered an option that is scheduled at 11am today.  External cephalic version is where they bush on the belly and manipulate the out side of the tummy in an attempt to turn the baby the correct way.  It is extremely uncomfortable for the mother (sometimes described as more painful than the birth itself) but fortunately carries only small risk to the baby.  Best case is that the baby is put in the proper position. 

Possible problems include:
Baby can't be turned and remains breach
Baby is turned, but turns itself back on its own
Umbilical cord gets pinched or wraps around the baby
Placental abruption

Most of the risks are rare and only have a small chance.  However, due to these risks we must have the turning procedure done in the O.R. so that Ellen and baby can be monitored 100% of the time and should anything happen or come up, emergency procedures can be done without delay.

I am not overly worried about what is going to happen in a few short hours as I feel confident that this is a common procedure and that should something need to be done on short notice, qualified people are there to it in very timely manner.  Never the less, I still feel nervous, anxious, and a bit jittery.

Fingers crossed.

Current Mood: nervousnervous

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Date:June 7th, 2010 01:56 pm (UTC)
I am sure ellen will be ok... coming from a medical person. Yes, it will hurt, but they will probably either give her pain meds or sedate her while they are doing it.

Also, one of the most common things that people get concerned about is the cord and if it wraps around the baby's neck. That is a simple fix during delivery and will not harm the baby. (I am taking NeoNate stuff atm in medic class)

Please keep us updated. Once I am done with medic class, we need to get together. I haven't seen you in like forever and it sucks. Tell ellen I said Hi and Good Luck with the procedure. *hugs*
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Date:June 9th, 2010 01:36 am (UTC)
Thanks for the good thoughts, Ellen and I appreciate them.

And it has been like..... ffoooorrrever.. what's been going on??
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Date:June 7th, 2010 02:32 pm (UTC)
I hope the birth goes well.
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Date:June 9th, 2010 01:37 am (UTC)
Thanks for the good vibes. *Hugs you and the family* How you guys been?
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Date:June 7th, 2010 09:32 pm (UTC)
keep me posted on how it goes hon. I know a c-section isn't a preferable option, but if one of the bad outcomes does occur it is, by far, the safest. If it does result in a nuchal cord, lilpup is right - they'll usually just proceed with delivery as normal unless there's some indication of it being tight enough to affect circulation - this will be obvious when she goes in the hospital and is put on monitors.

also, while I know she's not thrilled with the prospect of a C-section, scheduling one is -greatly- preferred to an emergency c-section.
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