Emma’s Maternity Story

Emma’s Maternity Story


My name’s Emma Sanders and I started my
journey with the team here at Leighton last January
brand when we had IVF treatment at the IVF clinic and we were ever so lucky because our treatment worked first time. So last September we found out that I
was pregnant and I was immediately transferred
into the Community Team. Everything was going really well up
until about 22 week scan when it became apparent that I had
raised blood pressure. I came into the hospital, into the Antenatal Clinic,
just for a routine check to hopefully find that my blood pressure had gone
down and unfortunately it became apparent that there were
also a number of other concerning issues. Harry, inside the womb, was struggling quite considerably.
He didn’t have sufficient liquor in which to grow. He was a third smaller than he
should have been and my placenta was disintegrating, so
those factors combined were making it very
difficult for Harry to continue to do well and prosper. In addition to that, my blood pressure
turned into pre-eclampsia and started creating all sorts
of havoc. The lady, the Midwife that actually broke the news to me, so to speak, on the Antenatal Clinic was absolutely
fantastic. She immediately picked up from the results that she had that there was
quite a number of issues and the Doctor and then the Consultant that explained everything to me were amazing, they really were. But it was apparent that I needed to stay in
hospital and was immediately transferred to the Ward and from that point onwards we remained in the care of all the team on the ward until Harry
was finally delivered. Initially it looked like I would have to deliver
within 48 hours which would have been just
catastrophic because at which point Harry was 26-and-a-half weeks. That said, I was scanned again the next day and they designed that, you know, with a bit of luck and good
fortune on our side we could probably make it over the weekend and reassess
the situation on Monday. The ladies on the Ward, so all the
Midwives, that were on the ward looking after me
were amazing, they really were amazing. My blood pressure was playing all sorts of
tricks and doing all sorts of odd things and they were really dealing with the
dynamics at my situation but importantly for me they were
managing Harry’s situation too, and were monitoring him
constantly. At one point I was being monitored every two hours to check the Harry’s heartbeat was
okay and then to compare with scans and what
have you and just the care and the way in which they
were able to explain what was happening and whether or not they were concerned or
whether or not they were more concerned than previously. They had a special way with them
and amazingly we managed to get Harry up to 29 weeks and he was delivered literally on the day of week 29. and that was purely down to, and due to the skill of, the
Midwives that were looking after both myself and Harry. They were not
only able to look after my condition and obviously monitor Harry’s carefully but
they also had the skill to be able to be supportive. I was a long time on
the Ward, I was three weeks before Harry was delivered and they were aware of the situation obviously, they were very aware of the fact
that we, my husband and I, were so incredibly concerned and their social skills as
well as their Midwifery skills really came to the fore and they
made us feel very relaxed and very confident in their ability and I can honestly say if it wasn’t for them and their skill
than Harry wouldn’t be here, no doubt about it. Harry just wouldn’t be here. My husband and I, we’re so incredibly grateful because Harry really is our dream and it’s thanks to them that he’s here safely. Once Harry was delivered he went straight into NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) and he ended up spending 110 days on NICU and during that period of time the Midwives that had been looking after me kept popping in to see him, to see if he
was okay and how he was doing, and again that was lovely because it was so nice to be able to say how well he was doing albeit, you know, it
was a long slow process but it was just another factor in their care We really can’t speak highly enough about the treatment that I’ve had and that Harry’s had and it’s impossible to be perfectly honest, it’s quite
impossible, to thank people properly when it really means so much and Harry is doing
so well now and it’s all thanks to everybody and the care and attention and professionalism of the people that
looked after him

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