Induction/L&D

My Angel Tamera

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By Jenny I found out I was pregnant just a few days after Christmas. I was excited but a little nervous about becoming a mom again. My happiness was to last only a few days. I did everything I was supposed to, but on New Year’s day I started bleeding. I bled so much that I thought I’d miscarried and so did my doctor. I grieved, but felt I could deal with it because it was so early on in the pregnancy. They had me come in to check my HGC levels just to make sure they were coming down. I didn’t get a call with […]

Induction/L&D

A Rainy Saturday

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A Grieving Mother It is hard to know where I should begin to express to others the story of what happened to us. Particularly when it is linked to an ending which was far from the ending that we had dreamed of, and to be honest, expected. A life and a death—all nestled in my protective womb. This is something no one can truly understand until they face it themselves. I just hope that those of us who have had to climb  the sheer cliff face of this particular choice can find some peace and rest at the top of it. Not that it is something […]

D&E

We Would Have Named Her Samantha

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By V. J. When I was pregnant with my second child everything seemed to be going great. I went to my monthly prenatal check ups, had my first ultrasound, had blood work done and took all of the usual prenatal care precautions. If it was a girl, we were going to name her Samantha. Then I got a call about the results of my sequential screen. It put our chance of the baby having Down syndrome at 1 out of 26, and Spina Bifida at 1 out of 4. We saw a genetic counselor and she advised us to have an amniocentesis test, and get another ultrasound at […]

Diagnoses

What is Oligohydramnios?

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Oligohydraminos is an abnormally low level of amniotic fluid. The development of the fetus’s lungs, digestives system, muscles and limbs depend on amniotic fluid, which allows it to “breath,” swallow, and move around as it grows. The effects of Oligohydraminos depend on the gestational age of the pregnancy. During the first half of pregnancy, complications of Oligohydraminos are most serious and include birth defects caused by the compression o fetal organs, greater possibility of miscarriage, and stillbirth. In the second half of pregnancy, it can cause Interuterine Growth Restriction (IUGR), preterm birth, and labor complications leading to cesarean delivery. Oligohydramnios can be associated with Potter […]