As part of Save the Children’s Newborn Campaign, they are asking people to explain, in 100 words, how a Midwife ensured your child had a first day.
I have written before about our 3rd child’s complicated pregnancy and her traumatic birth. How I bled from 27 weeks pregnant. How I lost over 400ml of blood at 33 weeks pregnant and she was very nearly born prematurely. How I was diagnosed with placenta previa and an MRI at 34 weeks pregnant gave us the diagnosis of placenta accreta. How my doctors and midwives kept my baby inside me until she was classed as full term, and then delivered her safely under a general anaesthetic.
What I didn’t explain was how poorly I was after birth, or how poorly Abigail started to become.
Here are my 100 words on how a Midwife ensured that she had a first day.
Abigail was born at 37+4wks, delivered safely in a clean and sterilised environment. She was checked the moment she was born, but she struggled to maintain her blood sugar levels and her body temperature. We had constant care from the Midwives who kept checking that Abigail was ok. To check that she was feeding properly, checking her blood sugars and who put her in a special “hot cot” to keep her warm and encourage the blood flow around her tiny body. Without the midwives who assisted in her delivery and who cared for her after, who knows what would have happened.
We often take having a midwife at the delivery of our children for granted. Without those Midwives, their skills and their knowledge, who knows what could happen.
Others are not so lucky. There are mothers who do know what it is like to deliver without a trained Midwife assisting. What it’s like to give birth so far away from any medical help that it will take hours, or days to reach them. By the time it is too late.
Every year 2.9 million babies to do not survive past their first month. Most of these deaths are preventable with the help of a trained and equipped midwife along with basic medicines such as antiseptics and antibiotics, vital equipment and a clean environment to work in.
Please read – Save the Children’s Newborn Campaign – to find out how YOU can help!