I had a consultant appt today and she suggested that because my uterus is so overworked (5th baby, a surprise, but the previous one was 6 yrs ago) I was a high risk for post partum haemorrage. I wondered if anyone else had been told this, or knew where I could find more information? Thank you
Interesting. I have not heard that before. I am currently of with my 5th too, and with a 7 yr age gap. I had a PPH with my first, but with none of the others. A home birth would be lovely but I feel I need to be in hospital in case I have another PPH.
Hi MissTFied nice to meet someone else on their 5th When are you due? Thanks for the link Brawne for some reason I struggled to find many results on google that weren't discussions on parenting sites, frustrating!
For number six I was told that I would have to give birth on the Labour ward regardless of previous pregnancies . But I wasn't happy with that so had a consultation and they agreed i could go on the low risk ward with the pools etc xx
I like you already MissTFied! thank you for making me feel more normal about taking ages to get my head round it! I'm not due until mid May so hopefully by the time I'm holding a baby I will have worked it out!
Interesting update on the consultant and her PPH concerns. I contacted a few societies including AIMS (Association for Improvements in Maternity Services) giving some of my history, and my current dilemma. I received an e-mail which said that the most recent (2016) paper published by the RCOG does not even include several previous deliveries on its list of factors with increased risk. There was a link to some studies, the most risk averse of which said that after 4 previous deliveries the risk of PPH rose from 6 in a 1000 to 8 in a 1000 deliveries - a far cry from the maybe as much as 50% which the consultant guessed at. I feel reassured
So did you have any of your others at home at all? Are you going to have this one at home? I think it would be lovely to have my other children witness a home water birth, but we are also having major building work after Christmas, so another reason probably not a good idea! All the best to you, wherever you give birth.
Oh wow! Good luck with the building work! Its about 4 yrs since we had a major extension and I still remember the hassle! Hope it all goes well. And yes, all 4 have been born at home - partly why I'm not keen to start in hospital now! There is nothing to beat big brother meeting new baby sibling at a few minutes old although he hasn't actually seen them being born yet...