When i was pg with ds2 i had a blood test for obstretic cholostatis at 35 weeks. The midwife said she'd call me if it came back positive. She didnt. I called her a week later and she said she hadnt managed to pick up the test results but again told me she'd call if there was a problem - again no phone call so i assumed everything was fine.
Fast forward to 41weeks pg.
went for my over-due appointment and the midwife doing the check up (a different one) spotted the words OC - high in big red letters on my notes and called the consultant who decided i should then be induced asap. They asked scary questions about ds2's movements and then induced me straight away.
anyway ds2 is 14 month old now and today i got a letter from a clinical negligence soliciter who suggested i make a formal complaint of negligence as apparntly ds2 could have died (? - im not sure what cholostasis is)
i dont want to get the midwife into trouble and it was a long time ago, but if something could have happened to ds2.....
so, what would you do?
and what exactly is cholostatsis?
has anyone ever had it and what treatment did you get?
You know those people that phone you up and see weather you've had any accidents? it was one of them type things and i mentioned it to them. they said they'd check it out and get back to me if they thought that someone had been negligent.
OC is a condition where your liver/gal bladder does not produce bile salts, leading to a build up bile acids in the body, which can be fatal to the baby, particularly after 37 weeks. Normal treatment is drugs to reduce the bile salts, weekly scans to check blood flow to the baby and weekly (at least) blood tests to detect post drug rises in bile acids. It can be fatal - some studies have shown a 20% chance of miscarriage in unmanaged cases after 37 weeks -so go and give your ds2 an extra big hug.
The only symptom you would have noticed is itching, severity depends on the patient, and possibly very dark urine. If you have previously had OC it is very important to be monitored for it in subsequent pregnancies as tehre is a 90% chance of recurrence. this is the best web basd info.
I would definately complain to the hospital, but wouldn't sue. It is unacceptable that such a serious condition should have been overlooked.
huggy - dont go with the claims people for gods sake!!!! They tell you one thing and then sell it on to a law firm who assess it properly. In reality your baby wasnt hurt/damaged/ill so there can be no claim for injury on a "what if" basis. Tell em to PO and ask Countess Dracula's dh what he thinks!
I think you should complain to the chief executive of the trust, perhaps pointing out that you are concerned this doesn't happen again.
My pre-natal care has been very sloppy. I also work for the NHS and if I was so sloppy at my job, I would expect to be disciplined. It makes me very cross when midwives don't follow stuff up, it's like the minute you leave the room, it's forgotten