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Brain aneurysm at 16 yo = c-section for DD and upcoming c-section for DC2...

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BrianCoxIsEatingBrains Fri 19-Oct-12 16:41:24

Any midwives reading this? Or anybody been through similar?

I had a berry aneurysm aged 16, fully recovered and no side effects. Am now healthy 34 year old with DC2 on the way.

I was told at 16 by my neurosurgeon that I would never be able to give birth naturally as the stress on the clipped aneurysm is uncharted territory and who would want to test the waters (ie - mum to be, medical team would be reluctant )

So I have always just gone along with that. I can't give birth naturally. I know that the safe delivery of my baby and the safe outcome for me is best.

Then, I heard from a friend that one of her patients (she is a nurse) had a BA in her teens and went on to have 3 vaginal deliveries with no consequence.

It has played on my mind and having done a little research on the internet, came across a quote from a book (Best Practice in Labour and Delivery) that said:

If a woman (had a) berry aneurysm that has been clipped, she can be delivered vaginally without any special precautions..... link

This has totally turned my head inside out. I always said I felt like I had missed out in some way, not going through labour, but had accepted that it was just what was best.

I am also Consultant led care, not Midwife, because of this. I have my first appointment next week.

I am now considering asking exactly why I was not told, aged 25, that vaginal birth is possible.

I thought there were no other options, but feel as though I was kept in the dark.

The 'research' I have done in the last few days is limited admittedly but it is really hard to find information on via Google. The little snippets I have found have gone against everything I have been told though.

Anybody have any advice?

BrianCoxIsEatingBrains Fri 19-Oct-12 17:01:41

bumping back up Active Convos

SlightlySuperiorPeasant Fri 19-Oct-12 17:22:56

Your surgery and the advice given was several years ago and medical advice changes all the time as new studies are done, old studies disputed etc. In many cases the experts can't agree on the 'best' solution between themselves so one patient could be given conflicting advice if thet see more than one specialist. Absolutely discuss it with your consultant.

BrianCoxIsEatingBrains Fri 19-Oct-12 17:33:03

I hadn't taken that into account (the advice being 9 years old) I suppose the only person with the information I need is my consultant, you are right.

I feel in shock, having what I thought of as 'the truth' about the situation turned on it's head and the possibility of a natural birth, when I thought it wasn't possible, is a bit mind-blowing.

SlightlySuperiorPeasant Fri 19-Oct-12 18:03:59

In a good way though smile You might still decide on a c-section but it's nice to have the option.

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