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haemorrhaging / ELCS / fibroids(4 Posts)
Apologies, this has been done before I´m sure, I just can´t find specific info and I´m going crazy. Also sorry for the super long post!
Sooo, I requested an ELCS because I read studies showing that with fibroids bigger than 5cm in mothers over 35, there is a 48% of ending up having an EMCS… I have 4 fibroids, 2 of them 10cm, I´m 39 years old, so for me it was a no brainer – as VB doesn’t appeal to me at all, I would do it if it was safer but it doesn’t look like it´s the case (also, I have arthritis, scoliosis and Raynaud’s syndrome, which all together pushed me to choose a controlled and less painful birth). My consultant said I´m at risk of haemorrhaging due to the fibroids during a VB, but I had an appointment with the Senior midwife today (basically the person in charge of convincing me to change my mind), and she said that the risk of haemorrhaging with c-section is higher.
I´m confused, because I know that “normal” blood loss is higher during c-section, but according to the NICE guidelines the postpartum haemorrhage risk in VB is actually slightly higher? Am I getting this mixed up?
Also, she is minimising the risk of an EMCS should I need it – telling me they can control anything that happens, but talking a lot about the risks of a section in general, which doesn’t make any sense to me? One of my fibroids is close to where they should be cutting, my consultant said is fine as they have a window on the side but midwife is stressing this fact as extra risk – this is surely worse in an EMCS?
The midwife is telling me a water birth with no epidural is my best option as I´ll be in control, “just try” and then go for a section if I can´t cope, but the thought horrifies me…
I just don’t know what to do, I was very set in the ELCS idea but I don’t want to be narrow minded and put myself or my baby at risk.
Thanks so much for your ideas!
I'm no expert but sounds like the midwife was talking bullocks. Stick to the ELCS.
Thank you, the more I think about the more I see they are not listening - trying to be humble but I should stick to my guts x
Yup you're the most invested person here and you've done the most thinking about your own situation/health. You've listened to consultant and midwife. Now it's time to demand what is right for you.
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