My wife's waters broke early one morning, 5 weeks before her due date. We rang the midwife on call and went on to the hospital. It wasn't her organised midwife but that didn't matter, she was lovely and very reassuring. Before we knew it she was 8cm dilated and too late for an epidural. Her midwife group practice midwife arrived just at the right time, only a few pushes later and our little girl came. It was so good having 2 midwifes present and also a junior doctor who sat in on the birth. She went straight to the paediatricians for a quick examination and was given the all clear. Exhausted mum finally got a cuddle.
A small glitch delivering the placenta saw her in theatre having it removed which was a seemingly smooth exercise for the surgeons on at the time.
That night our little one was sleeping on my wife's chest when my wife looked down and saw our girl turning blue, she screamed out to the nurses - someone help me. They came rushing in and took her straight into the nursery as the nurse yelled - I need resusc. I had just left for dinner when I got a phone call from my hysterical wife saying that she had turned blue and the hospital staff had her. I raced in to see her in the nursery with several staff around her. Her oxygen was quickly restored but still took 6 minutes to breathe on her own. We were quickly reassured she was OK once breathing again.
The paediatricians came straight back in and assessed her. All necessary measures were taken to work out what had caused it. She was placed on heart and oxygen saturation monitors for 48 hours.
This was the most terrifying moment in both our lives. We owe so much to the staff that attended to us here with their quick actions and absolute professionalism, from the midwifes to the doctors, paediatric nurses, paediatricians and everyone else involved.
She is now off all her monitors and doing well.
"Our premature princess"
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