I was twenty four years old when I went into labor with my first child. My water broke as soon as I woke up that morning, but after that labor was slow. After nearly 23 hours my doctor decided we should do a Cesarean, because the baby was stuck and wasn’t descending through my pelvis the way she should. I was so exhausted that I agreed right away and they whisked me off to the operating room. Everything seemed to go fine, and after a few days in the hospital we were sent home.
Since Monday 18th March I have ventured forth in the adventure that is the rest of my life! My menstrual problems began after a post-partum haemorrage following the birth of our second child – natural delivery of a 10lb 6oz bouncing baby boy!
My name is Laura Boot-Handford and I recently turned 30. I grew up in the beautiful town Lewes, East Sussex. I met my Husband there whilst at college. We both went to University in Leicester and settled in Northampton nearby once we had finished. We bought our first house and two cats. We got married and soon thought about starting a family of our own.
I was admitted to hospital to be induced with my second baby thinking that I’d be discharged again about 6 hours after the birth, how wrong was I. After giving birth to my little girl naturally the midwife went to sew up where they’d had to cut me and noticed I was bleeding quite heavily. The next thing I knew the room was full of people and I was being rushed to surgery.
I was diagnosed with Cervical Cancer when I was pregnant – and almost died before I got a chance to hold my newborn baby girl. The nightmare began when doctors discovered a tumour the size of a tennis ball blocking little Aaron’s arrival. They immediately delivered Aaron by C-Sect – but I haemorraged. My bed sheets were soaked in blood and doctors couldn’t get the bleeding to stop. As my life slipped away, docs warned my partner, to expect the worst as he stood helpless with our baby in his arms.
Researchers in Australia have found, perhaps unsurprisingly, that mothers who have undergone the trauma of an emergency hysterectomy following severe postpartum haemorrhage have revealed three main areas of concern. They were ‘initial separation: lost bonding time’, ‘feelings of failure’ and ‘relinquishing care of the infant’.
Hysterectomy is rarely performed for saving life, however it is often a treatment option when it is not possible to stop bleeding following the birth of a child, however this is a radical treatment and will prevent women from having children in the future.