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Posted by: Amy   |   4/19/2013   |   New York

A Tale of Three Deliveries

My name is Amy, and my husband and I have three fabulous children (ages 7, 5, 1). All three pregnancies were easy, and all ended with a scary finish.I was induced with my daughter because my amniotic fluid was low. Following a 47-hour labor and a fever of 105+, I delivered her after one hour of pushing.I was also induced with my first son. Going into the delivery, I had an extra placental lobe, of which everyone was aware. I delivered him and most of the placenta after only 12 hours of labor. I reminded the doctors of the extra lobe and they assured me it had been delivered. At home (still breastfeeding) 6 weeks later I started bleeding profusely and ended up in the ER where I was told I had likely started menstruating again. After another week, I started hemorrhaging again such that I passed out and was back in the ER via ambulance. After being prescribed contraction medicine for a week, the doctor found material blocking her view of my cervix. Following its extraction and lab tests, it was determined that it was the extra placental lobe.I was induced again for baby #3. I delivered him after only 11 hours of labor, but things weren't right immediately afterward. I was hemorrhaging more than normal and the doctor didn't know why. I started feeling sick and told my husband to take the baby from me. The anesthesiologist rushed in to try and get my blood pressure up, but nothing worked. I was rushed to the OR covered by only a sheet. I looked at the nurse and asked if I could close my eyes, wanting reassurance I would open them again. She said I could close them, but nothing more. I remember feeling pressure on my throat and wondering why (I was being intubated) and then waking up n the ICU. Turns out after receiving 5 units of blood, 1 unit of plasma, and nitroglycerin, things improved. My uterus (a muscle) had inverted and the medicine caused it to relax so the doctor could put it back.I am so thankful to be here and want to help others.


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