Hello everyone my name is Cala, I’m 27 years old, and
live in West Yorkshire. My partner is Allan and he's 28. We
have two great kids Callum is 5 and Hannah is 2. We also have
a dog named Hooch, a cat named Ceefer and 2 guinea pigs named
DotDot and Splodge.
I would like to share my son Callum's birth story with you
(short version). I had two early miscarriages in a year so
when I fell pregnant for the 3rd. time the hospital kept a
close eye on me. I had a scan at 8 weeks and everything looked
fine we could see this tiny little thing that had a flashing
dot which was the baby's heartbeat. I built my hopes up that
everything would finally be OK.
At 14 weeks I had another scan I was so excited because I
had never got this far in a pregnancy, we went to the hospital
full of joy but that was short lived. The hospital found that
the baby had a condition called Gastroschisis which is where
there is a hole by the cord and the baby's insides come out.
Callum's bowels were on the outside so we were told we had
to go to Leeds General the next day because it was a bigger
hospital and better equipped. We went home in total disbelief
I cried all night wishing the baby would die now because I
couldn't cope thinking I might lose him when he was born after
getting so far.
The next day we went to Leeds I felt so sick and very tired
from not sleeping and crying. I had another scan and was told
the baby was a boy and had a good chance of surviving after
he was born. I felt so happy I couldn't believe babies could
actually survive this condition it sounded so painful and
nasty but the hospital assured me he was in no pain though
and was happy. We went away with so many mixed feelings but
I knew I was going to get my baby I couldn't stop looking
at the scan photos his little face looked so perfect. I had
regular scans at Leeds throughout my pregnancy. I decided
to get induced at 36 weeks as part of a trial study because
baby's with Gastroschisis that go to term seem to have more
problems with the bowel dilating and swelling.
The day soon came for me to get induced I was so excited
on the morning I thought it would be so quick and I was going
to see my little boy in a few hours but I had 2 lots of pessary
gel that day and nothing happened I was told it could take
a few days. The next morning I had another pessary but something
was wrong Ii was in a lot of pain and was screaming for the
nurse I thought my baby was dying inside me she said nothing
was wrong but noticed the baby's heartbeat was slowing and
he was in distress. I was given pethadine for the pain and
was told I needed an emergency caesarean section. I was given
a general anesthetic because I was thrashing around with the
pain still and I was so scared I couldn't stay still enough
for an epidural.