May I say how glad I am to have found hopefully a professional who might be able to advice me. I will tell you my back ground and hope that you can help the information I receive will help me personal but also I am hoping that I may be able to help other women and possibly challenge the NHS in particular the hospital where my care has been based. If anything I want to make them uncomfortable.
I understand that you may not wish to answer my question on this basis so I wanted to be upfront about my intentions, I will not use your name unless you say it is ok.
So here’s my back ground I’m a type 1 diabetic have been for 21 years and have relatively good control no medical problems link to diabetes, I am not over weight and attend the gym up to 3 time a weeks, also have a dog so walking is a must and also have a great garden which I love to dig – so I quite fit. I’m 35 turning 36 in October I’m 177cm tall and weigh 182 pounds.
With my first child I was advice at 36 wks that I would be induced at 38wks with no real explanation, this being my first time I trusted the professional and went along with their guidance. My son’s growth was completely normal on the 50th C all the way though my pregnancy and although I would not say my blood sugars were perfect during they were within the advice limited set here in the UK. The induction was terrible I was not given any advice as to what it would be like and was left unattended for 4.5 hours and a total labour of 10 hours which ended in a emergency C section. My son foetal heart rate was dropping and his head was banging against my cervics, he was born healthy at 7bl 11oz on the 26.06.07 I tried to breast feed him but after 6 weeks gave up.
My seconded pregnancy I was more armed with information and went for VBAC which my hospital seemed at first to support but as I went though pregnancy started to warn me of all sort of scary information. Towards the end of my pregnancy I was warned that my baby was big and that shoulder dystopia may occur (my scans all showed the 70 – 75 centil) however I felt better in this pregnancy than my first and had not gained as much weight and had kept fit, my HBA1c were very good too. After being scared half to death by the prospects of my baby getting stuck I almost gave up on a vaginal birth but my heart told me I could and I would never forgive myself if my baby was c section and turned out to be the same size as my first. So I did VBAC, with the information that I should consider having an epidural tap just in case they had to intervene. I was very closely monitored because of previous C section and was allowed to more around as much as I could with a drip in each hand and a strap on my tummy. I got to about 7 cm and the pain and being exhausted got the better of me so I had an epidural, I got fully dilated and to push but my request to have the epidural turned off was ignored and after an hour of pushing, I was advice to have a c section (they also came in early and offered me one?? Before pushing and telling me all the bad stuff again that could happen).
By this point I was so scared and tried that I did as they said, however my baby was not in distress, she was born on 7.08.10 weighting 8lb 1oz she was born healthy and I am still breast feeding her.
If you wish to comment on any of the above it would be welcome, as you may understand I am very traumatised by what has happened and there is far more I could tell you but don’t want to bore you with trivial information.
My question are as follows
Is there any true medical evidence into still birth of insulin diabetic mother past 38wks, and is this only reason other than larger babies (I note that in my medical notes they recommend 38/ 39 wks I am still at a loss as to why they were so determined to get me in when I wanted to wait)
How much of a risk would I be taking if I decided to try for VBA2C if I am induced again?
I would not want to try for baby number 3 until at least 2 years after the birth of my 2nd as this is a good age gap but also allows scare time to heal
Do 3rd babies tend to be bigger as a guide i.e. the first smallest, 2nd a bit more so on so forth.
These may seem like simple question but I do not trust my hospital to get a honest answer and simple searching on the internet on forms etc has yet to produce any hard evidence.
I thank you in advance for any help offered