First thing in the morning, a woman came in laboring. I saw that she had had a C-section with her first baby and the baby had died. I also noticed that she was very small which is probably why she couldn't deliver normally the first time. I asked her what had happened with her first, and she said that she had labored for a long time and the baby became distressed and they took her for a C-section, but it was too late - the baby died. Given her stature and the bad outcome the first time, I told her that I did not think labor was a good idea for her and we should proceed with C-section. Also, the baby was breech, yet another reason to not risk it. She quickly agreed, her mother-in-law took some convincing (as per usual). We took her for C-section (in, by the way, our maternity theatre which is now functional! - see pic below) and delivered a healthy baby boy. He required some resuscitation, but is now doing wonderfully!
|Our wonderful operating theatre, right on maternity. No more wheeling patients up 3 hills for a C-section!|