Thursday, November 21, 2013

26 November

Two posts in one day! I haven't done this since Maddy was little!

Yesterday, I posted about my experience with the ECV. Since it failed, we will need to schedule a cesarean. Yesterday, the hospital gave me the date of December 4 which was a week after the doctors had verbally advised me that it would be. I had some concerns and so I emailed the doctor.

My main concerns were these:
- if I went into labour naturally and the baby was still breech, I would need an emergency cesarean
- emergency cesarean is not preferable for the mother OR the baby and the risks are a bit higher than if it were planned (just depending on how "emergency" it truly was). 
- since the baby already has known health issues, it would be preferable to have the team of doctors ready and prepared in advance, rather than using whichever doctors were on call at the time. 
- (selfish reason) - if I had an emergency c, Bernard would not be allowed in the theatre and I would be alone for the birth of the baby. While it might not be as big of an issue in a routine pregnancy, we don't know how her breathing will be until those first few minutes and I would not want to go through that without my husband.

In addition to the above, my due date according to LMP is December 7 - however according to all of my early ultrasounds, the baby has consistently measured between 6-10 days ahead, putting my due date by ultrasound to somewhere around November 27 to December 1. 

So as mentioned in my previous post, I contacted the doctor last night and he replied within a few hours saying he would review my file and get back to me. This afternoon, I had a call from the hospital advising me that they have moved the date to November 26. 

So unless a) I happen to go into labour within the next 5 days, or b) the baby happens to turn within the next 5 days, we will be meeting our little girl next Tuesday. 

Please continue to keep us in your thoughts and prayers - this is the end of one journey, but the beginning of another...