I personally experienced what was described as severe shoulder dystocia. people usually don't get it. they say, "oh yeah, my baby got stuck at the shoulders too". funnily enough my doctor would come and see me everyday in hospital and tell me that people would say this and i was not to believe them. she also came in daily and said i must have a cesarean next time.
The labour was 'textbook' apparently. Just going so smoothly but i have to say it was very very hard. I'm beginning to think it was particularly harder than most labours after hearing other people's experiences. I was considerably fit and told by doctors that i have a high pain threshold.
The labour was what i considered to be about 6 hours long, 5 hours of hard work.
The details are foggy because i was so exhausted and i just felt like i wanted to give up. Only the thought of my baby's life kept me going. Doctors have told me how it went.
Baby's head came out but the shoulders didn't seem to be following, i knew something was wrong. An emergency call was made around the hospital and people flooded the room, it went from about 4 people in the room to what seemed like 15 ( i don't know how many). The delivering doctor attempted EVERY move, mcroberts, corkscrew, trying to break collar bone (sorry, i don't know the technicalities) but i was told everything was attempted. i had 2 midwives push my thighs back to my shoulders with so much force. My baby was so tightly stuck the doctor couldn't even move him enough to break his collar bone. i could see panic on the doctors face and everyone in the room. i just shut my eyes and kept saying 'please Lord let my baby be ok' (or maybe i was saying this after bubs came out but wasn't crying and swept over to emergency table???)
My baby's head was stuck for 5 minutes. Eventually the doctor was able to reef him out by one arm (i had an episiotomy at some stage). I believe it was a miracle that my baby came out alive. Doctors came to my room afterwards and told me my baby didn't have brain damage (i didn't know to expect it!?)
My baby was resuscitated. that sweet sweet cry was the best sound i have ever heard in my life. my husband was in the delivery suite toilet crying and praying during the delivery. He said all he could see was a blue baby and when they took the baby over to be revived it just looked like a limp blue baby...this was the most horrific experience for us.
All the doctors who have read my notes have asked me how my delivering doctor was after the experience and how many years did it shave off her life? my mum saw a midwife come out of the delivery suite wiping her brow exclaiming "oh that was the worse thing i've ever seen". I'm so thankful to that doctor and at our 6 week check up she was so thrilled to see the happy healthy baby she ran to get one of the other doctors to come and see him :)
My baby boy is perfectly healthy and is 3.5 yrs old now. He had erbs palsy...that is, his arm was limp from shoulder down from nerve damage upon being yanked out of me. Thankfully he could raise his lower arm (bend at elbow on his own) by day 5 and by week 6 he could lift his entire arm. we had to do exercises for his arm several times a day. He stayed in intensive care for 24 hours in a humidy crib. he was my first baby, 9lbs 12 oz and there was no gestational diabetes. I didn't see him till a couple of hours after birth apart from a glance as they took him away. i got first contact with him 7 hours after birth.
I'd really like to hear other people's experiences...