Originally Posted by stayathomecristi
I'm sorry to hear about your UR, too and appreciate your sharing that it could go unnoticed. Did you find out b/c of the baby's heart-rate? Did you end up having to have a hysterectomy or were they able to save your uterus?
I labored at home with my DH and doulas for most of my labor. I went to the hospital and was 5-6 cm, baby's heart rate was good. Hospital policy was intermittent monitoring (20 minutes per hour). Initial 20 minute monitoring looked good and I labored for an hour in the shower and felt the urge to push. I was checked and found to be complete, monitored briefly, and left to push. (The hospital staff was very respectful of my wishes and essentially left me with my DH and doulas to do our thing.) After 20-30 minutes of pushing, I was hooked up for intermittent monitoring again. Baby's heart rate was in the 60s. After her heart rate did not bounce back, I was rushed for an emergency C section.
They were able to save my uterus, and I am currently 6 weeks pregnant. They were able to rescuscitate my baby, but she was born severely hypoxic and we took her off the ventilator when she was 9 days old. And FYI, this was a major teaching hospital with 24 hour anesthesiology and neonatalogy and a level 2 NICU.
One of the reasons I did not have an epidural was so that the pain of a UR would not be masked. I had honestly never heard of painless UR, but it is real and as I said, is not an uncommon experience among women who rupture. I had no pain that I did not consider to be a normal part of labor and had no vaginal bleeding. (I also has a placental abruption along with the UR, which again is not an uncommon experience.)
Anyway, I did not mean to make this thread about me and my experience. But I did want to point out some inaccuracies.