Join Date: May 2004
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Well, I know my son was breathing fine after his birth. He was born around 3pm. At about midnight we noticed that he was breathing a little faster than normal. By 2pm the next day it was quite obvious and he was very irritable because he was working so hard.
We were treated very well by hospital staff. They knew my son was a HB. The doc said that since his breathing increased a few hours AFTER the birth they could not rule out the possibility of an infection causing the distressed breathing so they had to do the septic workup and admit him. It was only after the fact that the cultures came back clear that they could diagnose TTN.
I know it's hard to deal with how you were treated. I feel like I lost my babymoon with possibly my last baby. However, I am so grateful that the hospital staff were so kind to me. It's probably because I am an experienced mom, and this baby was my 6th baby and my 5th homebirth. In hindsight I would have done it all the same. There is no way to know if my little guy had a possible infection. If he did, and we had skipped the septic workup we would have lost precious time to get him well and we may have lost him. I am very grateful that it all turned out ok and we took a healthy baby home.