Monday, July 14, 2008

When I was pregnant. I was happy, bouncy & super excited but then I started to feel strange like something wasn't right. At 18wks we got the scans done like normal but he told us she wasn't 18wks but 16wks, "huh" I thought. My boyfriend noticed something in the ultrasound & the man wouldn't tell him what it was. He was going to let us leave with out saying a word & then he told us the words that broke my heart. "You baby has abnomality" & that was it. So we waited around got the ultrasounds & rushed to RPA. I waited in the line & told the lady we didn't have an appointment (she was rude about that) but then I continued to explain & handed her the letter in the ultrasound. Her face changed & told us to follow her.

Which we did down the long corridor until we got to the ultrasound area. She knocked on a door & gave this man the letter & then told us " Sit here he will be with you shortly" 10min or more past & the man came to get us, We had another ultrasound & he told us it was true our Baby had abnormality called Gastroschisis. 

He explained what it  is/was a congenital abdominal wall defect in which the intestines and sometimes other organs develop outside the fetal abdomen through an opening in the abdominal wall. He told us also that if we wanted we could terminate the pregnancy & my heart just broke even more or continue & see from there. 

He booked us in to see him again the following week to see if anything had changed. We went & nothing had changed our baby was still growing which was great. So he told us that he was transferring us to The RHW randwick as they had better resources & a midwife dedicated to abnomalities, who could inform us more about what would happen after you baby was born.

The midwife called me & made an appointment for a few weeks time.
I had my last appoint at RPA where they organised the transferred & fixed the papers for my school.
When we got to the RHW we meet the Midwife who was so kind to us. She told us what would happen every time we would go. She told us in depth what it was and why they think it happens.

“Gastroschisis occurs in about 1 in 5 -10,000 live births. It appears to occur more frequently in women who are less than 20 years of age. During the 4th to 5th week of embryonic development the embryo, which has been a flat disk, folds in four directions: up and down and right and left sides. Each fold converges at the site of the umbilicus with the side folds forming the sides of the abdominal wall.
Gastroschisis is thought to occur because of interruptions to the blood supply or blood vessels which supply the muscles of the abdominal wall during the period of abdominal wall development”

It made us sort of understand, she showed us photos so when we got to see our baby we wouldn’t be in so much shock. She told us what they would do when she was born, I would be induced at around 36/37wks so she would be sorta full term, they would let us bond a little & then take her away to have her opperation to fix her up & then place her in the NICU for us to visit & then wait around 1month before we would be able to take her home.

After that we got ultrasounds every 2weeks to keep monitoring her growth, then finally came the 2nd last appointment, where they told me when I was meant to come to be induced, Which was the 6th of August 07.  One day after her dad would turn 18.

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