This is an anonymous post kindly submitted by one of the parents in our RagHeroes Parent’s Group. All identifying details have been changed.
I was all ready to go into hospital on the 9th April last year for an elective caesarean but after an uncomfortable night on the 7th I woke up with a weird feeling. During the day I ended up getting mild contractions, what I was putting down to braxton hicks! Then around 10am I thought that my waters had broken and I looked down to see blood down below all over me!
But being home with my two sons ages 14 and 20 years I didn’t want to panic them and so I remained as calm as I could. I asked my 14 year old to call for an ambulance and as usual my older son was in bed! The ambulance took just 4 minutes to get to me and as it arrived so did my mum, who was coming up to see how I was today – what a surprise she walked in to, me on the living room floor legs akimbo, blood everywhere, ambulance people amongst them, and my two lads looking shell shocked!
It all happened so fast then. I was waltzed straight to the maternity theatre and the baby was born within a 1/2 hour of the ambulance coming.
I was apparently having a placental abruption, it was touch and go that either of us would have survived. They said if I had of fallen asleep or left it any longer we wouldn’t have survived as I had lost so much blood.
To this day I keep looking at our gorgeous 17 month old son and thank the stars for him. He is a wonderful little person, and after 11 years of trying for a baby was just a joy to have. Our little miracle.