We talk to Serynna, mom of 2, on her birth experience. Serynna had Endometrial Cyst and had to go for a keyhole surgery, which made her menstruation cramps tolerable. Prior to that, it was so painful for her that she even fainted once. Serena maintained a very active lifestyle during pregnancy. She had low iron levels and took iron supplements from her 3rd trimester.
Doula Fadillah highlighted that sometimes, Iron supplements may not be fully absorbed into the body, thus she advised to get your levels checked again, if possible as towards the end of the pregnancy, your iron levels then to dip even lower which will contribute to the condition called Postpartum Hemorrhage.
Postpartum hemorrhage occurs when a woman has heavy bleeding after giving birth. It's a serious but rare condition. It usually happens within 1 day of giving birth, but it can happen up to 12 weeks after having a baby. About 1 to 5 in 100 women who have a baby have postpartum hemorrhage.
Serynna recollected that her induction was one of the worst pains she has ever experienced. Nothing she took was helping her east the pain and she decided to go ahead with an epidural. Due to that, she could not feel anything while she pushed her baby out. Doula Fadhilah advised that you are allowed to inform your doctor to lower the dosage of epidural so that you are able to have sensation when you push.
The doctors had to do an episiotomy, which is a surgical cut made at the opening of the vagina during childbirth, to aid a difficult delivery and prevent rupture of tissues, as her baby was on the bigger side. Serynna only had a few seconds of skin to skin with her baby before everyone realised something had happened.
Serynna could see from the reflection on the examination light that blood was squirting out of her vagina. The next thing she knew, she blacked out. The whole floor space was covered with her blood. She regained consciousness only to overhear her gynecologist informing her husband that emergency surgery needed to be done and that they might have to remove her womb.
All she remembers telling her gynecologist before being wheeled out was, “Save my womb please!” Click here to find out what happened and how Serynna’s quality of life was affected after the surgery.
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