I have to tell some very exciting news.
My sister-in-law Channic had a healthy baby boy at our clinic last week.
This was a miracle.
This is Channic’s fifth baby boy. Only one of them has been born alive and was delivered by C-section in 2010. The reason he was born by C-section was that I couldn’t stand the thought of her losing another baby for some unknown cause and so Achao and I paid for her to have the operation at a private hospital two weeks before she was due to deliver.
When I found out Channic was pregnant again last year I asked her what she was going to do. Would she get another Cesarean? She said that she didn’t know. Channic didn’t go for any prenatal check-ups in her village and then came to my house last week saying that her labor was starting.
I was so worried! I knew that is was Sunday and that the possibility of getting adequate care at the hospital was very slim. I called one of the doctors to see if we could have an emergency ultrasound to see if everything looked ok with the baby, but because it was Sunday there was no key to the ultrasound room.
B-lyn and I talked about what to do. We knew that if we took her to the hospital she wouldn’t be monitored until she was thought to be fully dilated and even then the baby’s heart beat still may not be monitored. We decided to keep her at the clinic and closely monitor her and the baby.
Channic labored quickly with seemingly no problems. After about an hour she told me that she felt like pushing. I checked the heartbeat again and it started dropping! I quickly checked her and she was only 7cm and the head was still high. The heartbeat kept dropping… I tried to call the hospital but there was no one picking up. We told Channic to push as hard as she could and I dilated her cervix while she pushed. The baby came out within 5 minutes of the initial drop in heartrate. He needed just a little resuscitation and was crying like a champ! So was I! I was crying and thanking God for this little miracle. If Channic would have stayed at home for delivery, or even delivered at the hospital without constant monitoring, little baby CJ wouldn’t be here today.
I am not sure why Channic has lost so many babies; maybe it is placental-insufficeincy that causes the babies to crash as the labor gets stronger.
What I do know is that I am thankful to God for CJ being here with us!