Conditions that threaten women’s lives in childbirth & pregnancy


Age at interview: 36
Age at diagnosis: 34

Brief outline: Hannah had an emergency caesarean section with her first child, who was five. She needed an emergency c-section to deliver her second child. Complications, including a uterine rupture, lead to a haemorrhage and surgery. She spent several days in ITU and HDU before being reunited with her baby.

Background: Hannah, a 34 year old editor, is married with two children. White British.

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Hannah’s life-threatening event took place during the birth of her second child. She had had an emergency caesarean section with her first son (who was 5) and was hoping for a vaginal birth after caesarean (VBAC) with her second child. Her labour started naturally but did not progress well, until she was taken in for an emergency caesarean. Her baby daughter was delivered and was fine. But Hannah had complications. The doctor cut through her bladder while delivering the baby, her previous caesarean scar ran and another rupture developed. She started to haemorrhage and lost a lot of blood. After surgery Hannah was in intensive care (ITU) for 2 days, a high dependency unit (HDU) for 3 days and the ward for another 2 days. She has been left with several complications to her digestive system as a result of where the scars healed internally, and follows a strict low fibre diet, to avoid a blocked colon. She did not have a hysterectomy, but has been advised against having any other children. 


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