Conditions that threaten women’s lives in childbirth & pregnancy

Mark

Male
Age at interview: 41
Age at diagnosis: 37

Brief outline: Mark and his wife (Jo - Interview21) were expecting their first child. Three weeks before her due date his wife started to bleed and they called an ambulance. Jo had a placental abruption. On arrival at hospital she had an emergency caesarian to deliver their son.

Background: Mark is a research scientist, married with two children. White British.

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As this was his first child, Mark had no expectations of what labour and childbirth would be like. He and his wife (Jo - Interview21) had been to antenatal classes. When his wife started to bleed and told him to call the ambulance he followed her lead. She had started bleeding one Saturday morning three weeks before her due date. Once the ambulance arrived he followed on in the car. He remembered everything was relatively calm until they got his wife out of the ambulance and crash teams were called. He receded into the background as the emergency staff surrounded his wife to deliver the baby as soon as possible. They were later told his wife had had a placental abruption that they think was caused by rapid onset pre-eclampsia, although they were never definitively sure. 

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