Sunday, February 17, 2008

Another birth in the family

I have been a delinquent poster not just because of my own family circus, but because of an extended family drama. We were delighted on Thursday to welcome another baby into the family: My cousin had a baby girl, Elyse. Anyone who has read my book knows that one of the things that inspired me to write about the history of childbirth was trying to understand three generations of births (my grandmother, my mother and aunt, my own) all of which were quite different, and also quite bad. As I was concluding the book, my sister-in-law's twin had a baby, which became fodder, and I ended the book questioning whether my sister-in-law, when she had a baby, would schedule a c-section, as she hoped to do. Well, I've already blogged about my sister-in-law here, who had her baby about 7 months ago. Today, I am focused on my cousin, who had a relatively easy vaginal birth in the hospital with her first son. This being her second child, labor progressed just fine and despite being 7 cm and feeling no pain, she got an epidural. A couple hours later, she had a girl and a few stitches. The next day, she said she felt an unusual amount of stomach pain. And the next day they sent her home. Last night, she raced back to the hospital with a raging infection. Her baby stayed home with her dad. The last three women I have personally known to give birth in a hospital have had to return to treat an infection. And given the post below, this is very frightening in an age when infections are becoming resistant to antibiotics. More women should know that this happens.

9 comments:

Emory Student Midwife said...

The risk of catching a crazy hospital-acquired resistant infection is going up. All the more reason to stay at home where MRSA, etc. do not run rampant. Love love love your blog by the way.

mom said...

In light of Tina's previous blog, we are very worried about my niece. She is very sick. They say it's a uterus infection. Nasty hospital germs. We'll keep you posted when we can. Everyone's trying to help the dad as much as possible with a newborn and a 3 year old. My sister's crazy with worry.

vbacwarrior said...

Did you see my blog post in December?
http://nowombpods.blogspot.com/2007/12/top-5-most-underreported-birth-stories.html

Thought you might find it interesting in light of your last two posts.

vbacwarrior said...

Sorry, try this:
http://nowombpods.blogspot.com/2007/12/
top-5-most-underreported-birth-stories
.html

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Tina Cassidy said...

VBACWARRIOR, thanks for the link and for your list. Frightening.

Sheridan said...

I hope that she is ok. That is so very scary. It is crazy they sent her home. My friend had this happen to her after her last baby. She is a nurse and exposed to these germs every day, but apparantly this doesn't protect her. She did recover, but it was a few scary days for her family and friends.

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