Mom to Hope Snider
July 23rd, 2011
My angel daughter, Hope, was stillborn on July 23, 2011 at 20.4 weeks. At 17.5 weeks, I went to see my doctor because I was having some bleeding. I was diagnosed with a small placental abruption (a condition where the placenta begins to pull away from the uterus). At that time they were not too concerned because it was so small. I was ordered to do no heavy lifting or exercise and to just take it easy. I did that, but ended up back at the doctors a few days later with some cramping and continued bleeding. At that point, they put me on a modified bed rest to try and get everything under control.
The bed rest seemed to be working and I started feeling much better. What we didn’t know, is that at some point, I had a preterm premature rupture of the membranes (pPROM) that caused the amniotic fluid to leak out of the sac. The fluid was mixing with the blood, which caused it to go unnoticed.
After two weeks of bed rest, I went in for my scheduled 20 week ultrasound to check out the baby and see how things were going with the abruption. That is when we discovered that there was very little amniotic fluid surrounding the baby. Not a good thing. I was referred to a specialist, where they determined that the baby had a good, strong heartbeat and that there was a good blood supply to the baby. However, there was virtually no amniotic fluid.
At that point, they did give us the option to go into the hospital and induce labor, but the baby would have no chance of surviving. We decided against that because we were not ready to give up on our baby. We knew the prognosis was grim, but were still optimistic. Unfortunately, four days later, I was rushed to the hospital with cramping and our beautiful daughter Hope was born sleeping.
April can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org