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20 | Sophia's story of emergency repeat caesarean with her baby with Down syndrome following elective caesarean for Polyhydramnios and suspected large baby; Private Hospital, Public Hospital, Midwifery Group Practice

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In this episode we meet Perth mother of two, Sophia. In her first pregnancy Sophia was diagnosed with Polyhydramnios, a condition where there is an excess of amniotic fluid. Her obstetrician recommended a c-section based on the findings of this but also the risk of shoulder dystocia given the baby was predicted to be large. Sophia begrudgingly elected for a c-section and while she describes her experience as perfectly fine she immediately knew she would want to try for a VBAC next time around.Falling pregnant again Sophia was given the news that her second baby has Down syndrome and after a difficult decision making process she and her husband decided to still proceed with the pregnancy and sought to welcome their baby girl via VBAC.Sophia's story speaks of the struggles of breastfeeding, the importance of knowledge and preparation in birth, and the love with which she welcomed her daughter into the world.~ Notes ~Down syndrome support Australia:https://www.downsyndrome.org.auFacebook support groups, please search:321 PREGNANCY CARET21 Mum Australia NetworkCelebrate T21VBAC Australia Support GroupPregnancy Loss:https://www.bearsofhope.org.auhttps://rednosegriefandloss.org.auhttps://miscarriagesupport.org.au**VBAC Birth Stories features women's lived experiences. It is not intended to replace medical advice. Should you have any concerns during your pregnancy please always consult your healthcare provider.Please connect with us on Facebook or Instagram: @vbacbirthstories


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