I wrote this post about a month ago about trying to get my records from Ewan's birth. For my new readers out there, here's a brief recap: I had a c-section with my son and have been suffering from post-partum depression basically ever since. I had a successful vbac with my daughter, but is has brought to light all sorts of emotions about my son's birth and I've been wanting to see my records so I can know what really happened from a medical perspective.
The hospital asked me if I wanted everything or just the abstract since the entire record is 150 pages. I decided to get the abstract because I have to pay per page. Even with that, it's still about $40! Well, I finally receive it and it's all of my records. I mean all of them. For my entire pregnancy. Which is so not what I asked for on the form I filled out, I wanted just labor and delivery. No wonder it was 150 pages!
I haven't decided if I'm going to call them back and ask for the entire record of labor and delivery or not, mainly because I don't want to pay another $40 but also because I found what I was looking for: that the nurses knew Ewan was posterior when they checked me just after I was admitted and did nothing to help get him to turn. I know, how does that help me? Well, it makes me feel better to know that I was right :-) I was right in that they had to have known, even though I've been told by several doctors that it's possible they didn't. I guess it gives me some focus to my anger instead of being angry at the world for my c-section :-)
I did however notice something in the placenta report that I'm curious about. It said that the placenta was partially calcified, I had an infection and that the cord was inflamed. Now, both Ewan and I were find the entire time I was in labor, no fever, no crazy fetal heart rate drops, nothing. So, what I'm wondering is if that stuff is because he was born at 41 weeks and is part of what happens when you go overdue or if it was the start of a problem and it's a good thing he was born when he was before it turned into an emergency situation.
What would you do? Find out the truth or choose to believe it was a good thing it happened when it did?