Allison - posted on 03/14/2010 ( 3 moms have responded )
Hi! I had a severe PP hemorhage 3 years ago with my son, and have never met anyone else who had one. So I am just curious if anyone still feels like sharing their experiences on here! I want to have another child someday, but still wary of this happening again, and wondering about what causes PP hemorhage...
I had a planned, assisted home-birth with 2 midwives, and hemorhaged immediately afterward. My midwife gave me all the usual drugs - pitocin, methargine, cytotec - but nothing worked, so I went to the hospital ER in an ambulance. That was REALLY slow and I almost died there, but finally got an OB after 1.5 hours and he gave me hemabate and did a "deep uterine sweep", which worked. My hemoglobin (I think?) was down at 4.5 out of 12-15 normally, so I was pretty close to going into shock. I lost about 60% of my blood. Anyway, I had 2 units of blood transfused and went home after about 3 days. Then after 2 weeks at home it happened AGAIN, and I was back for more blood transfusions and 4 more days in the hospital and a D&C, which finally worked. They never found anything, though, and my blood was clotting like crazy, so they said the hemorhage was just due to lower uterine atony - just didn't contract like it was supposed to afterward. My milk didn't come in for about 5 days after the birth, when I was at home and finally relaxed (and skin-to-skin) with my son.
My son was 9.5 pounds, and almost 3 weeks "overdue", so I'm curious if this could have caused the hemmorhage. Anyone else know what caused your hemmorhage? Even if not, what were the circumstances around the birth?