Emergency C-Section - A New Addition To The Syders

Life has been busy here at The Syders. Eight weeks ago, we welcomed a brand-new addition to the family, a Grandson. He was born two weeks early back in November, while we were away on holiday. Our eldest daughter had a really rough time of it and ended up having an emergency C-section after experiencing a severe allergic reaction to Penicillin that she was prescribed for a water infection. Having a C-section was her worst nightmare and even though our birthing plans don't always work out the way we want, an emergency while giving birth, for any mum is a terrifying experience.

I had four C-sections, my second being an emergency after having a trial labour and I remember the intense fear that I felt as I was rushed into theatre and how shell shocked I was as I was handed my baby, drowsy from the anaesthetic. It was a bit of a blur. However, my experience of an emergency C-section was a walk in the park compared with what my daughter went through. Not only did she have the op, she also had to contend with a serious allergic reaction to penicillin which escalated into sepsis (blood poisoning) and pneumonia. After a stay in ICU and two weeks in hospital she was released and ever since Papa and I have been helping to care for our Grandson, who initially spent ten days in the neonatal unit receiving antibiotics to make sure that mums sepsis hadn't affected him.

First we had to bring baby home from neonatal while mum was still too unwell to leave hospital. As unprepared grandparents it was a bit of a shock dealing not only with the worry of an extremely poorly daughter but also a newborn to care for full time. During pregnancy you have forty weeks to prepare mentally for a new baby, but when you are just handed a baby and sent home, you are a bit panic stricken. It has been eighteen years since I gave birth to my last child and my first thought was 'can I still do this?' I was a nervous wreck; over worrying about every detail from his temperature to the funny noises he makes when he sleeps. The responsibility of caring for another's child is intense. However, after we got the first night out of the way Papa and I slipped straight back into things as if no time had passed at all since last having a newborn full time. 

Our Grandson is now eight weeks old and is doing fantastic. Mum is on the mend, although bonding has been an issue because she couldn't see her son for the first two weeks of his life. It has been a difficult process and not what we had planned but we are just so relieved that our daughter is home and well and adjusting to her new life as a mother. We are lucky that we have an amazing health visitor who has been incredibly supportive and has offered us some fabulous services to help us on our journey.

So here we are, creeping slowly up to fifty and doing the whole sleepless night thing all over again, learning all the new rules as we go, enjoying plenty of cuddles along the way.

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Emergency C-Section - A New Addition To The Syders Emergency C-Section - A New Addition To The Syders Reviewed by Emma@christmascupboard on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 Rating: 5


  1. Congratulations - he is beautiful x #DreamTeam

  2. Oh gosh! Sending hugs to you all...Your poor daughter. I'm glad she's doing better now. What a scare for you all. x


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