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Quick thinking Mum saves unborn daughter's life

Quick thinking Mum saves unborn daughter's life

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'Mum urges pregnant women to trust their instincts after her quick thinking saves unborn daughter's life

Ayla Heller's daughter was born healthy - but it could have been very different.

From fertility-boosting diets to post-partum care and baby milestones, there's a dizzying wealth of information on every single aspect of having a baby.

Sometimes, though, amongst all the clamouring of different opinions and often-contradictory advice, it pays to listen to your own instinct.

New mum Ayla Heller did this, and it proved to be difference between her baby daughter living - and heartbreaking tragedy.

In a dramatic Facebook post, Ayla shares an stark reminder to mums everywhere about the importance that intuition still plays.

"The day I turned 38 weeks was obviously just a normal day,"

So begins Ayla's account of what happened. She had got up and gone to work as usual, when she realised "Maddy wasn't kicking around very much.

"But I had assumed she was having a less active day (which happened regularly). By noon, I felt her adjust her position which brought to my attention that she still hadn't kicked, but at least I had felt some kind of movement.

"So the day goes on and I still hadn't thought much of it until 7pm.

"Dalton [Ayla's husband] put his hand on my belly and asked if she had been kicking."

It was at this point Ayla started to feel anxious, and decided to try to rouse her daughter into moving.

"So I took a bath, drank cold orange juice, Dalton poked at my belly, and we even listened to her heartbeat with our fetal Doppler (which there was a heartbeat) but still no movement.

"We became a little panicked but since I had felt her adjust positions and heard her heartbeat, I knew she was at least alive so I didn't know what to do."

Still feeling uneasy, Ayla text her mother, unable to find any conclusive advice or guidance online.

"Half of everything I read said go in immediately, and the other half said that babies run out of room to kick.

"My mom was very persistent and insisted I go in or at least call my midwife. So I called my midwife, left a voicemail, and eventually got a call back saying there would be a room waiting for me in the labour center."

It turned out to be the best decision.

On arrival, Ayla was hooked up to various monitors tracking her baby's movements, given more juice and given more ice. She was rolled in different directions, adjusted and even made to hang slightly upside-down.

Half an hour passed, and Ayla was told the midwife was on her way, something she describes as "a bad sign".

As soon as she arrived, the midwife informed her that her situation was not looking good and she was most likely going to have an emergency cesarean - that night.

"I was shaking uncontrollably but [I] was kind of in too much shock to really have emotions about it. "

Before being anaesthetised, Ayla was told there was a chance her daughter might be born with life-threatening problems.

Happily, when Maddy was delivered, healthy and crying reassuringly.

Ayla was later told what had happened to cause her to reduce her movements so dramatically.

"I was informed that my placenta had aged prematurely, was calcified, and had basically given up. I was also told they don't know why this happens and there's nothing I could've done to prevent it.

"This had caused Maddy to not be receiving as much oxygen or food as she needed.

"This was causing her to try to preserve her energy, which is why she had stopped moving. This also caused her to have low blood sugar upon arrival so she needed to be hooked up to a glucose drip IV her first few days.

"My mother asked what would have happened had I not gone in when I did. 'She wouldn't be here' was the reply. She wouldn't have made it the rest of the night."

It is this point which has prompted the new mum to share her story and to urge other women to listen to their instincts.

"I've heard so many stories of stillbirths because signs may not have been taken as seriously as they should have been. 

"I wanted to let anyone expecting, or planning to have a baby to be aware of activity and that a halt in activity is very much NOT normal.

"You know your body and what's normal for your baby. And had I done that, I wouldn't have my love." 

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