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Level 2 and Perinatologist

So, I was born with a birth defect.  I have a shunt to reroute cerebrospinal fluid from my brain to my abdomen.  It’s no big deal for me, and don’t think about it often.  However, now that I am going to have a baby, there are some questions as to how this baby should be delivered.  Should we just do a scheduled c-section to avoid me having to push a baby out and thereby increasing my intracranial pressure, or does that not really matter?  My doc seems to think that having a normal vaginal birth should be fine, as long as we limit the pushing phase.  But, she’s not sure.  Which is how I came to have an appt. for a level 2 ultrasound and visit with a perinatologist on Feb. 2nd.  It’s funny, because my ob/gyn told me she was just going to “talk” with the peri and get her recommendation.  And when I woke up this afternoon, there’s a message from the peri’s office wanting to schedule my appt.  Alrighty then.  I’m not entirely sure why I’m having a level 2 ultrasound.  Maybe to make sure the baby doesn’t have the same birth defect as me (although, it’s not necessarily genetic).  But I’ll take it.  More time to see the Junebug!

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Comments on: "Level 2 and Perinatologist" (2)

  1. Laura, I love you!

    Love Mike

  2. It’ll be interesting to hear what they say. Would you care if you had a vbirth vs. a csection? Or does it not really matter to you? As an L&D nurse I’d imagine you’ve seen it all.

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