The perks of being a Midwife.

My hands smell of babies and milk. This is the world of a midwifery student and a nurse.


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Asker Anonymous Asks:
My mother had placental insufficiency twice and due to this, my GP thinks it's could be genetic.
heartandsoulmidwifery heartandsoulmidwifery Said:


well, the exact reason for insufficiency is still not known. I listed some reasons there, but there are more: antiphospholipid syndrome (that remains hidden often), protein C or S defficiency, sometimes it happens with no apparent cause. You could inherit a disorder from your mother (like protein C defficiency), but that would be diagnosed by now.

There is still work to be done in discovering what really is behind it, we might even discover that it is genetic. I hope it is not, because genetic disorders are the ones that are really hard to be treated.

But here’s a happy story: my mom had placental insufficiency when she was pregnant with me. I was born at 32 weeks (and I’m a big happy girl now), the cause was never found My mom then had 5 more children (we were all delivered vaginally) and placental insufficiency never happened again.


Asker Anonymous Asks:
Thank you <3 the doctor said due to my daughter stopping growing at 28 weeks there was no cause found. It is possible my womb could be scared from this
heartandsoulmidwifery heartandsoulmidwifery Said:


then I’d say that your risk is lower, but I’d still recommend some blood work to see if there’s anything that can be fixed. 

If you didn’t have a surgery or an abrasion (that means sweeping the uterine wall on the inside to remove pieces of placenta), then you probably don’t have uterine scars. The placenta breaks away from the wall when the baby is born and leaves no scars. 


Asker Anonymous Asks:
I was diagnosed with Placental insufficiency during my last pregnancy and my baby had stopped growing at 28 weeks. My son is perfectly healthy now a days :) Will this happen again if I chose to have another baby?
heartandsoulmidwifery heartandsoulmidwifery Said:

I got two other similar questions, so I’m answering them together:

During my first pregnancy I developed placental insufficiency and had a emergency c-section. Also due to this my daughter stopped growing when I was 28 weeks pregnant. With my next pregnancy be the same.

I had placenta insufficiency while I was pregnant with my daughter. Due to this she was born at 34 via a emergency c-section with severe iugr It was not possible normal birth as her heart rate would drop to 60bpm with Braxton hicks. She was also born with LBS. If I was to have another child would this problems happen again and id like not to have a c section again is this also possible

Hi anons. :)

First of all I’d like to apologize for making you wait so long, but I had no acces to a computer. :/

Well, placental insufficiency is not a common complication of pregnancy, but yes, it can be really dangerous. It happens when the placenta is damaged or doesn’t develop properly.

The placenta feeds the baby while it’s in the womb: it gives the baby protection, it supplies food and oxygen, it prevents infection and takes the stuff the baby doesn’t need back to the mother -like carbon dioxide and waste. It has a lot of blood vessels that have the job of delivering the blood from the uterus to the whole placenta and in the end to your baby. Insufficiency means that these blood vessels are not bringing enough blood.

Placental insufficiency is linked to blood flow disorders, some medications and lifestyle habits. Sometimes the placenta doesn’t attach to the wall properly or it breaks away from it too soon – that can cause insufficiency too.

Some possible causes are
- Diabetes,
- Anemias,
- High blood pressure,
- Blood clotting disorders,
- Medications like blood thinners,
- Smoking,
- Drug abuse.

If you don’t have any of the risk factors, it’s very unlikely that it will happen again. However, if you do have risk factors, the risk is higher and insufficiency might develop again. I suggest you talk to your doctor and try to find out why insufficiency developed in the first place and try to work with your doctor from there. Your doctor will probably want to do some blood work to check for any blood disorders.

Vaginal birth after cesarean is possible. Your c-section was an emergency, therefore you have a lot of chances to deliver your next baby vaginally. 

The criteria for a VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean) are:

- no more than two previous c-sections (some say one previous c-section) with low transvers incisions,

- no other uterine scars,

- a clinically stable (healthy) pelvis,

- a hospital delivery (it can still be natural!),

- the complete surgery team has to be present in the hospital in case anything happens.

Your midwife and your doctor will want to be very careful, monitor your baby and make sure that everything works out for you. That means more check-ups during pregnancy. If everything is okay with the baby, you can try for a vaginal birth. That means that your baby will be monitored during labor . Talk to your midwife and your doctor about your concerns and your fears!

If you get pregnant again, I wish you all happy and healthy pregnancies, beautiful births and lots of happy healthy babies!


Asker Anonymous Asks:
I would like to become a midwife for teen mother but I'm unsure if this is possible?
heartandsoulmidwifery heartandsoulmidwifery Said:

Hi anon,

if you’re asking if you can become a midwife who would work with teen mothers, then yes, of course it’s possible. You’ll have to become a midwife first and then get experience (or get another degree) in psychology, sociology, law and similar fields that would help you with your work.  

I think this is a great idea!


Asker Anonymous Asks:
Hello, I love your blog and I want to be a midwife when I'm older, and I was wondering what you majored in in college, what classes you took, etc. did you go to nursing school? I just want to know so I have an idea of what path I want to take when I go to school!!
heartandsoulmidwifery heartandsoulmidwifery Said:

Hi anon.

I might not be the best help here, because I’m studying midwifery in Europe. Our schooling system is a lot different than yours. We have primary school (9 years), secondary school (this is a high school or a gymnasium) and then university. 

But yeah, I did go to a nursing school before university. My high school was a nursing high school.

Midwifery students from US, can you help us? 


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The incredible Katie Inman with her twins Luke and Charlotte (8 months). Katie and her husband tried for two years to get pregnant before exploring infertility. She discovered that she wasn’t ovulating and her husband was having difficulty as well so they decided to start Clomid and a year later, after she started ovulating, they began IUI. Katie found out she was pregnant and just knew she was having twins but her husband didn’t believe it until he saw the babies on ultrasound and was very surprised. From there her pregnancy progressed without complication other than morning sickness her first trimester. Her water broke at 36 weeks and she went straight to the hospital. It was important for her to have as natural birth as possible and while they had her delivery in the operating room just in case. Luke was baby A and he came out with about 15 minutes of pushing and was brought right up to her chest. Charlotte was born without complication about 7 minutes later. Katie had hoped to breastfeed but faced a lot of complications which was surprising after such an uncomplicated pregnancy and birth. Her milk didn’t come in for about a month so she started Domperidone and continued pumping. Thankfully she had a lot of lactation support but struggled greatly with having to supplement with formula. She was eventually able to get the babies to latch and nurse directly. She’s nursing when she can, pumping while she’s at work and supplementing when she needs to. Her lactation consultant encouraged her to embrace that she’s doing all she can and allow herself to enjoy this experience even though its not what she had hoped it would be. #4thtrimester #4thtrisanfran #4thtrimesterbodies #4thtrimesterbodiesproject #birth #bodypositive #breastfeeding #bodypositivity #childbirth #everybodyisbeautiful #motherhood #postpartum #postpartumbody #postpartumbodies #stopcensoringmotherhood

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