Woman weeps as doctors race to help girlfriendAugust 13, 2019
New mother weeps as doctors battle to save her girlfriend who suffered a life-threatening haemorrhage after giving birth to their child
- Beth, from Essex, gave birth but haemorrhaged while delivering the placenta
- The new mother suffers from lupus, and excess blood loss could be fatal
- Girlfriend Chloe held newborn son while doctors rushed to save Beth’s life
- Dramatic moment was caught on camera in Emma Willis: Delivering Babies
- Warning: Graphic images
A woman was left in tears as she held her newborn son while watching doctors attempt to help her girlfriend, who was haemorrhaging after giving birth.
First time mother Beth, from Essex, gave birth at the Princess Alexandra hospital in Harlow, but haemorrhaged while delivering the placenta.
As doctors raced to save Beth’s life, her girlfriend Chloe watched on, crying, while holding their newborn son.
The dramatic moment was captured in Emma Willis: Delivering Babies, which aired last night at 10pm on Channel W.
Beth, from Essex, haemorrhaged while giving birth to her first son, and doctors rushed to save her life
Girlfriend Chloe wept as she held their son for the first time while watching doctors working to save Beth’s life
The second series of Delivering Babies sees Emma return to complete her training and witness more babies come into the world.
On the antenatal ward, the TV presenter carried out observations on mothers-to-be.
She met with Beth who was expecting her first child with her girlfriend Chloe.
The couple revealed they had only been together for five months before deciding to have a child together.
Beth haemorrhaged after delivering the placenta, with midwife Naghmeh trying to stem the bleeding
The couple snuggled up with their new son, with Beth cradling him in her arms before she delivered the placenta
A same-sex couple, they found a donor online and were expecting a little boy, but it wasn’t a straightforward journey.
Beth had Lupus and then developed pre-eclampsia, which is potentially dangerous to both mother and baby.
She told Emma that she’d arrived at the hospital earlier due to dizziness and headaches.
Despite not being full term, Beth was induced early due to her complications.
Chloe and Beth grew concerned as the new mother suffered a haemorrhage after giving birth to their son
What is pre-eclampsia?
Pre-eclampsia is a condition that affects some pregnant women, usually during the second half of pregnancy (from around 20 weeks) or soon after their baby is delivered.
Although the exact cause of pre-eclampsia is not known, it’s thought to occur when there’s a problem with the placenta, the organ that links the baby’s blood supply to the mother’s.
Although most cases of pre-eclampsia cause no problems and improve soon after the baby is delivered, there’s a risk of serious complications that can affect both the mother and her baby.
There’s a risk that the mother will develop fits called “eclampsia”. These fits can be life threatening for the mother and baby, but they’re rare.
A specialist in high-risk cases, experienced midwife of nearly forty years Naghmeh was braced for the worst-case scenario.
And after 24 hours in labour and two hours of labour, Beth eventually gave birth.
Even though the baby was bound by five loops of umbilical cord, midwife Naghmeh was able to keep her cool and free the newborn, delivering him to the mothers’ arms.
The new parents were both emotional and wept as they cuddled their son for the first time, gently comforting him as he cried.
But the hard work was not over, as the midwife braced for the delivery of the placenta.
The midwife explained that the placenta delivery could be complicated, saying: ‘Once the placenta comes out, I’m going to start that drip. Something warm coming between your legs. Perfect.’
But shortly after Beth delivered the placenta, blood began to pool on the bed, and the new mother cried: ‘It feels like leaking.’
Beth cried as she delivered the placenta and went on to suffer a haemorrhage, with doctors rushing to help her
The midwife pressed an emergency buzzer rushing other doctors to the room in order to save Beth’s life
And as Beth wailed in pain, the concerned midwife Naghmeh pressed a emergency buzzer seeking additional help.
The new mother had suffered a haemorrhage, and all staff rushed to help try and stem the bleeding.
As Beth cried, Naghmeh warned her: ‘There are a lot of people coming in here, okay darling.’
She attempted to stem the blood flow, and tried to comfort the mother by saying: ‘I know I know but I’ve got to rub up your womb.’
Experienced midwife Naghmeh helped the couple, and tried to sooth Beth as she suffered the haemorrhage
Chloe comforted her newborn son while her girlfriend Beth was helped by doctors
She asked the other staff to be careful of the blood on the floor, telling Beth: ‘You remember I told you there’s a possibility of you bleeding.’
While the doctors furiously work on Beth, her partner Chloe held their newborn son for the first time and wept.
But doctors were able to stabilise Beth and the team were able to get the new mother out of danger, with Naghmeh calling her ‘a hero’.
Meanwhile the nurse told the camera: ‘I always feel overwhelmed with responsibility, because you have the life of the mother in your hands.’
The new series of Delivering Babies with Emma Willis airs tonight on W at 10pm
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