OT to Stacie (4babylungs)
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|Sat, 04-19-2003 - 8:30pm|
I know from either here or the Birth Options Debate board that you are a neonatal respiratory therapist, and I wanted to ask you a question if you don't mind!
My SIL is 29 weeks pregnant with some sort of problem with her amniotic fluid. My MIL explained it to my DH, who explained it to me, so I'm not exactly sure what the deal is, but I know that the fluid is very dangerously low. At any rate, they are trying to get the baby to 4 pounds, but it will almost definitely be delivered via c-section within the next 2 weeks. (She does not dilate and nearly died during her first birth - which was an emergency c/s.)
So I asked her if they were giving her steroid injections to help mature the baby's lungs, since it will be born around 9 weeks early. She said that they were not, but that they would "give the baby medicine when it was born." I can only assume surfactant? Anyway, she doesn't know why they are choosing this route, and I wanted to know if you knew a reason why steroid shots wouldn't be given if they KNOW the baby will be born so early? Also, do you know what level of support a 31-weeker is likely to need?
Please note that I promise not to take your thoughts on this as "medical advice" in place of a doctor's care, etc. It's just that SIL doesn't seem to ask all of these questions, and I am going to see her - it would be nice if I had some education on what she might be able to expect here.
Thank you so much, and sorry to go OT on the board!