Mother, 24, gives birth to baby boy TEN WEEKS after her waters broke
- Lauren Middleton, from Leeds, was shocked when she felt water flow for 26 weeks
- Normally this indicates that the baby is coming, but doctors decided to postpone birth
- She was followed closely until she finally gave birth to baby Archie after 35 weeks
A mother gave birth to a & # 39; miracle & # 39; baby boy ten weeks after her waters first broke.
Lauren Middleton was startled after feeling a stream of water when she got up to go to the toilet while she was 26 weeks pregnant.
The 24-year-old was rushed to the hospital, where doctors told her that her waters had broken and she was preparing to give birth early.
But experts decided to postpone birth as long as possible to give the baby time to grow.
Lauren Middleton was startled after feeling a stream of water when she got up to go to the toilet while she was 26 weeks pregnant
The 24-year-old was rushed to the hospital, where doctors told her that her waters had broken and she was preparing to give birth early. On the photo: Little Archie after being home last week
Experts made the unusual decision to postpone birth for as long as possible to give Archie (pictured at home) time to grow
Under normal circumstances, the moment that a woman's water breaks indicates that the baby is on its way.
But a woman's water may break early and not be followed by childbirth – a condition known as premature membrane rupture or premature PROM.
The rare condition, which affects 3 percent of pregnancies, causes the amniotic fluid to flow out of the womb.
After spending three days in the hospital, Middleton, from Leeds, West Yorkshire, was sent home.
Mrs. Middleton suffered from a condition known as premature pre-lab rupture of membranes, or premature PROM
The rare condition, which affects 3 percent of pregnancies, causes the amniotic fluid to flow out of the womb
From then on she had to go to the Leeds General Infirmary maternity ward (LGI) twice a week for checks.
WHAT IS PRETERM PRELABOUR RUPTURE OF MEMBRANES?
Premature prelabour rupture of the membranes occurs in expectant mothers who are less than 37 weeks pregnant.
Most women will give birth spontaneously within 24 hours of tearing their membranes.
But six percent of women do not give birth within 96 hours.
The earlier in the pregnancy the fracture occurs, the less likely it is that the start of delivery will be within a specified period.
The condition affects six to 19 percent of pregnancies and occurs in two percent of all pregnancies.
The condition is associated with 40 percent of premature deliveries and can lead to high morbidity and mortality.
Risk factors for the disorder include:
An expectant mother can describe the feeling of a & # 39; popping feeling & # 39; of a & # 39; flow & # 39; with continuous aqueous liquid discharge.
A woman will be hospitalized immediately and in many cases admitted for at least 48 hours.
In most cases, delivery must be considered after 34 weeks.
It is recommended that women diagnosed with PPROM not exceed 96 hours after their membrane has ruptured. The risk of maternal and fetal infection increases the longer the time between membrane breakage and the start of delivery.
She said: “I was so shocked, I really didn't think my water was broken. I was really scared when I heard it, because it was so early in the pregnancy and my baby was so small.
& # 39; I knew immediately that he was in serious danger. It was an incredibly stressful situation because I was worried about the health of the baby all the time.
& # 39; I was constantly in and out of the hospital, having so many checks is not normal, but I knew it was vital for the baby. & # 39;
Tests performed after 34 weeks showed that the mother was healthy and her amniotic fluid had replenished herself.
Doctors decided to leave her for 37 weeks, which is considered a full term.
But just a week later, in week 35, Mrs. Middleton started a contract at home and was rushed to St James & # 39; s Hospital in Leeds.
In the end baby Archie was born after 9 pm with a weight of 6lb 4oz at 9 pm on October 18.
But her joy was short-lived, because an hour later Archie was rushed to neo-natal intensive care after he had difficulty breathing.
& # 39; One moment we had hugs and everything was fine and the next moment he was gone, & # 39; said the mother.
The newborn was diagnosed with pneumonia and then sepsis, so that his destroyed parents were not sure if he would survive.
Fortunately Archie has received a quick treatment and an antibiotic cure and has now gone home for the first time.
The mother added: & # 39; The NHS has been incredible, I cannot thank them enough.
& # 39; If it had not been for their great work, who knows what would have happened to Archie. I really like all the nurses, they are more family now. & # 39;
After coming home last Friday, Archie met dozens of family members, including grandparents and aunts and uncles.
He is also lovingly cared for by his big sister Ruby, who is three.
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