Mum who was 'seconds from death' lost THREE LITRES of blood after giving birth

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A Scottish mum almost died just hours after giving birth when she lost three litres of blood – after suffering a postpartum haemorrhage.

Lisa Campbell, 32, couldn’t wait to be a mum after enjoying a happy pregnancy .

But after welcoming her Dylan to the world, with partner James Clougherty, 28 – she was ‘seconds of death’.

Lisa fell ill after her womb failed to contract as it should and started drifting in and out of consciousness.

Lisa fell ill after her womb failed to contract as it should

She had to have life-saving blood transfusion at Glasgow’s Queen Elizabeth University maternity hospital .

Lisa from Clydeband, West Dunbartonshire said: “I heard this gushing of water and thought it might be the gas and air.

“I remember saying, someone needs to take Dylan, I don’t feel right.

“Dylan was given to James and the next thing I knew the room was full of people.

“I had an oxygen mask on and it’s very blurry but I remember turning around and saying to him, OK? He motioned to me that they were okay.

“I turned back and remember thinking don’t close your eyes Lisa or you won’t wake up.

“I don’t know how long I was there but after a while the room started to empty and I had got Dylan back.

“They started to pick the sheets out of the bin and I noticed the blood but I thought it was normal.”

Once a baby is delivered, the uterus normally continues to contract and expels the placenta.

She almost died after giving birth to her son Dylan

 

After the placenta is delivered, these contractions help compress the bleeding vessels in the area where the placenta was attached.

If the uterus does not contract strongly enough, these blood vessels bleed freely and haemorrhage occurs.

Speaking of her blood transfusion, Lisa said: “When my placenta came out, my uterus didn’t contract back, so my body continued to flush blood out as if the baby was still inside.

“One of the doctors had noticed the emergency bell was going and got help.

“I was told if she hadn’t appeared or another emergency happened, I wouldn’t be here.

Lisa had to have life-saving blood transfusion at Glasgow’s Queen Elizabeth University maternity hospital

“Apparently what happened was rare but the care I got was amazing from start to finish – I can’t thank them enough.”

Lisa was ten days overdue when she began to notice a lack of movement from baby Dylan and was taken to hospital to be induced.

She said: “My pregnancy went amazing, I felt brilliant.

“I couldn’t wait for labour.

“I work in Glasgow Pram Centre and the customers were like, ‘what?’ but I was so excited.

“He was due on April 16 but ten days later on the 26 I was at the dentist and there had been a lack of movement so I called the hospital and they said they were going to induce me.”

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Lisa spoke ahead of National Birth Trauma Awareness Week, which runs until July 14.

After the birth of Dylan, now aged two, Lisa was left tearful and suffering from post traumatic stress syndrome.

The Birth Trauma Association estimates a third of mothers experience some kind of traumatic response to childbirth.

Lisa, who got help from the hospital’s on-site counselling service, said: “I had been getting very upset because I was thinking I might not have been here to give him his bottle.”

Kim Thomas, of The Birth Trauma Association, said many women find it difficult to have their birth trauma recognised by health professionals.

She said: “Each year we are contacted by hundreds of women who have had a traumatic birth and are experiencing post traumatic stress disorder.

“Many of them have found it difficult to get their condition recognised by health professionals.

“We would love to see much better diagnosis and treatment of a condition that can have a devastating impact on women’s lives.”



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