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Re: [IPk] pregnant pumping

PS if you are not happy make an appointment with the delivery suite manager 
and take your husband with you and explain why you are not happy etc it may 
help them re-write the policy Carmel

>From: "Rod Protheroe" <email @ redacted>
>Reply-To: email @ redacted
>To: <email @ redacted>
>Subject: [IPk] pregnant pumping
>Date: Mon, 10 Dec 2001 22:07:09 -0000
>Please help!
>I'm 29 weeks pregnant with my 3rd child and have been on a minimed pump 
>March 2001. So far I have had no severe hypos / DKA, no pregnancy
>complications and blood sugars have been well controlled (last HbA1c 4.6).
>Despite this, my hospital (Maidstone) seem determined to follow their 
>policy for diabetic mums (apparently I'm the first one to be on a pump) -
>1. labour to be induced at 38 weeks (though I have been told that the
>increased risk of stillbirth only starts after 40 weeks if sugars are well
>2. the pump to be removed for labour and a sliding scale insulin and 
>drip used instead, (the midwives have no experience of pumps though my 
>plans to be there to monitor my sugar and adjust rates as necessary)
>3. the baby to spend its first 24 hours away from me in a special-care unit
>for monitoring (I have been told that this policy is because they are short
>staffed on the postnatal ward, but surely they could do a heel prick every 
>hours when they check that I'm not going hypo? - it worked ok with my first 
>(born pre-policy) who didn't go hypo. Also I am hoping to start 
>every 3 hours rather than having to express.)
>I realise that things don't always go to plan and I would obviously put the
>baby's health before my wishes, but their policy seems a bit inflexible. So
>far some doctors and one of my DSNs agree with me and are trying to 
>others but it seems unlikely that they will succeed. Has anyone had similar
>experiences? Am I justified in challenging the hospital policy? - if so, 
>anyone any advice?
>Tessa Protheroe (email @ redacted)
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