I had my daughter, Ryleigh Jane, on April 11, 2016.

Her due date.

My water broke naturally, I had an epidural and was in labor for 8 hours.

I was a healthy 21-year-old, it was my first pregnancy and first child.

Ryleigh was healthy, 7lb 3oz.

When the doctor went to deliver my placenta, she couldn’t. She realized it had grown INTO my uterus, causing what’s called Placenta Accreta.

I was rushed into an emergency hysterectomy where I received 8 blood transfusions and woke up seven hours later in the ICU, intubated and on a respirator.

My case is a 1 in 10,000 chance of happening. I had zero risk factors. I had zero bleeds during pregnancy. Zero complications. But Placenta Accreta is something that is NEVER spoken about until it’s happening to you.

Placenta Accreta has three levels. Accreta, Percreta, and Increta.

The stages move from growing into the first layer of the uterus, to the second layer, to all the way through and attaching to the closest organ (typically the bladder).

Risks for any of these is:
1) previous pregnancies or miscarriages.
2) scarring in the uterus caused by endometriosis, PCOS or previous uterine surgeries.
3) multiple c-sections
4) over the age of 30
And more.

The only reason I mention my story and this information is because I’ve seen an influx of women mentioning their c-sections (elective or necessary) and this is in NO WAY judging others for their choices.

Baby and mothers safety and comfort is for sure #1. But since this condition is never mentioned, I feel as a survivor with all of this knowledge, I should pass the info on to others who may not know.

Know your birth options.

Have all of the information you need to know what is good for you and baby.

Do what you need to do, but be informed.

I love this page [BirthTUBE,] it has truly helped me to become more at peace with my situation and my remaining mental health struggles.


Shared by BirthTUBE Member: Samantha

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