Moms never cease to amaze me. Our power, the strength we have and our innate willingness to do whatever it takes to ensure our kids arrive into this world as healthy as possible. 29 year old Donna Kelly is no exception as she proves just how dedicated she is with her latest pregnancy.
Donna spent three months upside down; 24 hours a day only getting up to use the washroom. To the left is her pictured sitting on the hospital bed she lay in for over 90 days. Her head was placed where she is sitting and the bed tilted to keep her feet above her head.
When Donna was 5 months pregnant, she was warned that she was at high risk for miscarriage because of her diagnosed weak cervix. After the birth of her first child four years ago, it is thought that her cervix was permanently weakened which resulted in two second trimester miscarriages at 23 and 19 weeks. Attempts to stitch the neck of her cervix and strengthen it using hormones were not successful.
Under the care of world-known expert on recurrent miscarriage Professor Siobhan Quenby, a consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist – Donna agreed to spend 24 hours a day in a hospital bed which was tilted upward to reduce pressure on her cervix and keep her feet above her head. She ate all her meals in bed, drank, watched tv all in the upside down position.
“I was surprised when she told me to lie in bed at a tilt but I was ready to give anything a try. It made me feel sick and I had a massive head rush at first but after a couple of days my body adjusted and I soon got used to it. It could be boring at times but I knew it wouldn’t be as painful as losing my baby,” said Donna.
She gave birth to Amelia, weighing 4lbs 15ozs, six weeks prematurely by emergency caesarean after her waters broke in late August. The baby spent only two weeks in the NICU before being allowed home.
Professor Quenby said that Donna’s condition is “rare – second trimester miscarriages only occur in about 0.5 per cent of women – and while the treatment may sound strange, it is very effective. We are currently undertaking research at University Hospital to replace this with something more pleasant for the patient which doesn’t rely on them staying in hospital.”
:: Would you be able to spend 3 months with your feet above your head in the hospital for the heath of your child? ::
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