Quick Thinking - The Directory Group

Quick thinking

A diabetic midwife from Cosham’s Queen Alexandra Hospital played a vital role in saving the life of an unborn child.

Nikki Legg, 29, from Waterlooville, had never heard of a baby having a stroke in the womb before, but thanks to her close relationship with midwife Ann Going, her baby was saved.

“I have been Type 1 diabetic since I was a child so when myself and my husband decided to try for a baby I met regularly with diabetic midwife Ann at Portsmouth Hospitals who monitored, my blood sugar level to ensure it was at the correct level before conceiving,” Nikki explained.

“After three months I was ecstatic that we could finally start trying, and less than a month later we were elated with the news of my pregnancy.”

Ann monitored Nikki’s pregnancy throughout, and because Nikki’s baby was growing at a faster than typical rate, she underwent monthly scans.

At 37 weeks, and just two days after having a scan that showed the baby was fine, Nikki couldn’t feel her baby move so went to QA Hospital for an emergency scan.

Throughout the scan, Ann decided to check on Nikki, and when she did was not happy with the baby’s lack of movement.

Nikki explained: “Anne and the midwife were putting me into different positions to see if the baby would move but nothing seemed to work and the next thing I knew Anne was ringing around booking me in for an emergency C-section!”

Baby Jameson was born 20 minutes after arriving into theatre weighing a whopping 10lb 1oz, but was incredibly unwell and was not breathing. He was taken to the neonatal unit, where he remained for a fortnight.

Two weeks later and it was revealed that when in the womb baby Jameson had endured a bleed on his brain which caused a stroke. It is believed that the stroke could have been caused from a lack of blood flow through the placenta because of Jameson’s large size. The stroke had nothing to do with Nikki’s diabetes.

Jameson is now aged three, has part cerebral palsy and walks with a frame, but despite the odds is thriving in life.

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