Fetal death after maternal death - page 3

How long does it take for a fetus to die after the mother dies?... Read More

  1. by   rhondanruss
    I am in Nursing 124/125 (OB) and my teacher just told us Wednesday that you have about 20 minutes after mom dies to save the baby, hope this helps!
  2. by   mugwump
    Not to go against your instructer but I think it is a lot less than 20 minutes. (I guess it depends on if CPR is being done) however the body will shunt blood away from the uterus since it is not a vital organ. At our hospital we code out mom for 4 minutes then prepare for a perimortem C-section "alive in five" We have actually had to do it at least once in the 8 years I've worked where I worked. (not fun in the least)
  3. by   Spritenurse1210
    I was one of the babies who they did an emergency c section on. mom was bleeding out and i had a nucal cord. we both survived.
  4. by   Kiwimid
    wow!!! thats amazing!!! jess....
  5. by   OzMW
    Quote from mugwump
    Not to go against your instructer but I think it is a lot less than 20 minutes. (I guess it depends on if CPR is being done) however the body will shunt blood away from the uterus since it is not a vital organ. At our hospital we code out mom for 4 minutes then prepare for a perimortem C-section "alive in five" We have actually had to do it at least once in the 8 years I've worked where I worked. (not fun in the least)
    Yer I thought it was 5 minutes...not just for the baby but for the mum to improve circulation with CPR. 20 minutes the kid would be long gone.Think about a kid during cord prolapse where there is partial cord occlusion - 20 mintues is pushing it it that situation. 20 minutes with circulation only from CPR, no hope.
  6. by   Tippy-ta-ta
    when I worked in ICU we had a very large obese patient who had gone into DKA and a coma. She coded twice right after admission in to the ICU. They intubated and called x-ray for the chest x-ray, x-ray called back wanting to know why noone told them the patient was preg. NO ONE KNEW, not even the womans husband. We called L&D to get FHT and she was in active labor, baby was full term. The ICU nurses and the L&D Nurses delivered the baby girl in the ICU while mom was intubated and in a coma. Baby girl was remarkably healthy and mom made a full recovery apparently she wasn't even aware that she was pregnant. She was in her early 40's.
  7. by   justme1972
    Quote from mindyg22
    They put the baby in an oven? What kind of oven?
    This was a very common practice during home births where there wasn't a doctor for miles and miles, especially during the earlier part of the century when most people didn't have cars and a hospital, if you didn't have money, flat out, would kick you out to die.

    They used to warm blankets in ovens, wrap the babies. The old iron ovens did have accurate temperature gauges on them.

    Another trick was warming either stones or bricks, and putting them under the mattresses.

    Elderly people would warm a brick, wrap it in a towel and put it at their feet at night to prevent frostbite.

    My father used to tell me about stories of the water being so cold when he got up IN THE KITCHEN that he would have to break the ice on the end of the pump, when it was indoors. The house he had as a kid did not have modern plumbing.

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