Jump to content

my epidural fell out towards the end of labour
anyone had this happen to them?


12 replies to this topic

#1 Guest_Marquise_*

Posted 10 February 2013 - 08:34 PM

it happened when i had about an hour of intense labour to go, and then an hour of pushing.
after i had been begging for someone to come and look at it, because I thought it was wearing off.
they told me I must be imagining it. It was pretty horrific.

never heard of it happening before.

#2 Soontobegran

Posted 10 February 2013 - 09:06 PM

It happens very rarely if the tubing isn't taped properly. I am sorry they didn't bother looking to check it when you complained of pain...that is poor form. sad.gif

#3 MissM86

Posted 13 February 2013 - 07:36 PM

Yep, happened to me. It worked for about two hours then the bung fell away from the tube connected to the medicine bag. I told the midwives that I could feel pain but I left it too late to tell anyone- being my first birth and first epidural I thought this was 'meant to happen' so I could push! In fact, the midwives noticed me squirming and writhing and asked what was wrong and how come I was moving my legs!

All in all, I just got on with the birth and looked at the bright side of the (unexpectedly painful) picture- I could push baby out with no assistance. Anaethetist apologised the next day, as did the midwives and I was not charged for it (private hospital). It didnt bother me too much and I looked at it as 'just one of those things'!

#4 Mrs Dinosaurus

Posted 13 February 2013 - 07:45 PM

Oh my God that would be bad. Surely they thought the fact you were in ANY pain was worth checking?

I'm so sorry.

STBG - do you still work at the mercy?  (No I don't want to make a complaint or ask if you remember me - a family member recently started working there that's all original.gif)

#5 muggins_00

Posted 13 February 2013 - 07:48 PM

Yep happened to me. About 4 hours or so after getting it for DS1 it slipped out of position. It slowly wore off and I was telling the midwife but she kept telling to keep pushing the button thingy for extra doses. Eventually they worked out it was out and offered to put another in but I refused. DS1 was born about 4-6 hours later.

#6 1&Twins

Posted 13 February 2013 - 07:53 PM

It happened to me too.  I was happy for it to wear off a little to feel the contractions but not that much!!!  I pushed for a full 2 hours and when I got up to have a shower the midwife said, "Well that explains why you were struggling with pain a the end... your epidural fell out".  blink.gif

I'm sure the edge was taken off but boy it hurt and I knew something was wrong as nothing happened when they topped me up.

ETA: I should've asked the anesthetist for a refund!

Edited by ~ Lucy's Mum ~, 13 February 2013 - 07:56 PM.


#7 busy_bee

Posted 13 February 2013 - 08:01 PM

Mine came out too.....luckily wasn't at the pushing stage.

I asked them to check - several times to no avail.
Reminded them that I was one of the hospital's ICU doctors (and look after all the post op epidurals) and had done some anaesthetics myself and this wasn't normal.
So they checked - there appeared to be some leaking but they decided that it was just because I was sweaty!!! Never mind the fact the distance of the skin had changed.

I made DH ring the obstetrician and the anaesthetist himself and all was sorted quickly with a new epidural

#8 busy_bee

Posted 13 February 2013 - 08:01 PM

edited - double post

Edited by busy_bee, 13 February 2013 - 08:01 PM.


#9 mandala

Posted 13 February 2013 - 08:02 PM

I'm very sorry to hear that happened to you.

Mine didn't fall out - it just didn't work properly! It was definitely in there, because I felt a small decrease in the amount of pain when I had two bolus doses, but I still felt all of the contractions through two hours of pushing, episiotomy, forceps, MROP and stitches. I shudder to think what it would have been like without the epidural. I guess I was just unlucky!

I spoke with a midwife friend after the birth and she said that epidurals not working happened more often than you'd think.

#10 Soontobegran

Posted 14 February 2013 - 07:02 PM

QUOTE (Dinosaurus @ 13/02/2013, 08:45 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
STBG - do you still work at the mercy?  (No I don't want to make a complaint or ask if you remember me - a family member recently started working there that's all original.gif)


Sadly I have had to retire due to medical issues....I miss it very much sad.gif

#11 Gumbette

Posted 14 February 2013 - 07:51 PM

That's awful, especially if you knew something was wrong and they just ignored you.

My anaesthetist  made sure this wasn't happening on his watch, he used a heap of tape plus a massive sticky sheet which covered 1/2 my back - I pretty much got a back wax when the midwives took it off after the labour.

#12 07gbam

Posted 15 February 2013 - 07:35 PM

Nope. But it stopped working. Ouch.

#13 SpaghettiMonster

Posted 23 February 2013 - 08:10 AM

Happened to me because the midwife insisted I try a position on all fours (with her and DH's help). It obviously got pulled out with all the jostling about and meant only half of me was numb. Cost me my VBAC.



Reply to this topic



  


0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

The popular baby name from the Rio Olympics

"With a pair of athletes who are not only successful, but seen as great role models – combined with a softer sound – it is like hitting the jackpot."

Toy stuck in baby's throat for two weeks

When Jude Atiga's baby son Laith was struggling to breathe the worried mum called an ambulance.

Mum awarded $20 million over birth power struggle with nurses

As a mother of three, Caroline Malatesta thought she knew what she was letting herself in for when it came to the birth of her fourth baby.

Win a Baby Jogger City Premier for Father's Day

To celebrate Father's Day, one lucky EB fan will win one of their own! Enter Now!

'There's a giant picture of BOOBS but I can not feed my child'

A mum was ushered out of an US department store's underwear section after discreetly breastfeeding her baby.

Why fatherhood scares many dads-to-be

Travis Bull vividly remembers discovering his partner was pregnant for the first time.

Free ticket offer

Pinky Mckay joins us again at the Essential Baby & Toddler Show presented by Blackmores with her expert baby settling advice. Register now for your free ticket.

Warning for pregnant women as flu-related deaths triple

A more than three-fold increase in flu-related deaths has sparked a plea for those with the flu to stay away from vulnerable people.

I'm trying to keep my child-free friends in my life, but it's tough

I tried to prove to my single friends that I was the same I'd always been. But marriage did change me - and motherhood has, too

For the festival lover in all of us

Pre-book & Save 50%. Get your tickets now for Kidtopia Festival. 7-9 October 2016 Parramatta Park, Sydney.

Too many parents still putting babies in unsafe bedding: study

A study found that a whopping 91 per cent of four-week-old babies had been placed in cots with unsafe bedding.

Mum's shock as toddler fat-shamed by internet trolls

When a mother uploaded a cute photograph of her 14-month old child online, she did not expect a swarm of internet trolls to write that her toddler was fat.

How an Aldi staff member made one exhausted mum's day

It was a simple act of kindness, but one that made an exhausted mother's day.

The most awww-worthy celeb baby pics of the week

It's been a pretty cute week on Instagram in terms of celebs relishing their babies.

When 'Just Do It' just doesn't cut it

When even Michelle Bridges admits to struggling with her exercise regime, it's time to accept that having small children can be a legitimate reason for exercise not happening.

What life is really like when you have five kids

Life is cute with one, manageable with three, but at times completely impossible with five.

When no one can pronounce your baby's name

In Wales it's a common name, but over here, it's cause for some confusion.

Dad shares horror tale after Roomba's run-in with dog poop

It's the poop story that's been shared hundreds of thousands of times around the world.

How a homemade wheelchair is giving baby Evelyn freedom

Like all one-year-olds, Evelyn Moore is keen to get moving and explore the world around her. But a battle with aggressive cancer left the little girl paralysed from the waist down.

Single to double pram that folds with seat attached

A pram is a large purchase, and you only want to buy once.

Mum-to-be surprises husband with big news in joy-filled photoshoot

When Bri Dow learnt that she was expecting, she immediately knew she wanted to break the news to her husband Brandon in a special way.

Blake Lively: 'Post-pregnancy slim down pressure is so unfair'

Blake Lively has urged women not to feel pressured to lose weight after pregnancy.

 
Advertisement
 

Top 5 Articles

Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

For the festival lover in all of us

Pre-book & Save 50%. Get your tickets now for Kidtopia Festival. 7-9 October 2016 Parramatta Park, Sydney.

Why drinking water can be deadly for babies

H2O is one of the necessities of life, but for babies a seemingly harmless amount of water can be fatal.

5 ways having a baby is different when you have older children

So much parenting advice is geared towards having your first baby, but what's it like having a baby when you already have children?

You can now make your own plush Falkor

Fans of The NeverEnding Story – of which there are certainly plenty – went crazy for these plush Falkors when they first went on sale last year.

Baby steps

10 things that will actually happen after having a baby

I thought I had prepared myself for motherhood. Then my baby girl arrived and knocked everything flat.

Having a baby: expectations vs reality

People love to warn you about what to expect when having a baby, but they can be way off when it comes to the reality.

Are we having fun yet? Thinking positively as a parent

Motherhood is wonderful ... except when it sucks.

The adorable smile of a baby seeing his mum clearly for the first time

There is no doubt seeing their child smile for the first time is an unforgettable moment for parents everywhere.

When breastfeeding doesn't go with the flow

Breast is best, except when it's not. And in our case, it most definitely wasn't.

'If you don't vaccinate your kids you're a bloody idiot'

The photos are heartbreaking and almost too difficult to look at, but Kayley Burke is begging other parents to take notice.

Why pregnant women should eat chocolate

In news that will make expectant mums jump for joy - and reach for a block of Cadbury - scientists have revealed chocolate could provide health benefits during pregnancy.

The baby born with an incredible head of hair

If you're in any way challenged in the follicle department, prepare to feel a jolt of envy - at a two-month-old baby.

The push for Medicare to fund lactation consultants

While meeting with a lactation consultant can make an enormous difference to a new mother, it's not a service that is available through the public health system.

Parents, this is how to cut grapes to avoid choking

One mum has learnt a harrowing lesson about the best way to cut grapes to make it safe for toddlers and little kids to eat.

Three truths about C-section mums

Lately I've been thinking about the caesarean stories and the brave women who birth their children with strength and beauty.

Help! My baby will only sleep in my arms

It's stressful to be the one who is holding your baby most of the day, but it's even more stressful to wonder, 'am I doing something wrong? Or am I creating bad habits?'

 

ENTER NOW

Win one of two Father's Day Gift Packs

Sign up to receive our new Essential Kids announcements emails for a chance to win.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.