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Mike

Although Mike's wife (Joanna - Interview 07) had caesarean with her first baby, they were advised she could try for a natural birth. Jo went into labour at home, 9 days overdue. A searing pain developed. She had had a uterine rupture which was undiscovered. Their baby died in utero.

  • Background

    Mike is a police officer, married with one daughter. His wife was expecting their second daughter. White British.

  • Age at interview 34
  • Sex/Gender Male
  • Hannah

    Hannah had an emergency caesarean section with her first child, who was five. She needed an emergency c-section to deliver her second child. Complications, including a uterine rupture, lead to a haemorrhage and surgery. She spent several days in ITU and HDU before being reunited with her baby.

  • Background

    Hannah, a 34 year old editor, is married with two children. White British.

  • Age at interview 36
  • Sex/Gender Female
  • Lisa

    Lisa's was a high risk pregnancy due to osteogenisis imperfecta and symphysis pubis dysfunction. After a long labour her baby was born safely, but she then started to haemorrhage. Doctors were unable to stop the bleeding and performed an emergency hysterectomy to save Lisa's life.

  • Background

    Lisa, a 35 year old instrument maker, with one child. She lived with her partner. White British.

  • Age at interview 36
  • Sex/Gender Female
  • John

    John's partner (Lisa - Interview 03) had a high-risk pregnancy. After a long labour, their baby daughter was born safely, but Lisa then haemorrhaged. Doctors were unable to stop the bleeding and had to perform an emergency hysterectomy to save her life.

  • Background

    John, a postal worker, has one daughter with his partner. White British.

  • Age at interview 41
  • Sex/Gender Male
  • Alison

    Alison had a very straightforward pregnancy with her first child. She had an emergency caesarean, and her son was born healthy and strong. However, Alison haemorrhaged as her uterus refused to contract. The doctors were forced to perform a hysterectomy to save Alison's life.

  • Background

    Alison is an accountant, married with one son. White British.

  • Age at interview 32
  • Sex/Gender Female
  • Joanna

    Joanna's first daughter was delivered by caesarean and she was told she could try a vaginal birth after caesarean (VBAC). She went into labour at home, 9 days overdue. She had a uterine rupture which was undiscovered. Her baby died in utero and was delivered during surgery to stop the haemorrhage.

  • Background

    Joanna is a medical sales representative, married with one daughter. This was her second pregnancy. White British.

  • Age at interview 32
  • Sex/Gender Female
  • Jo

    Jo was expecting her first child. Three weeks before her due date she started to bleed and called an ambulance. She had suffered a placental abruption. On arrival at hospital she had an emergency caesarian to deliver her son.

  • Background

    Jo is a teacher, married with two children. White British.

  • Age at interview 34
  • Sex/Gender Female
  • Rob

    At 32 weeks through her third pregnancy, Rob's wife was diagnosed with placenta praevia and was hospitalized for the rest of her pregnancy. During a planned caesarean Rob's wife haemorrhaged and doctors performed a hysterectomy to save her life. Their baby was taken into special care.

  • Background

    Rob is now a house-husband, and lives with his wife and three daughters. White British.

  • Age at interview 34
  • Sex/Gender Male
  • Karen

    Karen was expecting her second son. After a healthy pregnancy she went into labour, two weeks overdue. When the baby's heartbeat became irregular doctors performed an emergency caesarean. Karen started to haemorrhage. Doctors were unable to stop the bleeding and finally decided a hysterectomy was necessary.

  • Background

    Karen is married with two sons, one now a teenager. White British.

  • Age at interview 44
  • Sex/Gender Female