14. Sometimes The Womb Is Not The Safest Place for a Developing Baby
Pregnant mothers are always worried about what they’re putting into their bodies, as it could harm their developing babies. But what they may not consider is that within the amniotic sac, a baby is dealing with secret battles of its own. Even though the sac is filled with fluid that is supposed to protect and provide nutrients to a baby, there are other things present that can end up damaging a child. That’s what FocusInTheNow had to deal with when they were in the delivery room with a pregnant woman.
“30-year-old African-American in active labor with about five family members around her. I am the pediatrician at the bedside, waiting for the baby to come out so I can examine him. He comes out, and all of his poor little distal limbs are severely disfigured or missing digits. It turns out he had intrauterine amniotic banding. Pieces of the amniotic sack get wrapped around limbs and digits. This causes strangulation of the blood flow and prevents development. The worst thing I have ever seen and has one in 1 million chance of happening. But mom took him in her arms and loved him all night long as if nothing was different about him.”