Television personality Kim Kardashian West has given birth to a baby boy, Saint West, weighting 8lbs 1oz at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center on December 5, 2015 in a normal position after having External Cephalic Version Procedure. She announced the name of her and Kanye’s baby on December 7, 2015, taking their time to decide the name for their baby which they finally did. She tweeted : “SAINT WEST”, on Monday, at 12:13p.m. The pair already have a 2 year daughter together, North West who was born in 2013. According to TMZ, Kanye’s wife, suffered from placenta accreta when giving birth to Saint. Placenta accreta, is a serious life-threatening condition that occurs when the placenta is attached to the uterus deeply which can cause blood loss. It took the doctors 2 long hours to deal with the placenta issue. The reality star is said to be recovering after the most painful birth ever. For such case, C-Section is mostly advised.
Besides Kim Kardashian, another celebrity to have suffered from Placenta Accreta is Amanda Holden which almost cost her her life. English actress Amanda Holden almost died giving birth birth to her daughter Hollie Rose Hughes on January 23, 2012. Amanda lost 13 – 15 litres of blood after giving birth, and her heart had reportedly stopped for 40 seconds. The more blood she received, the more blood she kept losing. She suffered from placenta accreta and placenta previa. Her placenta was stuck to the scar of the Caesarean from the previous two births. After going through all that, she decided not to have any more kids.
In July 1999, mother of three children Ana-Maria Chammas then 33, had died from Placenta accetra after losing a lot of blood. She remained unconcious after the surgery and never woke up again and 4 weeks later she was pronounced dead. Her children had sued the Health service hospital for their negligent care and treatment.
Causes of Placenta Accreta
-Through previous C-Section surgery (The possibility of the uterus being attached to the C-section scar). It can be related to Placenta previa.
-Concern for the mother hemorrhaging which can be life threatening
-Premature delivery of the baby
-Age of Maternal
-Uterine conditions and former Uterine surgery
-Heavy bleeding of the vagina
Sadly, there’s no way be prevented. For treatment, little can be done like once the condition has been diagnosed. The hospital can monitor the pregnancy of the patient, so that the delivery can be scheduled and a surgery that may end up sparing the uterus. Hysterectomy may be needed.
Hysterectomy is the surgical removal of the womb (uterus). After the surgery, the patient will never become pregnant again.
External Cephalic Version (ECV) is a very painful procedure used to turn a fetus of a pregnant woman from a breech position or side-lying position into a head-down position just before labor begins. Once this procedure is successful, then only it makes it possible for the pregnant woman to give a vaginal birth. As for Kim’s case during the procedure : “She was given an IV with medication to relax her uterus, but not pain medication, before the 3 doctors tried to work together to turn her baby”. First ECV procedure took place, and after that she suffered from Placenta Accreta during delivery. ECV is usually done within 37 weeks of pregnancy.
Risks of ECV
-Squeezing or Twisting of an Umbilical cord
-Damaging of the Umbilical cord
-Severe maternal discomfort
-Rupture of membranes
-If child or mother faces a problem then an Emergency C-Section is done