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Whether C section delivery is essential when spine has been rodded

By Anonymous July 18, 2018 - 2:53am
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My daughter in law is due to be delivered of her child on 21/08/18. When she was about 12 she had a rod inserted in her scoliosis affected spine. She is a small person 5ft 2 in. I gather she cannot have an epidural. She was hopeful of delivery in a birthing pool. My fear is that normal delivery might adversely affect her spinal health/ break the rod or adversely affect her or the child.Are my fears groundless? I am hesitant to interfere or be perceived to be interfering but I worry .

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Hello Anon

Thank you for writing and for looking out for your daughter.

Unfortunately we cannot answer this question. Her OB/GYN, who has her medical history, as well as possibly talking to a spine specialist, will need to do an in-depth evaluation to see what the safest form of delivery is.

Some women with a fused spine do give birth naturally, although pushing can be hard, based on their lack of dexterity. A water birth could help with pain and ease of motion but as you said, it isn't likely an epidural can be used.

Ultimately it's your daughters decision but I don't think you'll be considered an interfering mother if you voice your concerns gently. She is soon to know the worries of parenting as well as the joys, and you've had a lot of experience so far. Just make sure she knows you're looking out for her.

July 18, 2018 - 6:06am
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