The first time Olivia Bai came in she stood out among all the other patients. She had a great smile, a slender frame, and an enormous belly. Not only that, but she had walked, alone, for 8 hours to reach the clinic (and would be making the same trip back that same day). She said she was about 7 months pregnant, but her belly was measuring to be more like 38 weeks along. I asked her to come back the next week so our midwife could assess her. The following week Diana, our Midwife, examined her. By this time her belly was measuring between 39 and 40 weeks, which is term for a normal pregnancy. We knew something was off (Did she have too much fluid? Was it multiples?) but without an ultrasound we couldn’t determine what was going on, so we referred her to St. Francis.
It wasn’t multiples. Unfortunately she had Polyhydramnios (too much amniotic fluid), which often accompanies a condition called Fetal Hydrops. Fetal Hydrops has a poor prognosis. Olivia’s daughter did not survive.
This story, however, has a happy ending. About a year after we first met Olivia, she started coming back to the clinic again for… Prenatal Care!!
August 19th Olivia Bai gave birth to a healthy baby girl!