A mother-of-one has vowed to never have children again after her epidural ‘wore off’ midway through a C-section – leaving her in excruciating pain as she felt doctors ‘pull her stomach apart’.
Jodie Marsden, 27, from Wakefield, West Yorkshire, was rushed in for an emergency C-section on Friday 13 last month after two days of labour because her heart rate had started to dip with each contraction.
Doctors gave the dog groomer an epidural, pain relief injected into the spine, to mask her discomfort, which initially worked, but she said that it gradually started to lose its effectiveness.
By the time Jodie realised what was going on, she was in so much agony that her terrified screams came out as whispers.
Despite the traumatic experience, Jodie gave birth to a healthy little boy, Arthur George Marsden, weighing 6lb 12oz.
Jodie Marsden (pictured with husband Matt and their son Arthur), 27, of Wakefield, has vowed to never have children again after her epidural wore off midway through a C-section
Jodie (pictured with Matt) was rushed in for an emergency C-section on Friday 13 last month after two days of labour because her heart had started to dip with each contraction
Speaking to Fabulous Digital, Jodie said: ‘The whole experience was absolutely terrifying and I am totally traumatised from the birth. I’m never having another baby ever again, that’s for sure.
‘It was agony. I could feel them actually pulling my stomach apart as they were ripping the muscles. I was in extreme pain.
‘It felt like I was screaming, but my partner said it was only coming out as a whisper. Luckily the doctors could see I was uncomfortable.’
Jodie and husband Matt, 34, first fell pregnant after their wedding in September 2018 – but the mother miscarried at seven weeks.
Following their first Christmas as a married couple, the duo found out they were expecting again.
Doctors gave the dog groomer an epidural, a pain relief injected into the spine, to mask the extreme discomfort – but it gradually started to lose its effectiveness. Pictured: Baby Arthur
By the time Jodie realised what was going on, she was in so much agony that her terrified screams came out as whispers. Pictured: Baby Arthur (left) with his father, right
But in the last six weeks of her pregnancy, Jodie developed hypertension (high blood pressure) and was induced and given an epidural at Pinderfields Hospital, Wakefield, on her due date September 11.
She was rushed for an emergency C-section after Arthur’s blood pressure also dropped dangerously low.
Despite numerous checks to ensure she was numb before the procedure, the epidural stopped working during surgery.
Medics rushed to give Jodie more pain relief medication after noticing her discomfort but she ‘could still feel them inside her body’.
Fearing she might suffer a stroke or heart attack due to her dangerously high blood pressure, doctors were forced to put the dog groomer under general anaesthetic after she gave birth.
After being monitored for 16 hours, Jodie finally got to hold her son the day after his birth and is now continuing her recovery at home.
Despite the traumatic experience, Jodie (pictured with her husband) gave birth to a healthy little boy, Arthur George Marsden, weighing 6lb 12oz
Despite loving Arthur very much and enjoying being a mother, Jodie said she has no plans for more children after her ‘nightmare’ experience.
Pinderfields Hospital couldn’t comment on individual cases, but offered some clinical background information.
A spokesperson said: ‘During a c-section under local anaesthetic we advise women they will feel some pressure during the surgery.
‘If a woman complains of pain, the surgery is stopped and analgesia (such as Morphine or diamorphine) is given. Anaesthetists cannot administer a spinal block during a c-section but they can top up the epidural.
‘If a woman is still not comfortable at this point they will be given a general anaesthetic, however the priority is to get the baby delivered if the uterus is open and cord exposed.
‘Where mothers have raised blood pressure it is normal that they would be monitored closely for 12 or more hours following surgery.’