>>With our provider,
from the very beginning, we talked about the kind
of birth that we wanted. She said well, we have an option
of a low intervention protocol. That seemed to fit really
well with what our goals were. When we walked in,
when I was in labor, I thought this is
going to be perfect. This is going to be exactly
the experience that I want. I was in labor for
14-and-a half hours. I was exhausted. And we agreed something
had to change. Dr. Vaughan asked us we
can either try the vacuum or do a C-section. And I thought, you know, that’s
as bad as it’s going to get because we’re not going to have
a completely natural birth. And she’ll be fine but that
was what I thought was going to be the lowest of lows
and then it got much lower. We decided to do the vacuum. And she wasn’t going
anywhere so at that point her heart
rate dropped. And they were pretty
nervous about her status. So we obviously went
for a C-section.>>I was probably in there
for five to ten minutes and then they pulled her out. She wasn’t moving. Then they started
resuscitating her.>>They were wheeling her out. And I just looked at him
and said go with her. [ Music ]>>How are you doing?>>Therapeutic hypothermia is a
new treatment that’s available to babies born when we think
they may have had a brain injury from not enough oxygen. What usually happens is that a mom is having a pregnancy
that’s otherwise completely healthy and then the
unexpected happens around something
about the delivery. And so the baby is
actually born and appears, we use the word depressed,
needing help breathing and sometimes even needing
help getting his heart to beat. The hypothermia treatment
itself involves putting the baby on a cooling blanket. We make the babies just a
little bit colder in order to protect their
brain from the injury that we think they
might have had. The treatment takes 72 hours
then we slowly really warm the baby over 12 hours to
bring the baby back up to the normal temperature. There is an expression
in neurology. We say time is brain. And any time that there
is an injury to the brain, the longer no intervention
happens, the worse the injury gets. So we have to start the
hypothermia treatment within six hours of birth, but the earlier we
start it the better.>>Hi.>>Last year we cooled 39 babies
here at Maine Medical Center, and 80% of those babies
were transferred to us from outside hospitals.>>Hearing from somebody who
is clearly such an expert in this particular treatment
tell us that Braley was going to be okay and normal. It was the light at a very,
very dark time for us. She’s a happy, healthy
little girl. People say, you know,
aren’t you lucky that you were at Maine Med? And it’s so obvious to me
that I would never think about going somewhere else. I’m very grateful for the staff
there and what they did for us. I don’t know how
you thank somebody for something like that. I’d want to give them all hugs.>>Whoa. Good catch. [ Music ]