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This is William...


William Evan was born on 1st September 2000. He weighed in at 10lbs 4oz and was delivered via emerancy ceasarean section. He was with us for just 14 hours before he died and we are ever grateful for the time we had with him. During his delivery shoulder dystocia occurred, both of his shoulders becoming stuck in Angela's pelvis. The Zavanelli manoeuvre was carried out, but by the time he was delivered by ceasarean section it was too late.

Apparently shoulder dystocia is hard to predict but contributing factors may have been possible gestational diabetes and delivery three weeks past his due date.

The immediate days following his death were a strange time, but with the support of friends and family we have been able to move on in our lives. Toby and Catherine's arrival have been

amazing experiences and just watching them makes us happy. It's strange at times as you can't help but think about William, what he would be doing, and how he would have taken to having a brother, and now also a sister.

Even though we only knew him through pregnancy and the few hours following his birth, it is hard to put into words what a profound effect he has had on our family.

We will always miss him.

Please Note - If you run a search yourself looking for information about shoulder dystocia, erbs palsy etc., you will more than likely be inundated with sites of American and UK Law firms. In the last few years however more information has been making its way to the public from institues like the RCOGs. I would strongly recommened taking a look some of their documents - they have an information sheet on about shoulder dystocia (follow the Shoulder Dystocia link in the menu on the left of this page). Additionally wikipedia will have a lot to help. The National Institute for Clinical Excellence are still dragging their heals regarding how to treat diabetes during pregnacy (and will continue to do so for some time to come!), but do have guidelines for antenatal care - these are only guidelines though, so don't think you aren't allowed to ask for more!!

Feel free to e-mail us any questions. We have learnt an awful lot about obstetric emergencies, and if you want any information on what happened to us please ask. Some information you want won't be easy to find. We still haven't found any one in the UK who have been through the same experience that we have. Although thankfully this is a good thing it would have helped us in the immeadiate aftermath of William's death to have been able to ask questions, and to gather information.