Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Serena Williams Reveals Emergency C-Section After Baby's Heart-Rate Plummeted During Contractions

Serena Williams has revealed the terrifying moment her baby daughter was rescued by doctors after her heart rate fell dangerously low during labour.

The tennis champ, who gave birth to Olympia in September 2017, had to have an emergency C-section when the monitor picked up her falling heart rate, and Serena was whisked off to theatre to have the operation.

Luckily Olympia was delivered safely and Serena told Vogue of the "amazing feeling" when her newborn was placed on her chest.

But that wasn't the end of the drama, as Serena herself experienced dangerous symptoms that she thought pointed to a pulmonary embolism.

She told the fashion bible that she hurried out of the hospital room so her worried mum wouldn't panic further, and told the nearest nurse she needed a blood thinner immediately.

When they brought in the wrong equipment, Serena couldn't believe what they were doing.

A CT scan then revealed Serena had small blood clots on her lungs, prompting medical treatment straight away.

And the run of bad luck didn't stop there, as Serena's C-section scar then "popped open" after a bout of coughing brought on by her clotted lungs - and she started bleeding internally thanks to a large hematoma in her abdomen.

After six days of hospital stay, Serena was finally ready to get home, but the bad luck continued to dog her when the night nurse they'd employed to look after baby Olympia fell through.

 Her husband Alexis Ohanian told Vogue: "I was happy to change diapers, but on top of everything she was going through, the feeling of not being able to help made it even harder.

"Consider for a moment that your body is one of the greatest things on this planet, and you're trapped in it," he added.

While Serena recently described motherhood as "phenomenal", she also confessed to breaking down in tears as she struggled to come to terms with her new role.

"No one talks about the low moments - the pressure you feel, the incredible letdown every time you hear the baby cry," she said.

"I've broken down I don't know how many times. Or I'll get angry about the crying, then sad about being angry, and then guilty, like, Why do I feel so sad when I have a beautiful baby? The emotions are insane."


  1. Thank God Alexis is so fine

  2. Motherhood is not easy

  3. It must have been a terrible experience for her

  4. Say what ?
    I had mine September 20th and her heart rate was dropping beyond control. It was horrible and fearful.
    I signed for an emergency C-section and she was delivered only to receive another bad news that she has pulmonary hypertension... I was not diabetic during pregnancy and have never being all my life why this ? hian oh, her bp was higher than an hypertensive adult and she had to stay back at the hospital for 4 weeks.As if that was not enough, it was very difficult for her to breathe on her own. She was so sick that she couldn't cry after birth...i nearly passed on when i heard them giving her CPR !!!
    I kept asking to see her and was told she will be transferred to children's hospital los Angeles...i come weak like vegetables.signed another form for her to be transferred while i sit back alone , nursing the c-section pain.did i mention hubby was telling me he's hungry and angry i didn't get to prepare his favorite meal before putting to bed! STUPID
    Depression set in when i left the hospital without her.
    The confusing aspect of it is that 3 of my friends that gave birth same September had similar labour stories and worries.
    Selena is lucky her husband helped out, mine was just stupid and totally what i can't describe.
    Thank God She's super duper active and healthy today...same with my friends babies.
    Those that have never being depressed after birth or nurse a sick baby to health are indeed lucky. That shit sucks monstrously.
    I still get chills remembering the panic and lightning movements of the doctors and nurses...imagine having up to 8 personnel fighting and trying to save you and the baby while you lay like dead wood hoping for the best.
    The funny aspect of it is that i'm a registered nurse but i forgot everything i was supposed to do if i was the one taking care of my patient making it very ugly. Imagine an RN, asking cna's if the baby will live.
    God bless all mothers biko and give some men little sense that child birth can be the end of some women. It's 50-50 chance of life and death for both parties.