Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Mum shares heartbreaking photos of stillborn baby in stark warning about diabetes

A woman has shared pictures of her stillborn son after she lost the baby due to a diabetes complication.

Cheyenne Greenwald, 20, hopes her story will help prevent other expectant mothers with diabetes from suffering the same fate as her.

Mrs Greenwald, from Utah, US, told Mirror Online that her husband, Caden, had to make the impossible decision for her to give birth naturally to their stillborn son.

Her 21-year-old partner was worried she could die if she had a c-section.

Mrs Greenwald told Mirror Online: "Caden had to choose if I had a c-section or deliver naturally.

"Because of the emotional pain I was already going to be going through he didn’t want me to go through the physical pain of a natural birth.

"But I had less chance of surviving a c-section than I did a natural birth. He told me once I was more aware of what was happening."

Mrs Greenwald, who suffers from type 1 diabetes, first realised she was pregnant when she missed her period and a friend joked she could be pregnant.

A pregnancy test confirmed that she was carrying a child, prompting the couple to prepare for the tot's arrival.

However, in the seventh month of her pregnancy she started to feel unwell.

She told Mirror Online she had low insulin levels as the pump providing her with the critical hormone had been set up incorrectly.

The mum-to-be started vomiting and drifting in and out of consciousness as a result of diabetic ketoacidosis.

She was rushed to an intensive care unit and although she recovered after five hours her baby Dean lost his life.

Mrs Greenwald is now urging other diabetic women to be fastidious about their medical equipment while pregnant.

She said: "My pump was set up wrong because no one told me a doctor had to set it up.

"My point is, when a diabetic women is pregnant it’s okay to be scared but just be more on top of it and make sure your pump or ratios are set up properly."