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Isabelle thriving after early arrival

Pictured: Colleen, Emilie and Isabelle.

Emilie and her husband, Nick, welcomed their second child, Isabelle, at Frankston Hospital on 30 September 2019.

After a straightforward first pregnancy, Emilie needed additional monitoring the second time around, after being diagnosed with low pregnancy-associated plasma protein-A(PAPP-A).

“PAPP-A is a hormone produced by the placenta and embryo in pregnancy,” explains Colleen White, Operations Director, Women’s, Children and Adolescent Health.

“Studies have shown that low PAPP-A can be associated with increased risk of small babies, premature births, pre-eclampsia and stillbirth.”

Midwives identified that Emilie had low PAPP-A at her first antenatal appointment.

“They picked it up straight away and explained that I would potentially have a small baby,” says Emilie.

“I was booked in for several growth scans throughout the whole pregnancy which was great and they watched me very closely.”

At 37 weeks, the Women’s Health team discussed with Emilie and Nick that they thought it would be best to induce at 38 weeks, as Isabelle wasn’t growing well.

“When Isabelle was born she was little – 2.4kgs,” recalls Emilie.

“We were told potentially she would need to spend some time in the Special Care Nursery (SCN) and the SCN nurses came to visit while we were in hospital and checked Isabelle out, but she didn’t need to go.”

Isabelle is thriving at home with her doting older brother, Archer.

“She is going really well at home and is feeding well and frequently. She is really healthy and the midwives have been really happy with her,” says Emilie.

“I had a really positive experience throughout the whole thing.”

This story was first published in Quality Care, which can be viewed online here.