July 16, 2012
Felix with parents Ewa and Karol, and Sophie, one of his three siblings.
Congratulations to the Kosnik family, who welcomed their fourth child on July 15. Baby Felix is the first baby born in new our new OLM Wing, weighing a healthy 9.6 lbs. Both mom and baby are doing well.
"He came a week past the due date," said mom Ewa Sroslak. "I came in for an appointment expecting that I would be induced, but I started to progress on my own."
Ewa was having signs of early labour by the time she came to St. Joe's for her appointment. Mother's intuition told her that something was not quite right. As it turns out, baby Felix was presenting face first with his chin down, which is a very rare but minor complication said Dr. Yolanda Kirkham, Ewa's delivering obstetrician.
"This happens in about one and every 800 deliveries," said Dr. Kirkham. "Ewa's had three previous children (where this did not happen) and there is no cause for it. When we examined Ewa, we felt a cute little nose, and that's how we discovered how Felix was positioned."
Presenting face first means it's the baby's face that is seen first during delivery and not the top of the head. This positioning can make vaginal delivery difficult and less likely, explained Dr. Kirkham. In the end, a C-section for Ewa was avoided and baby Felix was delivered safely through vaginal birth.
Another rarity with Ewa's pregnancy with Felix is that his movements made a true knot in the umbilical cord. "It was a loose true knot (in the umbilical cord), and was made by the twist and turns of the baby. We found it and it didn't end up causing any harm," explained Dr. Kirkham. "For obstetrics and gynaecology, this is really the art of medicine, in deciding what the safest mode of delivery will be for a mom and baby."
The mom of four is feeling great, even though it was a tough delivery. "All of the staff are wonderful and were a great support. My midwife Mahnaz, Dr. Kirkham and the nurses worked so well together as a team," said Ewa. Proud father, Karol, said, "We are so lucky to have such wonderful care. Felix has very wonderful siblings waiting to meet him."
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