Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Ontario, Canada
Red Bag + dystocia. What could I have done differently?
Looking for opinions and suggestions about how I could have improved the outcome of this situation. I'm still so upset and shaken by it. 1st mare of the year. The mare was due with her 5th foal and had never had any issues in the past. SHe was showing obvious signs of impending foaling so I ate supper in the office and watched her on camera. She lay down and I went to check on her. She was pushing and no gush of fluid. Uh oh. BIG push reveals obvious red bag. UH OH. Speed dial boss to call vet as I rummage for surgical scissors and gloves. Cut placenta reach in to find feet. Find ONE foot and a nose. Crap. From here I sort of went on autopilot adn just went with what felt right. I admit I was freaking out inside, but I reached in and found one leg to indeed be back. Pushed protruding leg back and grabbed behind the knee of the bent leg and followed down and found the foot. Between contractions the leg was corrected. Mare was standing at this point and I was begging her to lay down and birth this baby as I held the feet and could barely see the little nose. SHe did lay down and I applied LOTS of traction down-left, down-right with pushes and straight downward traction between pushes. Foal out withing about 8 minutes of cutting the placenta and was listless with no tone. Stimulation and suction and bubs is breathing but looks terrible. Vet arrives and placenta is delivered and has obvious calcification and retained pieces. Maternal side of placenta looked horrible. Transport both to university and last I heard mare is "OK" and foal is touch and go.
I'm just sick about this. I feel responsible and my boss is PISSED that this good mare and a very valuable baby (Full sibling was high-seller at a yearling sale last year) are hanging in the balance. I'm not sure if he's mad at me or the situation. I just need to know what I could do differently if I ever come up against this again. I'm normally so hands off in foaling, this was pretty foreign to me so I will take any advice to heart in order to keep my mares and babies safe.
~Lindsay~ Mom of 2, wife to the goldsmith, doula and childbirth educator in training, life-long horse dork