I had a very traumatic birth – I went into cardiac arrest and my baby was born while I was actually dead

FOR MANY women, giving birth can be a scary endeavor thanks to the endless amount of things that can go wrong.

However, for one expecting mother, things went from scary to desperate during her labor.


In a now-viral video, new mom Nicole Vaughn Hall shared the nightmare experience she had during the labor of her third child.

While in the hospital, Hall had created what was supposed to be a sweet video message to her and her husband's future baby, but instead, she filmed the moments leading up to the disaster.

Hall wrote in the video: "10 minutes before I went into cardiac arrest."

When her heart stopped beating, Hall wrote that she had to have chest compressions on her way to the nearest operating room.

But sadly, there was no doctor on her floor and she was not able to receive any anesthesia.

She wrote at one point: "So no doc, no IV, no anesthesia. Just 50 nurses running around me waiting for someone to cut out this baby."

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When an ER doctor finally did show up to save Hall's baby, he thought she had already died.

At this time, her husband was told that they were doing a post-mortem C-section to save their baby.

In subsequent videos, Hall recounted her traumatic story in more detail.

What is birth trauma and how to get help

Giving birth is an incredible experience for many women, but it can have a lasting effect called birth trauma.

Birth trauma can be defined as any injury, wound, or distress suffered by mothers before, during, or after childbirth.

It can be something physical like perineal tears or, like in Hall's case, an amniotic fluid embolism.

But birth trauma can also occur psychologically, such as in postnatal depression, PTSD, or Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD).

If you feel your birth was traumatic, it may help to truly take some time to process your birthing experience by journaling, or by speaking to a good friend or therapist, per Parents.

If you start to feel symptoms of PTSD – flashbacks, nightmares, trouble sleeping, etc., then you may want to seek professional help from someone who's experienced in perinatal mental health.

The Postpartum Support International directory may be a good place to start when looking for a specialized professional.

She said the last thing she remembers is feeling hot and nauseous before waking up two days later in the ICU on a ventilator.

Hall's husband told her that while in the hospital, she suddenly started foaming at the mouth, turned blue, and her body went limp.

That's when she was rushed to the OR and was "down" for eight minutes before an ER doctor showed up and was able to deliver Hall's baby.

According to Hall, the doctor felt her baby kick and immediately flew into action since it was rare for a baby to still be alive when the mother has been dead for as long as Hall was.

Miraculously, the doctor was able to save the baby before Hall's blood pressure and heartbeat came back.

However, she needed an additional 48 units of blood and spent the next two days in the ICU on a ventilator.

Now Hall and her baby boy are healthy as can be.

Hall revealed she suffered from an amniotic fluid embolism (AFE), a rare condition in which the fluid that surrounds the baby in the uterus enters the woman's bloodstream, typically causing disastrous side effects.

Similarly, another mom-to-be experienced AFE during her first childbirth and died twice while bleeding out.


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