New Kids, Lessons Learned

Tis the season for new babies. Clara unfortunately had a complicated labor and delivery. We lost 2 of the 3 kids.  Clara started her labor last Friday afternoon, 3 days before her due date.  I saw several long strings of mucous. I should have recognized that the mucous was red/brown tinged and that was a sign of a problem.  The early ultrasound indicated there was 3 kids, but one was small and the vet thought it might resorb.  It didn't, but it also didn't develop fully.  I checked on Clara constantly until midnight and then thought I would get some sleep. I set my alarm for 3am. When I got out to the barn, I found Clara laying down. The first kid was underdeveloped and clearly dead. The second kid, a lovely doeling, was out and still warm but Clara seemed in shock and didn't know she should be clearing faces. I grabbed the towels and worked to clear the baby's face but I couldn't revive it. Then I saw the hooves of the third one. I pulled that one - a breech doeling. I got her face cleaned off and Clara seemed to understand her job and started helping.  The baby had a lot of fluid in her lungs and was losing heat quick. She seemed really floppy. 

I took the doeling and ran to the house. Clara stayed occupied with trying to revive the dead doeling.  It was all very sad and scary. I put the live baby in a hot water bath and got her breathing cleared.  I woke my son up and gave him the baby to keep warm and get dry. Once she seemed a bit more alert, I rubbed a bit of corn syrup on her gums. That perked her up, but she still couldn't stand. I ran outside to check on Clara who had figured out the other babies were not alive and was upset. The placenta was partially out but not passing.  I called the vet and left a message.  I milked Clara some and took it back to the baby who was warm now. She wasn't very interested in taking any milk from the syringe. I decided to take her back out so she could bond with her mama who was thrilled to see her.  Unfortunately, she couldn't stand and wasn't holding her temperature.  I took her back in the house where we wrapped her in a towel and put her on the radiator to get warm. The vet arrived by 8am, cleared the placenta from Clara, gave her antibiotics, oxytocin, and selenium.  Baby got selenium and her front legs wrapped to help keep them straight. Dr was correct and baby Pixie started walking the next day. She is nursing great and Clara is a wonderful mother.  

I am happy to have saved this lovely blue eyed doeling and I now know how to recognize a labor that is too long and to be suspicious of mucous tinged with blood. 

Pixi Walking