PPROM– At 22 weeks, Louise Adams stood a chance of losing her baby. Her water had broken and the doctors didn’t see a chance of survival for the baby.

During Pregnancy, the baby is housed in the amniotic sac which contains the fluid that is essential to the survival of the baby in the womb- the amniotic fluid.

Ideally, there is a rupture of the amniotic sac during labor. This is usually known as the condition when the pregnant woman’s water breaks. In some other cases, the water breaks before labor- sometimes even weeks before labor starts.

This condition is often sensitive as the water is supposed to help sustain the baby as well as help in the delivery of the baby.

In Louise Adams’case, the water broke weeks before the due date. Knowing the implication of losing the water, doctors did not give her hope of the baby’s survival. Medical science says that a baby can survive in the womb after the water breaks for about 24 hours without fear of infection.

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Unfortunately Louise had over 10 more weeks to go. The doctors worried that the baby was not yet up to 24 weeks; as that would have helped the situation.

Louise was going through a pregnancy complication known as Preterm premature rupture of the membranes (PPROM). The condition occurs when the water breaks before the pregnancy is up to 37 weeks.

Louise’s baby was not yet up to 7 months so a premature delivery was not exactly feasible. The doctors said the baby had a slim chance of survival.


Regardless of the doctor’s report, the couple resiliently researched into their condition and ways to ensure that the baby lives.

Their research revealed that women whose water broke before the due date took the options of putting on a drip or staying hydrated in order to keep the baby alive.

Louise took the hydration challenge; taking 7 pints of water everyday. Fortunately the baby survived the rest of the journey in the womb ad was delivered through a Cesarean section.

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“Although UK doctors were skeptical, I discovered in other countries around the world mothers whose waters break early are put on a drip. “

“I’m convinced he survived such low odds because when my waters broke, I replaced them by ensuring I was well hydrated.”

“All they could do is monitor me in hospital waiting for the inevitable miscarriage, which they said would happen in days.”

“But I could feel Joseph kicking. I couldn’t just sit around doing nothing to save him.”

At 24 weeks the doctors saw a hope of survival for the baby. So, they gave the pregnant mother steroids and antibiotics to mature the baby’s lungs and prevent infections respectively.

Louise said she also took “cranberry juice and raw cloves of garlic after reading they could ward off infection, common when the waters break early.”

Baby Joseph was born through a C-section at Royal Stoke University Hospital. The “smiling bundle of joy” as the overjoyed Staffordshire mum describes him came out hale and hearty,  weighing 5Ib 10oz.