She planned a peaceful water delivery – but the drama that struck her mother Gaby Simpson in the delivery room nearly killed her new baby.
Despite being a yoga-super instructor, the 23-year-old suffered a heart attack. Her baby who did not respond, due to urgent delivery, feared it would be damaged by the brain.
Gabbi had an amniotic fluid embolism (AFE), which means that the protective fluid around the baby entered its bloodstream.
The condition is extremely rare, impossible to predict. . . or prevention.
The result was a heart attack, involvement of the brain and haemorrhage that almost killed her.
While Gaby was fighting for her life, her baby Bea was given under general anesthesia with forceps.
She survived, but was diagnosed with brain damage.
However, in the days following her birth, she received a new pioneer therapy that included cooling her body from normal 37C to 33C within 72 hours to give her brain a chance to recover – and managed to change the damage.
Now Bea is a healthy three-month-old and Gabbi, who renews his strength every day, says: "We are lucky to be alive and I want to thank the medical teams from the bottom of my heart.
"I want to let people know that if the labor goes against your plan, it will be fine.
"I imagined Zen Labor, things could not go beyond the plan, but we are here to tell the story."
Gambi, who lives in Longfield, Kent, with Terry Marlowe, 31, a patrol of the RCC, recalls: "We were over the moon when we found out that I was pregnant and in 36 weeks I gave my last class of yoga.
"I was not afraid of birth – I began to go after taking lessons for hypnobirthing. It is a birth technique that includes a breathing technique that allows mothers to stay in control of their bodies, which helps control the pain.
"I had plans for a chilled hospital birth of water, with minimal intervention."
Gabby went into work one day after her deadline on July 21, and as her contractions approached together, she and Terry headed for the Princess Royal University Hospital near Orientalton.
But the labor did not progress rapidly and said: "After 23 hours I was exhausted. I no longer coped. I remember my midwife unclearly explaining that she will break my waters, but then she has 19 hours of blackness.
The next thing I knew, I came to intensive care.
"The first thing you noticed was the baby's photos on my bedside table, she was in an incubator, wires everywhere.
"With the growing panic I had no idea whether it was dead or alive. A nurse was unable to give me any information.
"Instead, I had the agony to wait 25 minutes until Terry arrived."
He assured his baby Bea – a name they agreed to in pregnancy – was transferred to the London Hospital in London, where her condition was stable.
Gabbi says: "In my confused state, and with my hands who are trying to hold my baby, Terry told me what happened.
"He explained that the midwife took my blood when suddenly my head rolled as I suffered a stroke, followed by a heart attack.
"He told me the room then full of doctors who brought me alive.
"I returned to the consciousness of the middle contraction, screaming and hitting the doctors."
Gabbi was anesthetized because the baby Bea was given, but she suffered immense haemorrhage and lost more than three liters of blood – more than half of the body's total body weight.
She says: "Bea was born 8 pounds 5oz, but she did not react because she was starved of oxygen and swallowed blood.
"I laughed as she explained that she was resuscitated but diagnosed with brain damage. I began to realize that she and I were happy that we were alive, but it was hard for me to believe that I had a baby.
"I did not remember to give birth – and I did not know her yet."
Terry spent three days ran 14 miles between the two hospitals, transmitting information about Bea to Gabbi.
She says: "I was desperate to leave the hospital and keep it, which I finally could after four days.
"For the first time I held it in my hands, I felt a huge influx of love.
Just four days later, Bea had an MRI scan to assess her brain damage – we were thrilled when she was given all clear.
"Unbelievably, the cooling therapy completely changed every damage."
Only 14 days later, Mom and Daughter were placed at home.
Gabbi says: "Now I have another recovery path for me, because I have tests that come to check my lungs and heart, along with the therapy for post-traumatic stress disorder.
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"I do not want to scare anyone by telling my story because it's very rare.
But I want to raise awareness of this life-threatening condition and to thank the medical personnel who saved our lives.
"I will be forever grateful".