The next mama that we'll hear from is my friend Sarah from college. We've traveled the world together, laughed so hard we cried and our sides hurt and we've wept with each other in some of the lowest moments of life. I'm thankful for her honest participation.

  1. How many children do you have and how many were born via cesarean? I have one child and he was born via C section.
  2. Were you happy with your experience? If you’ve had more than one cesarean, were you happy with one and not with another? Explain? I was very nervous at first to have this type of birth but I didn’t have a choice due to the heart rate dropping every time I had a contraction so of course I knew this was best for my son. 

  3. Have you ever experienced any shaming or questioning that made you feel uncomfortable after your cesarean? I ask this because many women have shared that they’ve almost felt bullied by other women who had vaginal births and have been told that cesarean was “the easy way out” or “not real childbirth”. I hate to even bring this up, but its a real thing in our culture and I’d love to hear your take on this if it is something you have experienced. No, I didn’t have anyone make me feel less bc of C section. 

  4. Were you able to do skin-to-skin with your baby immediately after the birth, even before leaving the operating room? No, unfortunately I was not able to do skin to skin right away but later after I left the OR I did.

  5. Was there a clear, see through drape between you and Baby at the time of the operation? Yes

  6. If you chose to breastfeed your baby, were you able to try nursing your baby within the first hour after birth? Not within the hour, it took several hours for me to get to nurse. 

  7. What was your recovery like: Better or worse than expected? More emotionally or physically draining than you were prepared for? Recovery was harder than I thought. The next morning getting out of bed was very emotional. I knew then, I would have to take it easy so I could recover and be available for my baby. 

  8. If your cesarean was planned, did you feel well-prepared for the procedure itself, what to expect regarding recovery and was your healthcare provider willing to work with you to get the birth experience you desired? The C section was not planned but we knew after a couple hours of contractions that we were going to the OR. The anesthesiologist came in to talk with me and the doc talked me through what to expect. 

  9. What are three things you’d like the world to know about cesarean birth? (If its too hard to narrow it down to three, list more!) It’s okay to have a c section. You are no less. Recovering is hard so take it easy. Let other people help you.