Today we'll hear from my younger (and only) sister, Kristi. When she gave birth to her first, she lived in Michigan, Since then, she's added two more kids to her bunch, but now she's in the Central Ohio area and we're all a lot happier having her and her family much closerl

  1. How many children do you have and how many were born via cesarean? I have had one child via emergency cesarean.

  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 don't know that I'd say I was 'happy' with the experience since it was an emergency and completely unexpected, but I was relieved that the hospital staff was experienced and everything turned out okay. I was induced 4 days prior to my delivery date due to concerns the doctor had about the baby not having grown much in the previous week.  I was given an oral medication to induce labor and everything was fine in the beginning. After about 4 1/2 hours my blood pressure was sky rocketing and the baby's heartrate was dropping, so the decision was made to perform an emergency cesarean. 

  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. I have not personally experienced shaming due to having a cesarean.  In my case when people heard about my situation they were more concerned.

  4. Were you able to do skin-to-skin with your baby immediately after the birth, even before leaving the operating room? I was able to do skin to skin with my son in the recovery room but not immediately after the procedure in the operating room.  If I remember correctly it was only a few minutes before the nurses brought him to me.

  5. Was there a clear, see through drape between you and Baby at the time of the operation?There was a drape up during the procedure but it was not a clear see through drape.

  6. What was your recovery like: Better or worse than expected? More emotionally or physically draining than you were prepared for? The recovery experience was about what I expected. The nurses as well as my OBGYN  spoke with me quite a bit about some of the difficulties I would have, ( pain while sneezing or coughing, needing to sit with a pillow against my abdomen to help ease discomfort, constipation, being unable to drive right away or lift anything heavier than the baby,  etc) so I wasn't totally in the dark. It was tough being at home with an infant, my first child, and not being able to do as much as I wanted with him.  It was painful for me to get up with him several times during the night, I couldn't bend easily to place him in the bassinet or change him.  It made me feel a little helpless.  Luckily my husband was able to take quite a bit of time off of work and he filled in where I was lacking.