Today we'll hear from sweet Maggie who gave birth to her first child, a daughter, a little over a year ago. I met Maggie sort of by happenstance through mutual friends just a few days before her daughter was born. Soon after the birth I got to visit with her in the hospital and she later became one of my clients... and a friend!
How many children do you have and how many were born via cesarean? One child born via cesarean.
Was there a reason your baby was born by cesarean? I was diagnosed with chloestasis when I was 37 weeks pregnant. I was 0cm dilated and 0% effaced when my doctor informed me I needed to be induced immediately. After being in labor for 40-hours, pushing for four long excruciating hours and trying to suction the baby out three times with no success I told my doctor I had no energy left to give. We both agreed it was time for an emergency c-section.
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 so happy to be almost done with the birthing process; I was tired, hungry and utterly exhausted, so a cesarean sounded heavenly at that point! The recovery was far more involved than what I had anticipated. Being 14-months post-pregnancy, I am so pleased with how my body and scar have healed. I still experience numbness, but knew that going the c-section route was what was best for myself and the baby.
Have you ever experienced any shaming or questioning that made you feel uncomfortable after your cesarean? Thankfully, I have never experienced any shaming or insensitive questioning from others.
Were you able to do skin-to-skin with your baby immediately after the birth, even before leaving the operating room? Unfortunately, I was unable to do skin-to-skin due to the head trauma my baby experienced from the suctioning. It is something I still struggle with, but I was able to the following day in the NICU.
Was there a clear, see through drape between you and Baby at the time of the operation? No, a blue tarp was provided. My husband and I both wish that was an option!
If you chose to breastfeed your baby, were you able to try nursing your baby within the first hour after birth? Again, because my baby's condition was unclear after she was first born I had to start pumping right away. Thankfully, I was able to attempt breastfeeding the following morning in the NICU.
What was your recovery like: Better or worse than expected? More emotionally or physically draining than you were prepared for? I definitely wasn't prepared for the amount of recovery that was ahead of me. The not driving for 8-weeks was particularly frustrating. Because our birthing story was so traumatic, I was very emotional (and still am!) and not being able to do the physical things that I used to after coming home from the hospital was difficult.
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!) 1.) Embrace it - wear your scar with pride! 2.) Women with c-sections work just as hard as women who have vaginal births 3.) Keep up with your medicine - just because you aren't in pain or discomfort at that moment doesn't mean you won't be in an hour.