Bekx Sweet is another mama I met at a ProDoula training last month and I’m so glad she wanted to participate in this project! She’s passionate about working women and their families throughout the lifetime and brings her spunky, kind, calming, intelligent personality into her work serving those in the Dayton, Ohio area. Look up My Sweet Doula if you’re in that part of the world and want someone amazing by your side!
How many children do you have and how many were born via cesarean? I have birthed one child via cesarean. I do feel as though she was born, but honestly have the personal opinion that she was removed from my body, I didn't birth her. It was the option the doctor presented me with after sitting in the hospital without progressing. The cesarean was the end result of my birth experience.
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 wouldn't use the word 'happy' to describe my experience. I do believe cesarean births save lives and am thankful it is an option for so many families.
Have you ever experienced any shaming or questioning that made you feel uncomfortable after your cesarean? I didn't experience any shaming I am able to reflect on.
Were you able to do skin-to-skin with your baby immediately after the birth, even before leaving the operating room? I WAS NOT. I didn't hold her until an hour or two after the surgery-they closed me up and scrubbed me down and i was in the recovery room before she was brought back into me. All of the other family had the chance to hold her while I was closed back up.
Was there a clear, see through drape between you and Baby at the time of the operation? No.
If you chose to breastfeed your baby, were you able to try nursing your baby within the first hour after birth? I do believe with in the first couple hrs.
What was your recovery like: Better or worse than expected? More emotionally or physically draining than you were prepared for? My stay in the hospital was pleasant. It was easy while i was there. Both physically and emotionally draining.
What do you think the world should know about cesarean birth?
It is a life saving service and an option.
I would encourage other women and their partners to heavily educate themselves on the risks involved, the choice to hold off in non-emergency situations.
Speak with your doctor or midwife prenatally to discuss the process.