One of my ICAN friends posted this on Facebook today:
BirthCut Calling all C/S mothers! I am looking for positive cesarean birth stories! I am also looking for any tips about the actual surgery and/or recovery you may have for cesarean mothers. And, well, anything else you may have — art, videos, etc etc. Thanks!
Interesting thought. Do I have anything positive to say about my cesareans? Actually, I think I do:
I was exhausted from the flu – vomiting and pooping everywhere. The illness forced my body into labor before we were ready. Although I arrived at the hospital at 9cm dilated, my baby quickly got stuck. I don’t know if I could have pushed her out. I was so utterly exhausted. I pushed with everything I had and it still wasn’t enough. By the time I had the cesarean I was incredibly thankful for the “convenience” of modern medicine.
I did recover quickly physically. I don’t recall feeling poorly for long. And I still felt like superwoman . . . for a while, anyway.
Pregnant with twins which meant that I was “risked out” of homebirth and birth center birth. By 37 weeks both twins were breech. When my Baby A broke her water in the middle of the night, I knew she did it with her feet. I was so disappointed because the LAST THING I WANTED was to go through major abdominal surgery again. I had learned so much about my body . . . I learned that my miscarriages were likely influenced by the presence of adenomyosis (caused by the first cesarean in 2004) . . . I knew that if I were to get pregnant again that a VBAC after 2 cesareans would be nearly impossible unless I wanted to try it alone . . . I know that these abdominal surgeries are risky in my line of work (I’m an opera singer).
I had considered bucking the system since breech is a variation of normal, depending on who you ask. I thank God for guiding me elsewhere, because my precious Baby A would not have likely survived a vaginal birth. She was entangled in her cord, and the cord was wrapped around her legs. Both girls presented double footling breech.
Although I am still in pain 5 months later, and have yet another scar, and have yet another saggy somewhat sensation-less flap of skin above my scar, and have found my singing to be anything but stellar due to my weakened core, I am thankful that a cesarean was available to me.
I don’t recommend a cesarean unless it is really REALLY necessary . . . sad that probably half of the cesareans that are performed in the United States are likely not necessary. A cesarean is considered a morbidity because of its seriousness – it’s a MAJOR abdominal surgery. However, there are situations where a cesarean may be prudent or necessary. When the technology is used appropriately, it is indeed a blessing. To learn more about c-sections, visit Childbirth Connection and ICAN.