As a mum who had a Caesarean for my own reasons whatever they maybe, I thought it was about time I shared a positive birth story and my experience with a C-Section.
I enjoyed the delivery of my baby girl and was not traumatised by the process. And to be honest I am sick of being told, the decision that I made that was right for me and my family was wrong.
My doctor and I had discussed all the options and at 32 weeks in my mind it was time to make a decision about how my baby would arrive. I was happy for a birth whatever way it happened as long as it was safe for me and the baby.
My husband and I discussed the options and we were fully informed at the time we made the decision to go Caesarean birth and were even told in a kind and gentle way that I could change my mind at any stage.
So now, to how it all happened, my planned caesar was great. It took a load of my mind and I was ready for the delivery and arrival of my baby girl on the day she arrived. And as it was, she had made it back to being transverse at 39 weeks so delivery would have been a caesarean anyway in the end.
I was admitted to the hospital prepped and briefed by the wonderful nurses, midwifes and the surgery team and taken down to theatre where I went by myself as hubby was opting to stay out of the room until our angel was born. The assistant and midwife were great and prepped me and took the camera ready to get pictures of my baby’s arrival for me.
My OB returned to make sure I was ready kept it light and breezy asked if I had any questions and had me at ease as I was taken into theatre.
The team talked me through the entire process. The midwife talked to me as the spinal anaesthesia went it telling me what to expect and joked with me about what my husband was missing. I must say all the time I felt in good hands and well informed about what was going on.
The ice test was done to make sure the spinal was working and then we were away. I did feel some tugging and my OB was talking to me all the way telling me what was happening and what to expect. Then the most amazing thing happened - I heard the cry of my baby girl and she was here.
The curtain was dropped. I could see this little baby whose heartbeat I had heard and scans I had seen was in front of me. I was the proudest mum in the world, no matter how my baby arrived and I enjoyed the experience of her getting here - her arrival, delivery and every day since.
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