I would like to thank Renee Martinez, author of Raising Boys World, for guest posting today and sharing her c-section birth story with us this month. When you can’t find Renee blogging you can find her at RaisingBoysWorld.com, a parent directed community that shares and embraces the ups and downs of raising boys.
When I was pregnant in 2000, I planned for a natural childbirth to
welcome my new bundle of joy into the world. Like any high-strung,
first-time parent would do, I researched, hired a doula, had a birth plan,
and did pregnancy yoga to prepare for the momentous occasion. However, the
time came, and after a long labor (started on a Tuesday 1cm dilated -
contractions every 15 minutes, by Friday I was induced, active labor for 7
hours, pushed for 2 hours – then the baby’s heart rate shot up)…all plans
were down the drain. My preparations did not prepare me for a C-section.
After such a long and exhausting journey, I was just glad that I finally
had a healthy baby who adjusted well to breastfeeding. He was, as is any
baby, an amazing little creature. I couldn’t possibly have (and still do)
loved him more. It didn’t matter how he came into the world, only that he
did. I never looked back with regret, or desired to have experienced a
natural childbirth instead. In fact, I was pleasantly surprised by the
convenience C-sections offered. As a strong, health-minded woman, I was
physically up for the challenge that a C-section might present, and my
recoveries were easy and went very smoothly.
I know that it wasn’t what I had originally planned, but I learned not to
plan too much – sometimes you have to go with the flow and, instead, focus
on the good, and be thankful for the positive side of a situation.
- Renee Martinez