April is Caesarean Awareness Month and as my contribution I wanted to share the birth story of my baby girl. I love birth stories and this time around I attempted a VBAC which resulted in an emergency caesarean. I have also included my experience with the recovery from both the physical and mental aspects. A caesarean sometimes receives negativity, but the simple fact is, sometimes babies and Mothers can die without them.
This is a positive birth story, with a happy ending!
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I was 14 weeks along at my first antenatal appointment when the midwife first asked the question “Have you given any thought as to how you want to birth this baby?” Well, no. I was still in the midst of morning sickness and all day nausea. I was just trying to make it through each week.
And then, when I did start to think about it, I realised that the thought of giving birth, either by c-section or VBAC, kind of terrified me slightly. The possible complications that could arise either way. The unknowns. The lack of control. What if something goes terribly wrong and I will forever wish I chose the other option? Continue reading →