One of the first things that you think about when you fall pregnant is the birth!!!
With my first baby this decision was made for me. My baby was breech (bottom down) and in the best interest of my baby the doctors recommended a Caesarean section (c-section).I couldn’t help but be disappointed and feel like I had already let my unborn child down.
Two days before my scheduled c-section at 39 weeks my waters broke and I was rushed to have an emergency c-section. Being connected to machines for the first 12 hours after birth was hard. I was drowsy and unable to get up and attend to my baby’s needs without assistance. The pain from the c- section persisted for 4 weeks.
With the excitement of my second pregnancy I was over the moon to know that at 39 weeks my unborn child had turned and was finally engaged. The thought of being able to have a VBAC birth (vaginal birth after caesarean) was exciting and something that I had wished for. Obviously with a VBAC there is always a risk of the scar tearing. I was monitored and connected to a wireless machine which allowed me to move freely around the birthing suit, but I was still in control of my body (well as much as you can be giving birth). I’m not going to lie – the pain was intense and the burning sensation hurt like hell but the moment my baby (and after birth) was born the pain was gone and that was it! I couldn’t believe it. I was showered one hour later, able to change my baby’s nappies and sit in my room admiring my newest addition. I felt amazing, empowered and a strong sense of accomplishment.
I have since gone on to have my third and final child and he also was a VBAC.
From Petria (Happy mother of 3)