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Hi, ladies. My sweet baby girl arrived 11/16/10 weighing in at 7lbs 12oz, with the most precious little face & ears, & lots of dark hair. Her birth didn't go as planned at all; I was so hoping for an unmedicated VBAC and honestly didn't even consider or research the reality & technicalities of an emerg. c/s let alone one w/out an epi in place prior. I labored for 18 hours, 9 of which were HARD labor, at least up to 8cm & had been in transitional labor for a while, was at the wanting to push stage while being prepped for the ERCS. To be blunt it was brutal & traumatizing. It all happens so fast, there is no waiting for contrax to ease & if you can't move they force your body, I was strapped down choking on the oxygen mask w/them rough scrubbing my belly, shaving & inserting a catheter. I can't even describe the fear & agony, and the emotions of ending up needing the c/s to save my baby after wanting & trying so hard to VBAC. I've never cried so hard. I know it was a true emergency, her heart rate was dropping so they did an internal monitor, when I agreed to call it & c/s it was low 70's and not recovering, there was thick meconium, she was not proceeding further down. When they opened me up her head was wedged sideways a bit and the placenta immediately separated.
I am so thankful she made it, and is healthy w/no lingering affects now. I'm not trying to scare anyone about VBAC's- even as hard as our rare situation was, I would go for a VBAC again over planned c/s anyday. I just wish I had prepared & educated myself more, factually, practically, physically & emotionally esp. for the possibility of an ERCS so I wouldn't have been so terrified & devastated - I should have worked through & dealt with what I could have before hand instead of in the overwhelming moment. So that's my BTDT learned the hard way advice to other moms. Now, I need to change a diaper!
Raising my kids with boundaries - NOT battle lines.
Children are not little adults, but they ARE people too!
There's a reason they are called dependents...
AP is not alternative to those who see no other choice
Oh I'm so sorry you had to go thru all that! So scary!! This is why I like to watch the birthing shows. They do show the "rare" cases. You feel more prepared as to ok, plan didnt work, now this is going to happen and sometimes very quickly like you.
Well at least your baby girl is here and healthy! Thats really all the matters. Enjoy your little bundle!
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Oh honey I am so sorry on the loss of your planned birth, it is such a hard thing to come to grips with, isn't? I am so happy that the baby is doing well with no lingering issues. Be gentle on yourself as you heal both physically and emotionally!
When they persisted in questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, "Let the person among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her." John 8:7 Sail Back to Me