April has been a very special month for me and my husband, we finally got to meet our little princess Zoey!! April is also special to me now because it is C-Section Awareness month.
If you had asked me what my birth plan was before Zoey I would have told you I took all the classes, I did all the prep work to have a natural labour and delivery. I practiced breathing, I took HypnoBirthing classes, I bought the birth ball.
I envisioned my labour and my little girls entry into the world. I was ready. I was excited!
Then at 41 weeks 1 day, it all went out the window.
It was April 1st (one week past my due date) and I was praying I would go into labour every other minute. I knew on April 2nd I would see the doctor and there was a good chance I would be induced, -I really wanted to go naturally. It was my plan. So that night I walked around the neighbourhood, I bounced on my birth ball and I went to bed hoping labour would start soon.
I woke up at 2:30am having contractions and I was so excited! I got out my timer and debated waking my husband, but an hour later it all stopped. Defeated, I went back to sleep and then woke up to head to my doctor's appointment in the morning. We packed the car thinking "hey you never know" and boy I’m glad we did!
I knew walking into my OB’s office would be the last time that morning. What I didn’t know was that she would tell me I needed to be admitted to the hospital right away as I had no water left around my baby girl.
Panic set in, but Carlo and I knew:
And then, my whole world changed!
I remember looking at Carlo and just saying “that’s our baby!” I couldn’t see her or hold her or touch her but I could hear her cry and it was beautiful. I instantly knew this was how it was meant to be, she was meant to be born this way. I wasn’t scared anymore. I knew all the plans I had made couldn’t matter less, my birth plan didn’t work out, but I had a healthy and beautiful baby.
I instantly knew: This was how it was meant to be. She was meant to be born this way!
I wasn't scared anymore.
Recovery isn't easy - no matter HOW you give birth!
And YES! Having a C-Section IS still giving birth
If anyone tells you different, they clearly aren't a mom,
or a nice human - so ignore them!
A very big thank you to Kelsey for sharing her story with us!
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