Happy Cesarean Awareness Month!!

May 9, 2021, at 9:28 A.M. was the BEST day of my life. Why might you ask?! Because I became a mother

on Mother’s Day to a beautiful 8-pound baby boy. Like so many women, I had spent 9 months of my

pregnancy dreaming about holding my baby for the first time; envisioning what life would be like once I

became a mother, and how my life was going to change. I also thought about my birth plan; in fact, I

spoke with my Obstetrician extensively about wanting to have a vaginal delivery and having skin-to-skin

contact with my baby boy immediately after he was delivered. I figured that since I am a big fan of

“planning”, that I should create a plan of how I would like my labor and delivery to go. Well clearly at

that time in my life I was a first-time mom-to-be and thinking that I could control every detail of my

labor and delivery was not practical and it certainly did not go the way I had envisioned and dreamed of

for 9 months during my pregnancy.

I never thought that I would end up needing an emergency C-section to deliver my son. Honestly, the

thought that things weren’t going to go the way I had written it down for my birth plan never crossed

my mind. I know that sounds silly, obviously unexpected things happen, but I had such an amazing

pregnancy, no morning sickness, only gained 20-pounds the entire pregnancy, and I absolutely LOVED

being pregnant – I literally had the best experience. So, naturally I thought labor and delivery will surely

go well. My cervix wouldn’t dilate past 8 cm and my son was too big to fit through my pelvic cavity; his

heart rate began to decline significantly, and it was in the best interest of my son’s health as well as my

own health to have an emergency C-section. I cried like a baby because this was not the birth plan I had

anticipated or planned for. This was not how I expected to welcome my son into this world. I had no

control at all.

After I had my C-section, I never got to have immediate skin-to-skin contact with my son (I’m still salty

about that part) but I couldn’t have asked for a better medical team. Once I got through the first 24

hours after my C-section, honestly, I could care less that my birth plan went completely in a different

direction – holding my healthy baby boy and looking into his eyes was the most amazing feeling I had

ever experienced. Whether you have a vaginal delivery or a C-section; the ultimate goal is to deliver a

healthy baby and I did just that. I healed extremely well, and a lot sooner than I expected after having

my C-section. I have a small scar that is hardly noticeable, and I can still wear my super cute bikinis

without the scar being seen. I wear my C-section scar with pride, honor, and happiness – as it is a

beautiful reminder that I birthed a little human and for that I am forever grateful and blessed.

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