Asked by Anonymous
I’d love to share all birth stories, they’re all welcome, although the focus is on natural births.
Still there are SOME medical conditions that do warrant a NECESSARY c-section, and I would never want a mom to feel like her story wasn’t/isn’t good enough to share.
Please submit once you welcome your baby!!
tl;dr - I had a baby.
The evening before I went into labor, Marco and I went out to dinner at our usual place in town, Maud’s Tavern. I wasn’t very hungry (which is strange for me — I’m aways hungry) so I only had half of a chicken caesar salad. We spent the rest of the evening being us, which…
This might make you cry:
“You were born in your caul, you swam out between my legs. It was 10.09pm, your Dad watched and told me how amazing it was to watch you come into the water in your caul and watch it float off your face, “Almost like a veil lifting” he said. Teresa encouraged me and coaxed me in my still shocked state to reach down and pick you up as I statedI wanted to do this (Your Dad was about to dive in if I didn’t). I looked down and for what seemed like much longer than it really was I saw your gorgeous face looking up at me, eyes open, arms moving slowly. The moment you and I shared staring at each other will always be imprinted firmly in my memory and the overwhelming feeling of love and pure joy as I reached down and brought you up out of the water, into air and into my arms where you took your first breath.”
Sunday I was admitted into L&D because of high blood pressure. I was actually on my way to a party with my husband but I just was not feeling well so I told him to stop by L&D so I can check my pressure. Turns out it was very high and I had 3 plus protein in my urine. The Dr was saying that I would need to deliver in 24 hours. I was in SHOCK! That was not apart of my plan but then again God is the ultimate planner right. I was just thinking that after starting to practice hypnobabies, my stretching and breathing, and working out to prepare myself for birth all that would be thrown out the window because I would be having a C-section;in 24 hours. He made this decision because with the high blood pressure I had I was also showing sighs of Preeclampsia. I had blurred vision, vomiting, pain on the right side on my stomach which was my liver swelling up and my body was swelling too. My feet, hands and face felt tighter than the normal pregnancy swelling that morning. I was glad that I know my body and listened to my intuition. Usually I would wait, drink water, maybe eat some raw food and put my foot up. You know, natural yaddi style, lol. But things were just too different this time..
On a side note, although I kept a level head because in situations
you have to keep calm in order to make the best decision. I was a
little angry and I know my husband was too.. I think his anger was
more of a concern because he and I both try to do thing holistic. He
is not a fan of hospitals, especially after seeing “The Business of Being
Born”. & he knew I wanted a peaceful home birth!
Ok I am angry about my diagnosis, but that’s my placenta’s fault not
the hospitals. I am angry with the hospital because of the cookie
cutter way in which they treated the diagnosis of preeclampsia. I
know they have to just tell you what the deal is, straight forward no
matter how hard. That’s policy but still… Is all they saw was a woman
showing signs of preeclampsia who was 30 weeks pregnant. And as
far as they were concerned I needed to deliver that baby right then
and there, not a week from then, not lets hold out for 3 days but right
then to 24 hours.
back to the story..
It was all so new to me so I asked him to start with getting my pressure down because I did not plan on a c section nor did I want to rush into anything to fast. (NEVER just allow them hospitals to do as they please, you still need to have some control) So We watched my pressure for 24 hours while they did a 24 hour urine test. The urine tests determines how bad the preeclampsia is. So were waiting on the urine test… I’m in my room by now, in hospital gown, having magnesium pumped into me to slow down my whole system and what it was creating. This was so I would not have any seizures.
I also had an ultrasound that night and the baby was fine, the fluid, measurments, weight etc was perfect. It was just my body wanting to go into seizures because that what would have eventually happened if I didnt make the choice to go. Monday night the urine came back and it had 8000 plus protein, my liver had enflamed and my kidneys were not doing what they were suppose to be doing. Within an hour I was in the operation room bent over a chair about to get an epidural which I am NOT a advocate for. But ofcourse I was about to be cut open I had to get one. I had no choice but to have a c section. I was only 30 weeks and 5 days along my cervix was nowhere near ready and the baby was not low enough to deliver vaginally. If they induced me it would have been stress on the baby and I more than likely would have ended up with a c-section.
He was delvered at 8:24pm weighing 2.14lbs and 15 inches on August 27, 2012. We named him Khalid Nasir. Khalid means Eternal and Nasir means Warrior. I’m eternally grateful for my little warrior prince.
I was placed in the high risk unit for a week and he is in the NICU still. He will be in there until his due date November 1st but if he does well enough he will be home way before that, Inshallah! I think he will be home late September, early October, He’s already hit so many NICU milestones within one week. I’m proud of my baby.
Now, I have to get back to pumping that Liquid gold, thats the key to a healthy preemie!
Peace and love!