I decided that this post couldn’t wait until next year, because according to who knows who, every 11 seconds a baby is born around the world! This post benefits everyone because you might not know what may happen the moment you roll through those hospital doors! Cesarean Awareness Month, every April, was created to educate women about cesareans. Today, many countries, including the United States, have increased the number of cesarean sections steadily. These increases have not been due to complications such as viral infections, premature labor, a breeched baby, etc.
You may be planning to be a mum soon, an expecting mum or fairly new to the mum lifestyle! I want to say congratulations! You are blessed beyond measures! Get educated! I think I can speak for a few and say that some women try to avoid cesarean sections at all cost!
C sections are easier. What’re 30 mins to 10+ hours of laboring? It also brings in money to hospitals. After all, it’s major surgery. Two months ago I went to get a Brazilian wax and boy was I scared! I was 5 months postpartum. Now, I am 7 months postpartum and that area surrounding my scar is tender, raised, and itches often! The girl who was blessed to see my tiger stripes and battle wounds went on to explain to me that in Brazil, it’s very rare to see a vaginal delivery. They pull their babies out pretty early. She said she was taken out at 35 weeks! In Brazil, 55% of births are c sections! Why? Because it takes too long to deliver naturally and it should be a fast process.
I know that emergencies come up and the only way to get your baby out is through a c section. Been there. Done that. But expecting mums, don’t get bullied in the doctor’s office or hospital when the time comes. Stand strong and firmly state what you want your experience to be. After all, why waste your time creating an elaborate birthing plan if you aren’t going to stick to it?! I was there for the birth of my daughter physically, but mentally I was OUT. So many expecting mums what to see their baby being delivery, hold them tight as soon as they come out. I didn’t get that experience. Please, please, please, educate yourself and speak up!
P.S. if your birthing experience went WAYYY left for how you could have imagined it (especially if you were banking on a vaginal delivery and walked out with a scar from east to west) don’t feel like you have failed at giving birth. You didn’t fail because you harbored a baby for months in your belly. You were selfless and gave up a piece of yourself so that you could grow a human! STOP self-inflicting shame because you didn’t give birth the “right” way. At the end of the day, you have a beautiful, healthy, happy baby!
Keep On Blossoming, Mum!