The Beauty of Cesarean
January 18, 2013 18 Comments
If you’ve been around my blog for long, you probably know that I am a supporter of natural childbirth. It can be an amazing, stunning, bonding, and intense experience. It’s awesome to birth a child without any medical help; to have an unassisted delivery. How, then, can I be writing a post about cesarean sections without being negative?
Simple: I am in awe of the whole thing!
I don’t think there is anything wrong with delivering a baby through this impressive form of surgery. In fact, I think it is amazing that a woman and/or her baby(ies)’ lives can literally be saved within moments, because of it. ♥
So, why have I always been totally and utterly against having one?
And the understanding that my recovery time would be considerably longer after the birth.
Oh - and more fear.
Have I mentioned it scares me to death? O_O I believe I’d have to be knocked out to have one. Just the idea of it!!! *shivers*
Does that mean I would say no if my child’s life was hanging in the balance? Of course not! But I will say that it would take a very stern doctor telling me, “We need to act NOW!” to get me to agree, not just the, “things aren’t progressing” kind of thing.
Many people who support natural childbirth are negative about c-sections; they blame doctors and cause women, who have had one, to feel bad. This isn’t helping anyone! I have never thought of c-sections as unhealthy, unnecessary, or unnatural even. Mamas who have had one (or more) cesareans are holding their little one, and living themselves, largely in part to this wonderful form of childbirth!! We should be praising them, not bashing them or their doctor.
A downside to the c-section is what happens afterward. Unfortunately, for many women it is a hard thing to recover from. They not only have the physical pain to deal with, but they also often need to heal emotionally because the birth was a) stressful, b) scary, c) following a long, hard labor, and/or d) not “how it was supposed to be. And this is all while caring for their newborn(s)! They also may feel like they somehow failed.
Well, I can tell you one thing for sure: No woman, having had a baby, has failed. She has given another human being life! She is beautiful and strong.
If I am blessed with having another child one day, and I find myself in an operating room because my child needs to be born this way, I hope to gain strength from all the lovely women who have gone before me.
Well done, Mamas! ♥♥
By the way, Did you know that there are message boards online where you can share experiences with other women who have also given birth by cesarean section?
Here are a few:
Baby Whisperer (Once you sign up, you can view the pregnancy and childbirth boards)
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