April is C-Section awareness month!
As many of you know, I gave birth to a beautiful healthy baby boy just 5.5 months ago. And I did it via C-Section or Caesarean birth. It was not what I had planned for my birth, but it was clearly what was necessary at the time and it would save both the life of my baby and my own.
Coming from the Yoga world there is a lot of emphasis on “realness” and “being natural” and natural being always better. I am in many regards a very pragmatic person when it comes to these things. Yes, if you can go the natural way, do it, its great and a wonderful solution. However, sometimes, natural just doesn`t cut it (notice the wordplay :-P) and modern medicine is actually the preferable treatment. I believe this to be true for many things including the way women give birth.
I had a pretty easy pregnancy if you ignore the nausea in the first trimester. I felt great, did yoga every day, my baby was healthy and kicking and everything looked promising that my birth would be just as natural and easy. But then something started to change. About 3 weeks before my due date I got really ill with horrible heart burn, headaches, back pain and severe vomiting. When I went to the doctor they found that my blood pressure was unnaturally high and my thrombocytes (the blood platelets that stop the blood from running) were continually dropping. I was sent to the hospital for further testing and it soon became clear that I seemed to suffer from preeclampsia or pregnancy poisoning. Scientists are still not entirely sure what causes this condition but the only cure is to take the baby out. With my symptoms getting increasingly worse the doctors decided to induce labour, still with the intention of me having a natural birth. However,my baby`s heart beat started to drop every time I had a contraction. I was still very much at the beginning of my labour, with my cervix only 2 cm open. In order to give my baby and me the safest possible birth it was decided that I would have a c-section. The team at the hospital was so wonderful, kind and supportive and even though this was not the kind of birth I had imagined, I knew it was the right decision. Nilson was with me in the birthing room, chanting LAM, VAM, RAM while a doctor was cutting through several layers of skin, muscles, and tissue to bring my son into this world. And even though the day had started incredibly frightening it would end up to be the happiest day of my life.
I am aware that there is a tendency to recommend c-sections as “the easy way to give birth”, and that in some countries women are actually forced to give birth that way because it is more profitable and convenient for hospitals. However, in my case it saved both mine and my babies life and I will forever be grateful to the doctors and nurses that accompanied and supported us through this process.