It is always so great to receive positive birth stories from former clients and this one is no exception. I often have couples contacting me nervous about having to have a Caesarean - so being able to share stories like these is such a help. Great to see such support from the staff in CUMH for this family - helping them to create a lovely atmosphere for their baby entering the world.
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I just wanted to update you on how everything went for us. Our baby joined us in June by planned Caesarean. We did everything we could to try to turn him back around but no joy. Everything went great with the section.
Before we left the house we listened to one of the GentleBirth tracks to get us in the zone! We arrived at the hospital in the morning and spent the time waiting making a playlist for when we went down to theatre. We arrived down with phone and speaker ready to go. I never thought I'd feel that excited to be having an operation! The only little hiccup was that the spinal block had to be repeated because it didn't work properly on first go. The staff were amazing and continued explaining to me what was going on. And as importantly went outside to keep my partner informed as well. My breath became really important at this point to keep me focused. When we were ready we got our music playing. The staff were really curious as to why we were arriving with a speaker in hand. Apparently people don't really do that but they were more than accommodating and it created an almost party atmosphere in the room. Out little baby was born within a few minutes and he was asleep! Once they woke him to make sure he was ok we had our skin to skin. Our baby was born on Wednesday and we came home on Saturday.
Lots of people have asked if I felt disappointed that I ended up having a section. I hadn't planned on having a section but I don't feel disappointed in the slightest. I have a healthy baby and I'm recovering well so I have nothing to feel disappointed about. I just wanted to share that thought because when I've spoken to others it seems like they feel they failed or haven't fully experienced childbirth (or something) if they had a section.
I just wanted to say that the GentleBirth weekend and app really supported us both. I think it gave us both great perspective and helped be both prepared but also ready for changes. Thanks for everything!