In Praise of C-Sections
My husband and I went in the morning, only to be sent home due to a shortage of nursing staff. Talk about frying your nerves on one of the biggest days of your life. But it turned out to be one of the best things ever because I got the personal attention my husband and I needed. After 20 hours of labor, I was finally dilated, however, I didn't feel much of labor because my epidural put me to sleep. I was woken up and told that it was time to push and meet my beautiful new son. However after two hours of pushing, it became clear that he was not going to be born, he was stuck.
The decision was made and I was prepped for the O.R. and wheeled in for my C-section. I never felt anything, one minute I am talking to my husband, the next my son is laying on my shoulder.
With my second son, I opted to have a repeat C-section, for fear that like his brother, he would be too big. As it turned out, we were right to do the C-section because he was 4 ounces bigger than his brother. I went in on a Monday morning, got prepped and into surgery on time, if you can believe it. Twenty minutes later there was my second child.
Overall, both surgeries went well and were easy to recover from. I honestly think, especially with our first child, my husband was more of a wreck then I was. I will say that there will always be a certain amount of fear about surgery, especially when it concerns your baby. But if you have faith in your doctors, then I say just sit back and enjoy it.
Overall, I have had six surgeries (four others for health issues, another story for another time), but I can say that these two I recovered from faster and better then any of the others.
I hope that in some small way this helps. Both my kids are happy and healthy. My first child was 8 lbs., 2 oz., and my second 8 lbs., 6 oz., so this turned out to be the best possible solution for me.