Mary Lynn Rajskub on Preparing for Labor
But at 38 weeks pregnant, what was I going to do? When you're that far along, it's almost impossible to find someone who'll take you. Still, I made up my mind that I was going to have a homebirth and I began preparing for labor at my house. We rushed and met a doula, and I took a hypnotherapy class, as a method of learning to breathe and find a focal point, that sort of thing. We had talked to the teacher and she helped me meet a midwife who agreed to deliver the baby.
But after all that preparing for a home labor, things didn't go as planned. I labored at home for 24 hours, and I just wasn't making any progress. My baby was stuck in my birth canal and I just couldn't push anymore. So I ended up being rushed to the hospital. And guess what? The doctor on call was the SAME doctor who I'd fired just two weeks before! Talk about awkward! So, there I was, having an emergency C-section with the doctor I'd severed ties with, the midwife, the doula, and my boyfriend. I went through the pain of the C-section but also all that labor beforehand. But for some reason, that's what my body wanted to do.
Maybe I should've realized earlier on what kind of birth I wanted. Still, even if I had planned a home birth and prepared for a natural labor from the beginning, it doesn't mean I wouldn't have ended up in the hospital, right? I don't regret my decision at all, and I know I was really lucky. But honestly, I knew I took it to both extremes, and I think the answer lies somewhere in the middle. What do you think?
Besides being a mom, actress Mary Lynn Rajskub is best known as Chloe on 24.
What else is on Mary's mind? Check out her thoughts on her Baby Separation Problem.