Have you thought about what type of cesarean section you’d have if your birth called for one unexpectedly?
When I was pregnant with Levi, I prepared for a natural birth through our local birthing center. I was hoping to have an unmedicated water birth (or at least labor in water), but when I showed up to the birthing center at six centimeters dilated after many hours of active labor at home, we discovered that our little boy was breech.
Not long after I was being wheeled into surgery to have him delivered by c/section.
Although I was disappointed in the change of plans, it wasn’t at all traumatic. I had a beautiful birth experience and was just so happy to have my son finally in my arms. (It also helped that I went into labor spontaneously and so I knew that both he and I were ready.)
I had considered the possibility of something happening to warrant a c/section, but I hadn’t thought through the details of what I hoped for should the possibility turn into a reality.
With this birth, I have!
Although I am planning on having an all-natural VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean) using non-medical pain-coping methods, I am well-aware that things can change mid-labor! I’ve put a small section in my “birth preferences” that list a couple of requests in the event that I need a repeat c/section… and then I found this video! It perfectly describes the type of caesarean I would like if the need arises:
Dear friends, I encourage you to have a look at this video and think about your own birth preferences. Even if they are different to mine, it’s worth taking the time to decide how much of your birth experience you’d like to shape… as well as some alternatives in case things change for you along the way.