4 Amazing and True C-Section Stories
The first time I witnessed a c-section as a student nurse, I was a little worried that I might pass out on the floor, a nondescript observer unnoticed in the corner while the surgical team went about their business until one of them tripped over me, ruining their sterile field.
Luckily, I made it through, and aside from a few overwhelming moments (cauterizing is not my favorite, let's just say that much), it was actually a really cool experience. Maybe for my sake, or maybe it just happened to be that particular doctor's style, but after the baby was delivered into the hands of the waiting labor and delivery nurse, the doctor actually removed the entire uterus and rested it on what was left of the woman's abdomen for inspection.
I remember standing there in awe, looking at this plain, unimpressive organ that had just done some incredible work over the course of 40 weeks, marveling that it could actually be brought outside before being safely tucked back inside.
C-sections, like vaginal births, are everyday occurrences that when you think about it, are actually quite miraculous.
And here are true c-section stories that might just amaze you even more.
The baby-less c-section. In Brazil, many news sources reported the story of a woman who presented to the hospital with what appeared to be a pregnant belly and contractions. After finding no heartbeat, doctors rushed her in for an emergency c-section only to find … she wasn't actually pregnant.
Sadly, this case is probably a case of a woman needing some mental health counseling, as it was her second faked pregnancy that year.
The one where a woman did her own c-section. When I first came across this story in a book about obstetrics, I honestly didn't even believe it. No! I thought. No one could actually do that! I had to do a little digging myself to find out if this remarkable story was actually true–and lo and behold, it totally was. As BBC News (among others) reported, a woman in Mexico who had complications during previous deliveries and was eight hours from a hospital actually took a knife from her kitchen and successfully delivered her own baby via a self-inflicted c-section. Incredibly, both she and her baby survived.
The tried-everything-in-the-book c-section. Even after working almost three years in labor and delivery, I was still a little shocked by this story, courtesy of fellow Everyday Family writer Mindi Stavish. After carefully constructing a birth plan and going into labor naturally “as planned,” Mindi ended up with nearly every intervention in the books–from her baby's heart rate going down to three separate attempts with a vacuum extractor to an episiotomy, Mindi's doctors determined–with her baby already sticking out of her–that she needed an emergency c-section. “After sticking most of his arm up my parts,” Mindi writes, she was rushed to the operating room, where she also experienced complications on the table. Luckily, everything ended up ok in the end and Mindi is now the mother of three children.
The perfect c-section. Many women tend to equate c-sections as “failures,” as if they somehow could have prevented what otherwise would have been a perfect start into motherhood. Truth? Nothing about motherhood is perfect, but a c-section can still be a joyful and empowering birth experience. As Krystal Cleaver writes on the blog, Birth Without Fear, a natural birth was very important to her, so after finding out that she needed a c-section because her baby was in the breach position, she talked with her doctors about incorporating skin-to-skin into the surgery–and was surprised when they agreed! “I happily announced the sex of the baby as the nurse brought my beautiful daughter, Harper Adison, to me and laid her on my chest,” Krystal wrote. “While my situation was not the hypno-birthing, drug free, natural experience I had spent my pregnancy preparing for, I realize now it was a perfect birth nonetheless.”
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