Saturday, September 24, 2011

On Whales and Major Surgery

What? A vaguely timely project update? It couldn't be!

Ah, but it is. 

Project Baby is well underway. In my last update, I talked about how I'm feeling a wee bit...whale-ish. Well, I weighed myself this morning and I've lost two pounds in the last week. *Pats self on back*

Hey, it's a start, right? 

Now, on to something new. 

While labor and delivery are way, way, way, way off into the future, Adriel on Mommyhood Memos (wicked awesome/sweet blog that you should check out) has posted a video on "natural cesarean sections." While my end goal, besides delivering and raising a healthy and happy baby/child, is to have a natural birth, preferably at a birth center (versus the hospital)....or maybe....just home? (I don't know if it's a wise/responsible idea to go from having a c-section to giving birth at home, but it's a thought, right?)

Anyway, because anything can happen and a c-section may become necessary, finding this video made me feel loads and loads better about the idea of possibly having another c-section. I did not have a traumatizing experience previously. I had a really great experience, actually, but it still wasn't what I wanted. And I want what I want this next time around, but things happen, plans change, and we have to make accommodations. As much as I don't want to prep my brain for a c-section (because I feel as though that will make the likelihood of having one that much greater), I receive some comfort from this alternative. The video is below and is totally fascinating (though, be warned, the show a c-section being performed, so if you're squeamish, you may want to skip that part).


SUPAHMAMA! said...

I think that just might be the most trauma free cesarean I've ever seen. I wonder how I could go about convincing my own hospital that this should be an option. I don't see myself having any more children any time soon, but I think that is a fabulous idea for hospitals to consider!

Kirsten said...

I agree. I sort of think this should be standard policy, especially with everything we know now about the importance of skin to skin contact between mother and child and mother/child bonding.

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