My Pregnancy Story: Dealing with 2 C-Sections
You read that right, 2 Cesareans!
My first pregnancy, I dealt with a breech (meaning the baby’s head did not go down and I was about 2 weeks to my due date, so after the recommendation of my Doula and other medical personnel, we did what is known as a “Version”.
An External Cephalic Version, (ECV), is a manual procedure that attempts to turn the baby so that they are no longer feet or buttocks first. I was given an anesthesia, had a Obstetrician, two nurses, and my Doula. Both, baby and I, had on monitors, catheter, and once the spinal anesthesia took effect things got very hands-on. I must admit that I did not feel any pain, I was also tilted backwards a bit, and I could say I only felt hands on my stomach. The ECV took a while, and then the baby’s seemed to be under stress and I could say after what seemed like 4 attempts, which lead to the baby going right back into breach position, and having the Doctor standing over me in the attempts to move the baby, I was examined. I was 5 cm dilated, and any further attempts were stopped. I had to stay overnight, to make sure I didn’t go into labor and wouldn’t continue to dilate, I was discharged the following day.
After being released from the hospital, that night, my water broke.
I know the immediate response would be to panic, but DON’T! I took a shower, while telling my child’s father what to put into the hospital bag, since I thought I still had time. And when I was ready, we went to the hospital. The contractions felt like when you get sick to your stomach and get bad cramps that would lead you to have explosive diarrhea once you put your behind on the toilet. That’s what it was like. I couldn’t count anything, because I just wanted to (excuse the T.M.I.) I wanted to be left alone to take a poop. The nurses on staff did not seem to preoccupied, because I wasn’t in pain, I just needed to poop. When the pooping controlled itself and I had to lay down to be examined…I was fully dilated and THAT WAS A PROBLEM!!!!!! What was supposed to be my first magical doula birth, immediately turned into a running race to the operating room, and it was now an EMERGENCY C-SECTION!
With no time for the Anesthesiologist to administer a spinal anesthesia, I was going to go under with the help of gas.
I remember being told, not to push, let me explain something which instead of explaining I might’ve yelled, “There is NO pushing going on by you, the pushing that was going on was my baby trying to get out,” I was not pushing! I cursed, and cursed, and the last thing I said before going to sleep (which literally happened immediately, like I blinked and was gone) was to wait until I was “under” to put the catheter up my privates, lol (they did) because of course that would have to take precedence over them cutting me open to remove my child.
Two Years Later…
I am once again pregnant, in a different state, going to a different OB/GYN. Oh, and of course, my baby is breeched. This time around, I still thought I could have a normal delivery, so I was upset when I found that my child was breeched. Then I found out, no worries, my OB/GYN had no interest in attempting an ECV, nor was I going to have a vaginal delivery. You see, my OB/GYN, did not do “vaginal deliveries” after the women have had C-Sections. So, automatically, I was going to have another cesarean whether I was for it or against it. To far along to change OB/GYN’s, I decided to go ahead and stay, deal with what I had already experienced, but this time I was going to at least attempt to schedule the C-Section because I did not want to get another Emergency C-Section. It was planned, scheduled, and we stuck to that schedule. It went well, fast, I was awake this time around, I could see everything around me, and was able to see my child immediately upon his arrival into the world. It felt a little selfish, because it was planned and it wasn’t when he chose to arrive into the planet, but he was here.
Have any of you experienced an ECV? A C-Section? What was your pregnancy story like? What would you change?