I can't tell you how excited I am about being able to birth naturally. Up until a few weeks ago, my baby was breech and the "c" word was being threatened. But luckily, the baby has turned and it's a go.
My DH and I met in 1999. I was a veterinarian and he was a veterinary technician. I am 5 years older than my DH. And yes, I freely admit that I abused my power as a vet to make sure we had similar schedules, etc To be honest, it was an instant and mutual attraction. We tried to hide it from our co-workers, although many had their suspicions. We had been dating for several months, when we got busted eating dinner out together by my boss.
In 2001, my DH got accepted to vet school in London England. We moved there just before 9/11 happened. I had always assumed England was like "little America". I suffered severe culture shock and actually moved home for 9 months. It was really hard on both of us and our relationship. But true love does/did prevail and in Oct of 2002, I moved back to England, adjusted to a new way of life and made the commitment to our life together. In 2003, Dan proposed. We were married on Sept. 18, 2004. Up until meeting Dan, I had actually never wanted children. That instantly changed as soon as we were together. I guess I just needed to find the right person to make me see that.
After only one month of "trying", I found myself pregnant. My pregnancy was fantastic. I did have morning sickness, but no other problems. I had been planning a natural birth, but was definitely not armed with the knowledge that I have now. Into my 36th week, it was discovered that DS was breech. I was pretty devestated and began scrambling for ways to turn the baby. I started seeing an acupuncturist and doing all the exercises. I was scheduled for a version on June 19, but my water broke on June 17 and I started in labor. I went to the hospital and was about 3-4 cm dilated. This is where I get a little angry. If only I had the knowledge I do now. I was told that because my baby was an extended (frank) breech, there was no way that he could be delivered vaginally. I now know that actually this is the BEST breech presentation for vaginally delivery. I consented to a c-section. My time after my c-section was the worst time in my entire life. I suffered severe PPD. At the time, my DH was studying and taking his final exams, we were trying to sell our house to move back to the states, we were packing everything and trying to sell off everything in order to move back to the States, I was recovering from the c-section, BF was not going well (I got severely cracked/bleeding nipples), and my father, who was visiting the UK with my mother to help with the baby, fell deathly ill and was hospitalized for 10 days. Needless to say I tie all those elements into my entire birth experience.
Fast forward to now. I am armed with knowledge and most importantly strength to follow through with my natural birth plan. My DH is on board and I have found an amazing and supportive MW here. I am not selling my house or moving across the Atlantic. I have avenues in place if PPD does rear its ugly head again. This baby was breech up until a few weeks ago, but thanks to a wonderful chiropractor, it is now head down and ready to go. I am so looking forward to this journey and what it will bring. I can't wait to share it with you all as well.
Thanks so much for all your support. I appreciate it so much.