Take a few minutes and introduce yourself- Tell us who you are, where you live, and of course - about your children. Also, take a few minutes and share your c-section experience.
Hi guys, I'm Karen - moderator to the C/Section support board. I'm 24 and mommy to two little guys. Alexander, my oldest at 2.5, was born via c-section after 14 hours of labor. Andrew, my baby boy, was born via scheduled repeat c-section nearly 5 months ago. I've been married to my DH for just about 3 years, and I work as a Nursing Assistant in a long-term care facility (and will be going back to school to finish my nursing degree). Here are my stories:
My first c-section: April 10, 2002. After 14 hours of labor, we agree to a c/s. The baby's heartrate wasn't stable during contrax and though I fully dilated and effaced, they didn't think either of us would make it through pushing. My epidural from labor had been tapered off, and they did not believe me when I said I could feel everything. I experienced my first c-section without any anthesia. I had a panic attack as soon as the baby was born, because of the immense pain I was in - and was immediately put under a general anethesia so the OBs could close me up. I woke up about 4.5 hours later, totally drugged, not remembering the surgery and not knowing what had happened with the baby (we did not know the gender with our first).
My second c-section: August 11, 2004. After 3 days of contractions, I stalled at 2 CM. Later, we discovered that his head was wedged at a weird angle in my pelvis, and that is why we had troubles. I agree to a repeat c/s, and we schedule it for the following day. Much more relaxed, definitely an easygoing experience. Had a Spinal Block for the surgery, and was completely numb from the chest down. Made jokes with the OB and nursing staff during the surgery. Watch the baby being pulled out, and my DH cut the cord. Saw Andrew before they took him to be weighed and cleaned off. As they started to close, I panicked again slightly, which my OB later informed me happens quite frequently because apparently they lift the entire uterus out of your abdomen to sew it properly. (TMI, anyone?) Was in recovery and awake w/in 30 minutes of the surgery. Stood up and moved to a recliner after 4 hours. The catheter was pulled first thing the following day, and I was up walking immediately after that.
I still experience negative feelings towards the births, since I did not deliver vaginally, but at the same time, am starting to realize that without the c-sections, I would not have either of my beautiful little boys.
Welcome to the board - I look forward to getting to know each and every one of you!