I learned about this way to help moms process their cesareans from the Birth after Cesaren Blog
Listing 10 positive things, not including Devon, that came about from my cesarean. I think it is sometimes hard to see beyond the baby you get. It has been 10 years and a long journey to get where I can see with a different perspective then right after Devon was born. The birth I had hoped for, did not happen, but I learned a lot from it.
Here are my 10 positive things that came about from my cesarean birth of Devon.
- Appreciation that birth is unpredictable. It is ideal to plan for the best, but understand that sometimes things come up that lead your birth in a different way. Being flexible can help.
- Personal understanding that cesareans are sometimes medically necessary and life saving.
- Physical experience of recovering from a cesarean. Knowing how challenging that can be. I think this helps me have a good base to talk to others from. For moms I doula who end up with a cesarean, I think it helps me appreciate their recovery better.
- The trauma of Devon’s birth led me to seek out hypnosis to help me deal with the emotions that I knew I needed to deal with. This has led me to an incredible understanding of how powerful our minds can be. It has also led me to become a Hypnobabies Childbirth Educator.
- VBACs are possible and can be wonderful with the right supportive careprovider!
- I am now very active and interested in women’s birthing rights. It is sad to me to see how many women end up with unnecessary cesareans. If I had a vaginal birth with all my boys, I may not have become a birth activist.
- Because of what I have learned about birth and how the medical management of things can lead to problems, I am now more proactive in learning about other areas of my families health.
- I really appreciate the vaginal birth of Carson and Bryson.
- I am a member of ICAN! A great organization, that I may not have joined if I didn’t have a cesarean.
- I am a more compassionate person.
It was hard to come up with 10 and took me awhile. If you had a cesarean, give it a try. Be patient with yourself, I have had 10 years to see some! 🙂