Tag Archives: Labor & Delivery

The Night They Were Born

Courtesy of Kristine Putz Birthdays work different for most preemie mommas. See, for most of us, the night our kid/kids were born was traumatic. For most of us, either our health was in danger and/or the lives of our children were in danger. We held our breath as we waited to hear whether or not our children were alive. So, as I approach the second birthday of my twins, I am filled with many emotions. Yes, I am grateful. Yes, I am thankful. But you know what? […]

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I Almost Died During Childbirth

FatCamera/Getty Emergency C-section. Two blood transfusions. Septic shock. Multi-system organ failure. Emergency dialysis, and seven excruciating days away from my newborn son later, I realized how naive I was to think that “nobody dies during childbirth anymore.” I was admitted to the hospital at 39 weeks gestation.What was supposed to be an exciting time developed into a living nightmare when I spiked a 103 degree fever out of the blue. At around midnight, I started shaking uncontrollably. My doctor rushed in and ordered an EKG stat, because […]

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10 Surprising Things That Happened After Having A C-Section

Scary Mommy and Westend61/Getty I first went into labor at 35 weeks and earned myself an overnight stay in the hospital, during which time my contractions stalled and I remained dilated at four centimeters. Two weeks and no progress later (although I did feel like the twins were going to fall out of me onto the floor of Babies “R” Us), I endured 12 more hours of horrid contractions. And although fully dilated, I could not push the babies out, so I ended up in C-section land. […]

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A Letter From Your Labor Nurse: I’m Grateful For You Too

Scary Mommy and dimarik/Getty When I felt my baby girl kick me for the first time, I felt a million different things. The joy of new life. The fear of the unknown. The awe of the human body. All the things I’d been told that I might feel, I think I felt. But, in that sweet, quiet moment, I felt other things too. That teeny tiny kick was my first gentle nudge towards staying at home with my girl and walking away from you. A sweet suggestion that […]

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I’m An OB/GYN Who Had A Preemie Baby By C-Section With Inadequate Anesthesia

Pixabay It was a Friday morning like any other Friday morning. And then the contractions started. I was used to having contractions. Our daughter had a rare intestinal malformation called duodenal atresia and it caused me to have extra amniotic fluid. Babies normally swallow amniotic fluid, but for our baby, the fluid couldn’t go past her stomach and the extra fluid backed up to high levels around her, something called polyhydramnios. Contractions are a common side effect. But this day — the day I turned 32 weeks […]

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My Twins Were Born At 27 Weeks

Courtesy of Jennifer Canvasser Trigger warning: child loss Despite my healthy pregnancy and doing everything “right,” my twins were born at 27 weeks gestation, about 90 days before their due date. I didn’t even make it into the third trimester. Like most parents of preemies, I was completely unprepared for our new life in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). My babies were delivered via emergency C-section and whisked away to fight for their lives. I didn’t get to see them until several hours after they were […]

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It Took Years To ‘Get Over’ My Traumatic Childbirth Experiences

Courtesy of Taylor Garvin Now, to be clear, no one was asking me to “get over” my C-sections, but it was definitely something I had to work through. Leading up to the birth of my daughter, I didn’t really prepare in any way at all, except reading one book, where I intentionally skipped the part on C-sections. I honestly thought it was something reserved for extremely special circumstances/complications. And if it was the case, for myself, I probably would have been aware of it, prior to. I wanted to […]

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Ditch Your Birth Plan (Yes, Really)

Courtesy of Jessica Berta “Get a shoelace to clamp the umbilical cord,” my landlord relayed the 911 dispatcher’s instructions as I lay on the kitchen floor, a pool of blood beneath me. My husband pulled a lace from his Vans sneaker and said, “Does it matter if it’s filthy?” Our newborn was on my belly covered in a towel. Here’s what I was not thinking in that moment: “Didn’t our birth plan note delayed clamping of the umbilical cord for at least three minutes?” No, I was […]

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I Suffered A Secondary Postpartum Hemorrhage After My C-Section

Courtesy of Jess Waldron Ten days after I gave birth to my daughter, I suffered from what is called a secondary postpartum hemorrhage. Between my emergency c-section and the hemorrhage, I lost half of my blood volume. It took me six weeks to stop bleeding, three months to let go of the blood anxiety, and eight months to feel like I was fully functioning again. Fourteen months later, I still have an imprint on my back from the epidural that I was on for two days. This […]

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I Am Headed Into My Third C-Section With Zero Shame

Sharon McCutcheon/Unsplash Believe it or not, I am really looking forward to my third and final C-section. I know massive abdominal surgery isn’t usually the kind of thing that someone anticipates like a weekend away, but I kind of am. Before you think I’ve lost all sense of reason, hear me out. I have had two other C-sections, so I am totally aware of the process. I know there is going to be anxiety, pain, and hard recovery days. But my C-section is unavoidable. I had an […]

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