What is it all about?
Even when we were 12 days past our due date and went into the hospital to be induced, we didn’t think about having a c-section. It was only when labour never progressed all weekend and we got to late Monday Morning when the word C-Section was mentioned by the doctors. At that point, all I was concerned about was getting baby girl out safely. My husband and I were both tired and we just wanted her in my arms.
My husband had gone to get something to eat when the doctors came in with the c-section consent form. It was quite funny because I was high on gas and air when they were explaining it to me so I would have agreed to anything at that point. I do remember them saying something to me about blood loss and a hysterectomy but my brain wasn’t functioning correctly. Afterward I realised that I actually had a quite serious operation, and a c-section is not the easy way out. It wasn’t in my birth plan and not what I wanted. I wrote about my Birth Story in the previous post.
The recovery is hard. I found it hard to walk without tearing open my stitches, found it hard to lift baby girl out of her crib in the middle of the night, and found it hard not being able to drive for 6 weeks….
That is not including the allergic reaction to the chemical wash I had all over my stomach, it was like a burn. Bags of frozen peas were my friends for a while!
So back to Cesarean Awareness Month, What is it all about? Well, it aims to raise awareness of cesareans and educate people, all around the world. The campaign supports the need to reduce cesareans in women who do not need them and who will not benefit from a cesarean over a vaginal birth. The campaign also supports mothers who have a vaginal birth after a cesarean (VBAC).
The campaign also raises the fact that there is a lack of awareness of the complications of a cesarean.
The risks include:
- Increased risk of Infection
- Blood clots
- Intense longer lasting pain, therefore, more hospital visits
- Higher blood loss, therefore, greater risk of having to have a hysterectomy