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Posted on: March 18, 2019 at 3:00 pm
Last updated: March 26, 2019 at 4:45 pm

As more and more birth stories sweep their way across blogs and social media, let’s take a moment to appreciate the moms who don’t get as much recognition as they should.

You see, some moms don’t get to choose their story. We need to remember that all birth is beautiful and neither method of bringing a new life into this world should be labeled as ‘better’ than another. Let’s take a moment to appreciate C-section moms.

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There are misconceptions pertaining to both natural birth and cesarean sections. There are fears and a list of potential short- and long-term risks and complications. It’s true that a woman’s body is capable of amazing things, and while this body was built to carry and birth a child, we are also pretty lucky that our medicine is advanced enough to help us, should we need. After 9-months of pregnancy, we should remember that it matters less on how your baby gets here, and more if everyone is safe and healthy.

Cesarean section stories don’t always receive the most recognition, but these women deserve sincere appreciation for what they’ve encountered and gone through in order to bring their child into this world.

First off, a cesarean section is a form of major surgery and being prepared for this procedure would be scary for anyone. This mom may have had different plans for her birth story, maybe this c-section wasn’t in her vision when her plans suddenly changed. There are a number of different reasons as to why a c-section may be required to protect the health of mom and baby, for example [1]:

  • If a c-section has been performed in the past, or if there have been other surgeries on the uterus
  • Concerns with the placenta, such as placenta previa, which can cause dangerous bleeding during vaginal birth.
  • If an infection such as HIV or genital herpes is present, these infections can be passed along to baby during vaginal birth, making a c-section safer
  • Moms with medical conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure are more likely to have c-sections
  • Cesarean sections are a common practice for the case of multiples (twins, triplets or more)

There are also complications that affect natural labor and birth, where a c-section may be required [1]:

  • If labor doesn’t progress
  • For large babies
  • Babies in breech position, where the feet are facing down
  • The umbilical cord is pinched
  • If the baby is in distress

In these cases, a c-section may be safer than vaginal birth [1].

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While a c-section may be “what’s best” for this mom, she may have to let go of her vision on how she is going to meet her baby for the first time. C-section moms are brave because when being prepped for this surgery, they are often alone in the operating room, their partner won’t be allowed in until the epidural has been administered and all the medical staff is in their place. This very pregnant mom is often left alone with only her thoughts of what the procedure will bring, she has to accept that she will face new wounds and scars, and undergo a longer recovery process [2].

These c-section moms are strong. While some have had weeks to prepare for the surgery, some only have days, hours or minutes. As humans, we don’t cope well with sudden change like this. After any major surgery, many of us would want to be curled up in bed with Netflix, soup, and popsicles, but these moms now need to nurture and care for a newborn while they endure this recovery process.

While all pregnancies leave their marks. C-section moms should know that they are beautiful. Their scar is a reminder of their strength and bravery. These moms should not try to hide this scar, they should be proud of what their body was and is capable of and the beautiful life that they created.

Let’s take a moment to appreciate C-section moms. Their stories matter.

  1. Medical Reasons for a C-Section https://www.marchofdimes.org/pregnancy/c-section-medical-reasons.aspx
  2. Vaginal Birth vs. C-Section: Pros & Cons https://www.livescience.com/45681-vaginal-birth-vs-c-section.html
  3. Having a C-Section https://www.marchofdimes.org/pregnancy/having-a-c-section.aspx
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