Mother’s Intuition is Real

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Oct 5, 2011 10:34pm

I think it’s safe to say that every woman hopes for a short labor and delivery with no complications — I was blessed to have three such deliveries. I delivered my first born son within 6 hours. My second and third deliveries would prove to be just as easy and progress faster than the first. I naively assumed that my fourth delivery would be the same.

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I was induced with my fourth son on my expected delivery date; we hesitantly decided to go with an elective induction for convenience. My sister was in town to watch my 3 boys at home and my OB was going on vacation the following week. At the time, it seemed like the best plan to schedule an induction.

I did not have to search long and hard to better understand what led to the cesarean birth of our fourth son. I knew exactly why the experience impacted me so profoundly. I knew the facts, I did my homework, I studied the statistics and still I ignored them. I became a statistic.

My heart, my instincts, my mother’s intuition led me to believe that I was not ready to deliver. I did not have peace about my decision to induce. My body had not given me any signs that it was preparing or ready for delivering my boy. In spite of the red flags, I pushed back my fears, renewed my calm and went along with the induction. I was not surprised when my labor did not progress, my body was not responding properly to the pitocin. After hours of laboring and baby becoming distressed, my OB decided a c-section was necessary.

I was heartbroken. My worst fear had come to fruition. To make the situation worse, I lost a large amount of blood due to a stubborn vein. I remember observing a very nervous, pale doctor as he called out for blood. In those moments, my only thoughts were with my boys… what would happen to my boys if something happened to me.

When a cesarean is necessary, it can be a life saving technique for both mother and infant. Many experts think as many as half of all C-sections are unnecessary. In 2004, 29 percent of babies in the U.S. were born by C-section, an increase of more than 40 percent since 1996.

Below are 5 helpful tips to avoid an unnecessary cesarean section.

  1. Let labor take its natural course.
  2. Educate yourself about labor and birth
  3. Don’t get induced unless medically necessary – If the body isn’t ready, an induction might fail and a woman may end up having a C-section. This appears to be more likely if the cervix is not yet ripe.
  4. Stay at home as long as possible
  5. Have support in the delivery room – Doulas, or birth assistants, can help a mother progress naturally when she’s in labor.

My C-section was by far the most difficult part of my pregnancies. It was not the delivery I had envisioned but I was blessed and thankful to leave the hospital with a healthy baby boy.

Now it’s your turn! What was the best or most difficult moment of your pregnancy?

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I’ve had three babies, and each delivery happened faster than the previous delivery. Well, with our third baby, I was pretty much ready to deliver when they got me to my room. The doctor was really laid back and actually let my husband deliver our daughter. It was a really special moment for all of us and now we have a great story to tell her as she grows. With us living 45 minutes away from the hospital, I guess the doctor just figured my husband needed the practice for the next go round. :)

Posted by: Janna | October 6, 2011 8:08 pm

I made a huge mistake and did not trust my mother’s intuition with my first pregnancy. The OB told me my baby was going to be to big to deliver vaginally and pushed for a c-section. After weeks of badgering and told I “it would be too hard”, I caved and made the appt for the surgery. How could I know more than my OB? Boy was I wrong. I had no signs of going into labor and wasn’t really prepared for what I was about to experience. The c-section experience was awful and if I could have left the OR I would have. I gave birth to a healthy 8lb boy…not the 9 or 10 lb baby my OB predicted. I didn’t get to hold my baby until he was 3+ hours old. I didn’t get get give him his first bath…the nurse did. So many “firsts” I missed out on. To make a really long story short…I had PPD but didn’t realize it until my son was a year old. But from this experience I was able to give birth to my second son on my terms. I hired a midwife, a doula and rented a birthing tub. I had another c-section but this time it was medically necessary and I didn’t have the depression I experienced the first time around. Listen to your intuition mamas…you will always know best!

Posted by: Jen | October 6, 2011 9:10 pm

My oldest child was born in the hospital 24 yrs ago. It was an amazingly smooth pregnancy and labor and delivery. The doctor came in and asked the nurse if I had anything for delivery. They ended up giving me a local, which I probably didn’t need.

My other two children were born at home with a midwife. Both also were amazingly smooth pregnancies and deliveries. Very noneventful as far as births go. Praise GOD!

The hospital birth was rather cold and impersonal. My friends talked me into a midwife long before my husband and I thought about or knew we were going to have more children. I’m so glad they did. I learned it was important not to go around and tell people we were going to have our babies at home if they didn’t have the same kind of faith or understanding as we do, and to stand on our faith and trust GOD through all of my pregnancies, labor, and deliveries. :)

The best advice I ever received was from a girlfriend. She said, “Everybody’s experience is different, so don’t listen to their experience expecting it to be like yours.”

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