Love letters to C-section moms (Essay)

DSCF8627I get the excited phone call just after lunch: Baby is here! Everyone is healthy and happy. And of course the inevitable condensed version of the labour: No interventions, no drugs. I want to give them both a high five. I’m crying with happiness. But a part of me is also feeling like shit. Read more

What you should never say to a C-section mom 

IMG_7560 b&w(Today’s Parent)  I’m not going to name names, but after my first c-section, someone had the gall to inform me I was lucky because I got to forego labour. It wasn’t the first boneheaded comment someone made about my C-sections but it was maybe the most presumptuous. Read more

What I wish I’d know about having a c-section

DSCF8642It was the labour that would never end, and the baby that would never descend. No amount of walking, exercise balling and pitocin-ing was working, and after four days we finally waved the white flag. I remember a doctor standing at the foot of my bed while they prepped the OR, and asking, “Do you have any questions?” Read more

C-Sections Aren’t a Failure, They’re a Success 

child-1283178_640(Yummy Mummy Club)  Even as they were wheeling me into the operating room, I couldn’t believe it was actually happening. The C-section the doula in our prenatal class had warned us about. The C-section she said we wouldn’t need because our bodies know how to give birth. Read story here

When your body lets you down (Essay)

DSCF1661-1024x682I couldn’t give birth to my daughter. I tried, the midwives tried, the on-call doctor tried, the drugs tried. Even the hippie new-age hypnosis tracks tried. But for some reason, after days of labour, my body just wasn’t going to send my daughter down the birth canal. So I had a C-section. I should feel blessed. But I for months, all I felt was grief. Read more

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