April: C-Section Awareness Month
Every pregnant woman hopes for a short labor and delivery with no complications, manageable contractions, some pushing, and then a beautiful baby.
But it doesn’t always work out that way. Some babies need to be delivered via cesarean section (C-section). Your health care provider may suggest that you have a c-section because of complications that make vaginal birth unsafe.
Truths about c-section mothers.
- C-Section mothers are brave. Being prepped for a C-section is not easy. Many times, a mother’s partner is not allowed in OR until after the epidural has been administered and everyone has “taken their place.” This means that while doctors and nurses move about, readying the operating room for delivery, a strong pregnant woman sits on a cold operating table considering what lies before her – often scared and often feeling very alone. In these moments, a woman undergoing a C-section must hold onto the strong and fierce love she has for her baby. She knows that in this moment, this is what is best for her child, even though that means a major surgery with real wounds and scars.
- C-Section mothers are strong. There aren’t many mothers who will say that a c-section was what they had first envisioned when they thought about giving birth. A c-section is a medical necessity in the best of situations. Some mothers have weeks to mentally prepare for a change in their plans, but many only have days, hours, or minutes. Suddenly when surgery lies before her. She doesn’t know how long she’ll have to wait after birth before she holds her baby in her arms.
After a C-section, full recovery often takes months. Emotionally and physically, these women are extremely strong. And this strength must endure in the weeks and months and years ahead – as their bodies heal, crafting new dreams with their little ones in their arms.