As it gets closer and closer to baby’s due date, I find myself thinking more and more about labor and delivery. This will be my third birth, so I’ve been through this twice already, but I still have so many questions about what will happen! The thing about birth is every baby is a completely new experience.
I know this particularly well because my first two births were total opposites! Both times, I was planning on having a vaginal birth with an epidural. How many times did that actually happen? Zero. Instead I ended up with one C-section delivery under general anesthetic and one med-free birth. Definitely not what I expected.
When I was having my first, I didn’t have a lot of expectations of birth. I just knew I didn’t want to have a C-section if at all possible. When I was 39 weeks, I went in for a routine appointment with plans to have dinner with my husband afterwards. Instead I found myself headed straight to the hospital to have our baby! My amniotic fluid was too low and the cord was around the baby’s neck so my doctor decided we really needed to go ahead and induce. Twenty four hours later, I had still only dilated to five centimeters and nothing much seemed to be happening. So, it was decided we needed to do the one thing I didn’t want: a C-section.