I have two beautiful boys, both born via caesarean. The first was an emergency c-section as my son Raff’s heart rate was dropping and I hadn’t even started labour yet. My second birth was a scheduled c-section. I would be lying if I said I didn’t feel cheated of the experience to deliver naturally.
I spent the ENTIRE nine months of pregnancy preparing myself mentally to deliver my baby naturally. I was up for the challenge. What I wasn’t up for was the shock of a c-section at the last minute. I remember telling Monty that I had to go in immediately to have the c-section. I was upset, scared and felt like I was beening robbed of the experience I was entitled to as a woman.
I still do. I wanted to try. I wanted to see how my mind and body would handle the challenge. To be able to talk to my kids about how it all went down. To join into the conversations with other women about how f*cked it is. Instead, I tell a story of a two minute delivery in a cold hospital room and a 30 minute stitch up. However, my boys came out safe and sound and that is the main aim.
When I saw this video of a woman called Sarah sharing her experience of a delivery method called a “Natural Caesarean”, I was intrigued. By “Natural Caesarean” they’re meaning the woman’s uterus is still cut open by an obstetrician and the baby’s head is lifted out…but the rest is up to the baby to work it’s way out of the womb. The baby is delivered over four to five minutes instead of the usual two. It is said to be growing in popularity as there is less trauma to the baby from a sudden delivery into the world. It is incredible. A tad graphic at the start but incredibly amazing that the body and the baby still know to work it’s way out even when their timing has been chosen for them.
If I’m being honest, I’m not sure this type of delivery would be for me, but each to their own.
This video has had mixed reviews on the internet. A lot of people finding this incredibly distressing, particularly the part where the doctor pulls the baby’s head out and he is crying.
The reality is a c-section is not pleasant to watch or feel – even when you have drugs. At least it wasn’t for me. There is a lot of tugging and pulling – it’s quite aggressive. The comments I have read are unrelated to the natural progression of the baby coming out and more about a c-section in general.
Those comments aside, this is an incredible video of a baby being born.
What do you think? Would you try this?
Congratulations Sarah – he’s beautiful and thank you so much for sharing.