1. admin says:

    I’m thankful too! 🙂

  2. Amina Nevels says:

    What incredible wisdom you are sharing here. We don’t think about the after affects of cesarean outside of the physical pain of healing. I’ve always heard that VBAC’s are considered challenging, but I hadn’t understood why. On the other hand, I do feel as though too many doctors are quick to order C-sections when they aren’t needed so that they can “go on vacation” and still be available for the birth. I’m so glad that you survived this challenge (with beautiful baby boy in tow) and that the cesarean was actually done appropriately in this situation. Thank you for sharing your story! So incredible!

    • admin says:

      Thank you Amina. I researched to find the best doctor possible for us and given her success rate, I was pleased with her numbers and her many successful stories. The fact she inspires her nurses is encouraging too. Her and I talked a lot about what it would look like, how she would assist me, we had a birth wish list which she honored, she was on my team and that is what we want our doctors to be on our team. However, we forget how intuitive us women really are and we don’t let our inner wisdom guide us. A uterus can rupture at any time when given pitocin, even during a routine vaginal birth, that is the unfortunate side-effect of using pitocin. Even though my uterus ruptured, I am still an advocate for C-Births!

  3. Thank you for sharing this story, Jasmine. We have this myth in the U.S. that childbirth is always going to be safe, that very little ever goes wrong and it’s just not true. I’m so happy it all worked out, but your story is terrifying. It makes my frightening 10 minutes of my baby’s heart rate going down when I passed out due to being manipulated while dehydrated almost comical. I’m so blessed that while they did prep the OR, the very SMART anesthesiologist figured out how to get a hydration line into my tiny veins and said, “Sit her up!” All was fine within half a minute after that, and Zoe was born vaginally.

  4. wow Jasmine – I only knew part of your story! you are amazing – thank you for sharing!

  5. Wow. My first child came dramatically and painfully, as well. My horror were forceps, an in experienced resident, and a baby coming out “sunny side up.” But, it is nothing compared to your story. I’ve often said I wish they had just given me a c-section. Now I take that back 100%.

  6. Thank you for sharing your story Jasmine. I know someone who needs to read this!

  7. Joyce Shanks says:

    WOW Jasmine, amazing story, thanks to modern medicine you and I are both very lucky to be here as are our children! Your delivery sounds LOTS like mine from 2002. I was told as a result of my rupture I lost 40% of my blood, I became ver anemic! They told me, post op, the uterus was twisted, and I also had a low dense fibrous ring that they called in Bendl’s ring which developed in the 36 hours of labour that included 3 hours of pushing. Kind of like what would happen if you strangled a saloon, the part you squeeze gets thick and the top part can thin and explode. That’s what happened to me. Progress was immensely slow as well and so I too accepted an epidural in order to rest and pitocin to try and move things along. The body in its infinite wisdom knew through my whole pregnancy delivery was going to be near to impossible. My contractions, (in hindsight) were indicative of an obstructed birth canal. The were very intense and close together but didn’t finish properly so they were’t easily accomplishing their task at hand. In my pregnancy I had developed a serious case of pubis symphisis (sp?) which is a result of the body making too much relaxin my body knew the birth canal was not wide enough. I am a holistic practitioner as well, I had my doula and birth plan (that requested no intervention) as well as my birthing ball at the hospital with me. BUT alas a vaginal birth was never to be. Our sweet daughter Ayla was born via emergency c-section after nearly 3 hours of pushing (they didn’t like her heart-rate) and they decided to go in and finally get her. She had with 2 puncture wounds and a large abrasion on the side of her head, her head was turned and she was caught on the pelvic bone, TWICE, the abrasion was from scraping her head on the inside. BUT I do thank the heavens for the existence of modern medicine, even though much of what we went through probably could have been avoided, had all the pieces been put together (the pubis symphisis, the type of contractions, the fever I was spiking and the fact that I had a LOT of pain rawness type pain locally during the pushing staged. BUT my daughter and I are both here, we survived to tell the story. Of course we had other issues post delivery with feeding and my milk supply, (due to my blood loss causing Sheehan’s Syndrome) but we persisted, and even though we supplemented with some formula, and I was taking every herbal supplement under the sun to increase lactation, (and finally dom peridon) we did go EXCLUSIVE breast feeding just before she was 4 months old. She nursed for 2 years. She was a slow gainer and was barely 20 lbs at her 1st birthday BUT today she is 50th percentile in height and weight at nearly 11 years old. Top of her class even though she is the youngest! As for all the scar tissue due to my rupture etc… I am sure there is quite a bit internally, I feel pulling internally virtually every time I sneeze. I am grateful for the fact that the interventions I had saved our lives, a scheduled c-section is always better than an emergency c-section, BUT again, no regrets, at least I feel like I almost delivered her vaginally, and hey, I was told by numerous hospital staff, they had NEVER seen anyone work so hard at trying to push a child into this world. I kid you not, forgetting all the “other” pain of childbirth my abs were sore for a week! I hated feeling drugged up so after the first 24 hours of pain meds, I refused any other medication. Some people think I am pretty hard core! I just think I am a MOM! We are all pretty hard core!

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