Morgan’s Real Birth Story | Breech Caesarean Birth

Morgan shares her birth story of finding out late in her pregnancy that her baby is breech and changing birth plans to a caesarean.

Where & how was your baby born? Was it as you expected and did you have any support / tools?
C-Section / My birth plan changed when I was 37 weeks pregnant after discovering my baby was presenting frank breech. The only reason this was discovered was because my belly measured much smaller than it had been. Had that not happened, I would have gone into labor having no idea. My doctor was so comfortable not ordering another ultrasound after my anatomy scan and that scares me. If this hadn’t happened I would have gone into labor, been allowed to push, and then rushed into an emergency c-section where I would have been fully sedated.

 

What are your top tips for others going through birth?
– Make a postpartum plan. Birth plans are never permanent.
– Take it easy after a C-Section. I did not and ended up with a hernia.
– Listen to your instincts and advocate for what you feel is right. Do not take no for an answer.
– Don’t feel pressure to do things you don’t want to do. You don’t have to have guests if you don’t feel up to it while your body is healing.
– Fed is best. You are not a bad mom if you need to use formula or exclusively pump.
Do what you need to do and know you’re still doing amazing.
What aspects of your journey are you most proud of and / or did you enjoy?

 

I’m most proud of my resilience. I looked Postpartum Depression, Postpartum Anxiety, and Postpartum Rage in the face and refused it. After five long months of believing it was my fault, I asked for help and sought a therapist.
If you could do anything differently what would it be?

 

I would have asked for help a lot sooner. I would have explained to my partner the breadth of my struggles and allowed someone in. I was very alone for a very long time and I did not have to be. I was terrified someone would take my baby from me.
What helped you?

 

Reading stories of other moms who had experienced what I had made me feel less alone. Making decisions that I knew were best for my baby and my family allowed me the space to relax. Advocating for myself and finding the answers I needed to literally survive.
Anything else you’d like to share?

 

After my C-Section, I was hypertensive. It took my nurses three full days to discover I was a few points away from having a heart attack. I was placed in the ICU at 3 AM and faced with the possibility of a blood transfusion. Had I chosen to decline the medicine my body needed to survive, I wouldn’t be here. I knew that by taking this medicine I would be forced to formula feed and my milk would dry up. I decided that risking the health of my heart was not worth it, and that my baby needs a mother more than he will never need breast milk. I did what I needed to do to be around for the long haul and I will never regret it.
Thank you Morgan for sharing your real birth story.
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