Birth Story: Elective C -Section Emma and baby Rowa

Hi Elaine, just to let you know that baby Rowa was born by c-section, 6lbs 12 ozs. 

I had an elective c-section at 38 weeks due to a previous surgery that compromised my uterus in 2014. The consultant felt that it was too dangerous for me to go into spontaneous labour as I had 5 previous incisions that could potentially split, some of them high up in the uterus which apparently makes uterine rupture more likely. The night before the surgery I was so nervous, I did not sleep at all and was pacing the floor from 3am. We eventually left for the coombe and arrived at just after 7.30. We waited in admissions for approx. 3 1/2-4 hours to get a bed as the hospital was completely full. I was sure they would send me home. Eventually we were called to theatre. They brought me in first and then when I was all done And covered etc they called my husband in. I have never been so glad to see anyone in my life. I joked in class one night that he may faint when in theatre but I was the one in bits, had I use of my legs at that stage I would have run!!!

 Rowa was born at 15.13 that day, they made sure I felt well enough and offered skin to skin straight away, I very nearly said no as I could not see how I could possibly hold her but my husband said do it and it was wonderful. I had the baby while they stitched me up. 

We were then brought to recovery and were able to continue skin to skin / breast feeding. 

It was not the birth I would have chosen but it was still truly magical because it was the first time I met my beautiful baby girl.
My pregnancy journey was long and stressful. We waited 7 years for baby Rowa and had some losses before her. I spent my pregnancy trying not to get too excited, just in case. That 1 hour a week to bond with her in yoga was everything and I really feel that it has stood by us now she is here so thank you so much.

I wish everyone well and hope that I see you again in massage / baby yoga etc, if I can ever manage to leave the house again!


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