As many of you know I have been sharing a series of c-section birth stories on the blog this month. April is c-section awareness month and I want to do my part to help raise awareness for cesarean births. Last week I shared Liz’s birth story with you and how her stalled labor led to an emergency c-section. I also shared my c-section birth story with Olivia and our struggles with her being breech.
This week I want to introduce you to a mom named Emily. She gave birth to a beautiful little boy on November 4, 2016 at 7:58 am via c-section. Her son, Connor Allen, weighed 7 lb. 8 oz. and was 19 1/2″ long. She is here to share her birth story which includes Placenta Previa, a cesarean birth, and an emotionally difficult recovery.
Placenta Previa is a condition that affects approximately 1 in 200 pregnant women. This occurs when the baby’s placenta lies low in the uterus and partially or completely covers the cervix. As the cervix begins to dilate with labor the placenta may separate from the uterine wall. Placenta Previa can cause severe bleeding during pregnancy and delivery.
Hi! My name is Emily Starnes. I am 25 years old and have a 17 month old little boy, Connor Allen. He was born via scheduled c-section. I had a mild case of Placenta Previa. My placenta wasn’t directly over my cervix, but was too close to be able to deliver naturally. I was devastated at first simply because I am a first time mom and really wanted the whole birthing experience. However, I obviously just wanted what was best for my baby and myself. Everything went as planned and was perfect.
However, when he was born I wasn’t the first person to hold him. I wasn’t able to have that immediate skin to skin contact. Because of this I felt like it took me a couple of weeks to really connect with him. It terrified me at first to even think about it. I was so embarrassed to admit that. After all, what kind of horrible mother doesn’t feel that instant connection with their child? Don’t get me wrong – I fell in love the moment I saw him, but it just wasn’t the connection I was expecting. It took me about a week to really feel connected to him.
I did some reading and realized I wasn’t the only one that had felt this way. My healing process was painful, but it went as smoothly as it could. I’m the first woman in my family to have a c-section, so no one really understood what I was going through. I still had an amazing support system though. I am just so thankful for a perfect healthy baby boy and would do it all over again in a minute.