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April 30, 2010

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Veelana

I would have loved to give birth naturally and my gynecologist was a bit of a midwife in disguise - I tend to trust men more than women (something to do with past best friends, I'd say) and I love that guy.

Both my pregnancies were healthy and uneventful, I gained very little weight (7 kilos with my first, two with my second baby), my OB/GYN was very supportive, I picked a hospital that encouraged vaginal birth and I was prepared to go home right after the birth. We all thought that this set the scene to a very natural birth, but it didn't happen that way. With both my babies, my water broke and they where delivered via c-section two days later. In both cases, the doctors and midwives were scared that the risk for infection got to high for the baby. We tried all tricks known to the midwives (and I got to know all of them - I was there for almost two days) and labour just didn't start. They even induced me - even with the second kid, we where all very commited.

I think when you come to that point you have to fogive yourself for making the decision for a cesarian. My Doctor came to the hospital to visit me afterwards (Dorian picked a date during his vacation to arrive) and all he said about the birth was this: If a birth ends with a healthy mom and a healthy baby, it was a good birth. You're on top of the mountain - who cares how you got there? And even though I don't really agree with his statement, It was exactly what I needed to hear :-)

*deep breath*
sorry for the long post, I know I really didn't stay on topic, I originally wanted to write about my doctor, but my fingers ran away with my brain..

thank you for this post, though :-)

Vee

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