I never got to tell my birth story in my due-date club before it closed. :)
(Of course some c-sections are medically necessary, and I am grateful we have this technology to save lives, but not all of them are. Though I had two of the "medical reasons" for c-sections ("failure to progress," and a swollen cervix), I was able to avoid a c-section because I educated and advocated for myself. I believe it's important to share our birth stories with other women.)
I am an example of someone who would have had a preventable c-section if I hadn't used midwives. I had taken a natural birth class and switched from the OBs to midwives. Then my birth was complicated by being GB+, having my waters break before contractions, and having excruciating back labor because my son's arm was around his neck. I believe that in my case, judicious use of pain meds, as well as using a midwife saved me from a c-section. The OB doc on-call that night basically told me and the midwifes that he would have pushed for a section.
It was a roller-coaster ride of a birth! The hardest thing I've ever done!
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