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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Birth Position

With the imminent arrival of my nephew and several friends that are due this spring, I've been thinking a lot about birth position and the effects it has on labor and caesareans. Before Cecily was born, I was terrified she would be posterior like Ewan and it would result in another c-section. In doing some research, I discovered that Ewan was right occiput transverse, posterior with his head in my hip.
ROT - second from the bottom.
This is a difficult position for labor, and if you're stuck laboring lying down and not given time, then it almost always results in a c-section. While I feel a little better knowing that this is a really difficult labor position, I'm still so angry that I wasn't allowed out of bed, much less given more than 24 hours in the hospital. I know it was over two years ago now, but I don't know if I will ever get over it. It makes me so angry when someone says all that matters is that you have a healthy baby, especially if it's coming from a woman who hasn't had a c-section Yes, of course I'm glad Ewan was born healthy, but that's not all that matters. Unless you've been through it, you have no idea.

I have deep rooted feelings about Ewan's birth. I know that not everyone feels the way I do about c-sections, but I want to share the knowledge I have gained in the off-chance it may help someone else that is in the position I was in. If I can save one woman the agony I went through and the anger and disappointment I still feel about Ewan's birth, I would do it. 

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