Micahlyn's Birth Story
After trying to conceive for over a year, I found out that I was pregnant on my birthday in June, 2005. This would be my second child but my husband’s first. With my first pregnancy, which was 10 years ago, I had a C-section because my son was in a breech position. With this pregnancy, my doctor and I had decided to try for a Vaginal Birth After C-section (VBAC). My husband and I were very excited because I felt cheated by having a C-section with my first child. We prayed that I wouldn’t need a repeat C-section; I was also scared to go through all that pain again.
On Saturday, February 18, 2006, I went into labor and was admitted to the hospital at five centimeters. The doctor said that our baby’s heart rate was too fast and then it was slowing down too much when I was having a contraction. We planned on starting the Pitocin but due to our baby’s fetal distress, the doctor said the best thing to do was to perform another C-section. I felt cheated again knowing that I wouldn’t be able to push our baby out into this world but the baby’s health was our main focus.
Within 15 minutes after being told that I would need another C-section, I was prepped and wheeled into the operating room. I could see the fear in my husband’s eyes as he got dressed in his blue hospital scrubs. At 3:31 PM on Sunday, February 19, 2006, our beautiful baby girl was born. Micahlyn weighed seven pounds, nine ounces, and was 19½ inches long. My husband and I both cried when we first heard that wonderful scream come from her lungs.
Because I already knew what to expect, this C-section was much easier than my first C-section. The pain was there but I handled it much better this time. I am still disappointed that I didn’t have a successful VBAC but we are happy that our baby was born healthy and I am recovering with no problems.
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