Arthur’s Birth Story: a planned caesarean section!
10 April 2020
April is caesarean section awareness month, so what better time to FINALLY write up my, or should I say Arthur’s, birth story.
In some ways it feels like Arthur’s birth was years ago, but in other ways it feels like only yesterday. It was in fact 8 months ago now. Arthur was born in the middle of August at 10.21 AM by an elective caesarean section.
If you follow me on my social media channels, you’ll know my pregnancy was far from what you see on television. I had no pregnancy glow and I had (what felt like) every complication possible… But that horror story can wait for another time because the day of my C-section was nothing short of perfect…
It was the day before my section was planned and my partner and I checked and rechecked the hospital bags, and went off to the maternity ward where I’d be staying the night before for the pre-medications I needed due to gestational diabetes. I think I saw every hour that night, it was a mixture of nerves, excitement and curiosity as to what the next day would bring.
Finally it got to 6am and Jam (my partner) arrived. I was hooked up to all the medications and was in my surgical gown anxiously anticipating my name to be called. The plan was that I’d go down first because (to be on the safe side) they had asked two bowel surgeons to open me up, in case there was any inflammation or anything in the way basically. So the time came and we were called down. We walked to the theatre and Jam went into one room, to scrub up and I went into the other to talk to the anesthetist.
Shortly after, Jam joined me in theatre, looking very fetching in his scrubs! This is when they put the spinal block and epidural into my back. Jam held me tight the whole time and within 10 minutes I could not feel anything below my chest. At this point the room had filled with people, because of being high risk they had extra doctors in each area… There were two bowel surgeons, two anesthetists, two obstetricians and loads of midwives and support. It was quite overwhelming at first but they all introduced themselves to me and made me feel so comfortable and at ease. It also helped that my midwife was one of my childhood best friends sister who had helped me throughout my nightmare of a pregnancy (thank you).
I am not exaggerating when I say that Arthur was born probably 15 minutes after this. As soon as I was numb they got ready and the bowel surgeons opened me up. Within minutes they said to the obstetricians and myself that they were going to leave because everything looked as it should do – for me this was a massive relief because I was so worried my Crohn’s was going to affect the birth. So once the surgeons left, the obstetricians took over and 5 minutes later, I heard a loud scream. Arthur was born.
My gorgeous, very chunky, baby boy was born at 10.21 and weighing 8lb7 at 38 weeks. All I could hear was everyone saying “gosh isn’t he chunky” and “isn’t he big and healthy”… I was expecting a baby giant the way everyone was talking but when they put him onto my chest I remember thinking how small he felt… At this point I cried and cried with happiness. The 9 months of hell was worth it. In fact everything I have gone through in life was worth it. My miracle baby boy was here.
The next half an hour or so went so quickly because once Arthur was out all I did was stare at him and Jam. I didn’t care about anything but them. My very own little family. As I said earlier, it wasn’t what you expect or see in movies and I didn’t ever have the option of a birthing pool or a home birth etc. But to me my caesarean section was, nothing short of, perfect because Arthur arrived safely and we were so well looked after. So thank you NHS and in particular my local hospital – you gave me the best day of my life.
If you’d be interested in seeing all the posts leading up to Arthur’s birth and my pregnancy diary; you can find it all on my Instagram or Facebook pages. If you have any questions about my experience or want to know more please feel free to contact me here or leave a comment below.