Women across the globe are taking a stand against c-section shaming after a graphic and honest post from a new mum in the US went viral.
Raye Lee, a professional fire juggler from Missouri, published a Facebook post challenging people who believed that her emergency c-section, for medical reasons, didn’t count as ‘actually given birth’.
“Ah, yes. My emergency c-section was absolutely a matter of convenience. It was really convenient to be in labour for 38 hours before my baby went into distress and then every contraction was literally STOPPING his HEART,” Raye says in her post.
“This was the most painful thing I have experienced in my life. I now belong to a badass tribe of mamas with the scar to prove that I had a baby cut out of me and lived to tell the tale.”
She on to describe in graphic detail what it was like to have ‘a shrieking infant pulled out of an incision that is only 5 inches long’ while she was lying on an operating table.
“When that first nurse asked you to try getting out of bed and the ripping pain of a body cut apart and stitched back together seared through you, you realised the irony of anybody who talks about it being the ‘easy way out’.
“I am the strongest woman that I know. Not only for myself, but for my beautiful son and I would honestly go through this every single day just to make sure I am able to see his smiling face.”
While many c-sections are emergencies, according to the Raising Children website the reasons for planning a caesarean are varied and include:
- There are multiple babies
- Baby is in breech (bottom first) or transverse (sideways) position.
- If the baby has a known illness or abnormality
- If your placenta is so low in the uterus that it blocks the baby’s exit for vaginal birth (placenta previa)
- You have an abruption placenta, this is when it has separated from the wall of the uterus and baby is in distress or danger
- You’ve had previous caesarean births
While we’re talking about c-sections, did you know there are actually two types?
From looking at your tummy you won’t be able to tell because the difference between them is where the cut is made on your uterus. And sometimes the cut on your tummy is different from the cut on your uterus.
Before you leave hospital, it’s a good idea to ask the obstetrician what kind of cut was made during your caesarean section.
The two types of caesarean
1. A lower segment caesarean section
This is the most common type where an obstetrician makes a horizontal cut across the lower part of the uterus, usually along your bikini line. Advantages of this type of caesarean section are that it heals well and there’s less chance that it will cause problems in other pregnancies.
2. The classical caesarean section
Not very common and is generally only used in very serious emergencies. In this procedure the obstetrician makes a vertical cut on the uterus. If your baby is very premature or lying sideways, or if your placenta is lying very low, you might need to have a classical caesarean section.
We know there are thousands of women in The Healthy Mummy community that have had caesareans and we just want to say ‘you rock’.
Please ignore all the people who try to make you feel like you haven’t had a real birth experience because your baby wasn’t delivered vaginally.
Their comments are a reflection of their ignorance, not of your awesomeness!
* Source: www.raisingchildren.net.au