Planning for childbirth is essential, but as many new mothers will tell you, the best laid plans can be quickly thrown out the window by your new baby.
Angel Taylor, a mother of three from Washington, USA, recently shared her childbirth story with People.com, and it’s not an easy one – four days of labour and an emergency Caesarean section at the end.
“It was definitely an emotional process. It was so long and so hard,” said Angel.
Her childbirth story began when Angel was told because of dangerously high blood pressure she would have to be induced – a week before her due date. A rush to get ready saw her admitted to hospital earlier this month, but her baby wasn’t going anywhere. Doctors began to induce her very slowly as a previous C-section meant her uterus was at risk of rupturing if labour progressed too fast.
“I knew it was going to be a slow-going process and he didn’t want to be too aggressive with the induction. He wanted us to be safe. He didn’t want me to rupture and he didn’t want the baby to be stressed out. He purposely wanted it to be a slow process.”
Yet four days later she was only dilated by 4cm., and a decision was made to progress with a C-section.
“It was really hard for them to get him out. He was really stuck in there. It turns out I had a lot of scar tissue in my lower uterus and it was very tight and it wasn’t opening up so he was kind of stuck in that.”
Thankfully baby Sullivan was born happy and healthy that night. “He is really sweet and very calm. He hardly ever cries. He just loves to snuggle and is just very sweet,” says Angel.
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