My Birth Story: Welcoming Baby Liam
Words cannot fully describe this incredible miracle. On April 10th, at 2:00 PM, my little Liam Ali Mawla was born via a scheduled caesarean (c-section) at 6.13 lbs. It was truly the most blessed and precious moment of my life! Alhamdulilah.
If you have been following me on instagram, then you know my baby has been frank breech throughout my entire pregnancy. A frank breech baby's bum faces downwards and their head upwards, usually in between your ribs. I had the option for a natural birth, but there are risks for a baby in that position that I definitely did not want to take. Also, I had the option to wait until I went into labour for the possibility of my baby turning last minute, but if that didn't happen, then it would mean going through labour pains only to have to go through an emergency c-section. That sounded like double the trouble to me. So instead, I opted for a scheduled caesarean on week 39 of my pregnancy. I was so nervous about booking a c-section and having watched youtube videos of women who have delivered via c-section, only spiked my nerves.
It was actually kind of nice knowing what day I was going to meet my baby because I was able to plan to have things ready like my hospital bag, the nursery and even my emotional and mental state for this surgery! What helped prepare me mentally was talking to my husband about it who helped to console me. My caesarean was scheduled to be performed by my OB who I had built a relationship with over the last 9 months. But one day before my surgery, I receive a call from my OB's office advising that my OB is under the weather and so she will be replaced by an on-call OB. This took me by surprise and made me nervous all over again! I asked them to provide the name of the OB on-call so I can research him and put myself at ease. (I am weird like that haha) He seemed like a friendly face so I went with that!
My c-section was scheduled for 10 AM but we had to be there for 630 AM to prepare. This meant my last meal had to be at midnight the night before. There were delays due to a call for an emergency c-section so I wasn't wheeled into the operation room until 1:00 PM. Talk about hunger!! I was starving the entire time but the second they wheeled me in, all I could think about was what I was about to go through. My husband had to stay back until they fully prepared me for the surgery. The nurse in the operation room talked me through every step and helped to comfort me. I was so happy she was there because she helped me get through all the things I was afraid of, like the spinal block! Since you remain awake during the operation, the spinal block is meant to make you numb chest down so that you don't feel anything. When they inserted the needle in my back, I felt pressure and a spritz of cold liquid which was such an uncomfortable sensation. My behind and legs began to fall numb and next thing I knew, I couldn't feel anything. I could feel myself starting to hyperventilate so I had to keep my mind off of it. They lifted my legs onto the table and inserted a catheter. Then a pink liquid was spread onto my stomach which protects the skin from bacteria. The OB comes in with his team, makes the first incision, and then my husband was brought in. When Moe walked in, I started balling my eyes out. They were tears of happiness that he was finally next to me and we were about to meet our little baby. He sat by my head the entire time holding my hand and talking to me so I can stay distracted from the tugging I felt on my stomach. I was shaking for most of it which was a normal side effect of the drugs combined with my nerves reacting. Once they were about to pull out baby Liam, the nurse told my husband to stand up. I watched him watch our baby come out which was still so beautiful. His voice was trembling with the biggest smile on his face and tears in his eyes. One moment was quiet and the next I heard a baby's cry and I could not believe it was my baby. The OB brought him from behind the curtain so that I could see him and I couldn't stop crying. What an incredible feeling. I kept thinking how he was inside of me the entire time!!
I wasn't able to do skin to skin right away because of the curtain and all the attachments on my arms. It was the only thing written in my birth plan which I couldn't do. I was okay with it though because I had two full days in the hospital to do skin to skin with baby Liam. We made sure we did delayed cord clamping before Moe cut the umbilical cord. Also, Moe recited the athan in both our baby's ears. It was beautiful as this was the first thing our baby heard when he came to this world.
Meanwhile, I was getting stitched up which took about 30-40 minutes. I didn't feel the time at all because I was so preoccupied with the angel I was holding. The entire procedure only took about an hour.. After the surgery, I was wheeled into our private room. Although I was dreading staying in the hospital for two nights, the nurses were so helpful with teaching me how to get baby to latch properly and bathing him for the first time. I wasn't in too much pain after the surgery because I was taking Tylenol and Ibuprofen every four hours to alleviate the pain. It really helped. I will be filming a video talking about my C-section recovery soon!
My overall experience going through a c-section was much better than I imagined it to be. I was so thankful for the OB on call and his team for making it a pleasant experience. I am so happy I have these pictures to remember this time in my life. I highly recommend having someone capture it for you whether you are going through a natural delivery or c-section.
Here are a few C-section myths I found out having gone through it:
- "You cant wear nail polish!" - You most definitely can. I did :)
- "You cant wear makeup!" - I wore some concealer and blush and I had eyelash extensions on :)
Hope my birth story was helpful loves! If you are pregnant or have children, let me know in the comments how you will be or have delivered your baby. :)