Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Comparison

These first pictures are of my daughter's birth. It was a 14-hour, fairly uneventful labor, augmented with pitocin and AROM (despite going into labor spontaneously and contracting regularly), followed by an epidural and vacuum delivery.

I had an IV with continuous fluids and was confined to bed.

I look puffy and exhausted. Happy, but not elated. And that was how I felt. Drained, tired, beleaguered and glad it was over and I had my baby.


These pictures are from my son's birth. I was even more sleep deprived by the time he was born, having been through 6-8 hours of early but normal labor, 18 hours of prodromal labor, and 2 hours of very intense, active labor. It was all spontaneous and intervention free. It was the most difficult physical work I have ever endured.

But I look ecstatic, wide awake and very connected with what had just happened.


Both times I had greasy hair and no makeup, very unglamorous. But yet, I see the victory in the second set.

Shouldn't every woman feel like that?

2 comments:

Lavinia said...

I don't think I have the guts to do the second type of delivery. I'd like to, but I don't know if I could.

Mrs. Obie said...

With my first birth, I went in at 6cms after laboring at home, begged for an epidural. Had an epi, pitocin, IV and an episiotomy. I was happy I had my baby, but that was about it. Even though I got what I thought I wanted, I was drained emotionally and physically. I was sore and didn't want to get out of bed.
With my second birth (this past September) I had a natural birth with zero intervention. I would have skipped home if they let me. I was elated. My face SHOWED how happy I was. I felt amazing.
And I think the feelings continue through the babies first couple months of life. I still am on a high from my second daughters birth. With my first, I just wanted to crawl in a hole and hide from everyone.

Never again will I have a birth with intervention (unless ABSOLUTELY 100% I HAVE TO!)