How my birth experiences help me to be a better Birth Doula
I have had 3 very different births with a miscarriage thrown in between my boys. Each birth has taught me so much and I am thankful for them all because I can now use that knowledge to help other woman.
First birth=Many Reasons
My first birth was a failed induction. I went in at 39 weeks because I was ready to be done and I was put on loads of pitocin and my water broken really early on. I had an epidural almost right away after the pain started. I just remember grabbing on to the side of my bed and my nurse who was my cousin (who was so super sweet with me) told me not to hold my breath and asked if I wanted an epidural, which I did. It was always my plan to use one for labor pain and I was ready for it. I labored in many different positions (see pic below) but I never made it passed 4cm. I was then taken back to have a non emergency c section. The doctor was half way through my c section and I could feel him doing something, I was yelling out from the pain and fear and he stopped right away. He realized my epidural was not efficient enough to work as my pain blocker for surgery and was I put under general anesthesia. My baby girl was born weighing 9lbs 3 oz at 6:40pm and I met her at 11:00pm when I woke up. I felt horrible and was so nauseous and shaking. I didn't want to hardly hold her or breastfeed her. I literally don't have any pictures of us together in the hospital at least that I have ever seen. I had postpartum depression with her. It was a sad beginning but thankfully she is almost 9 now and we have such an amazing mother daughter bond that just started MANY months after she was born. This delivery helps me as a doula because I have personal experience in: Induction, failed induction, Pitocin, epidurals, non emergency c section and emergency c section, epidural as a pain blocker for c section and general anesthesia for pain blocker and postpartum depression.
Here is the below pic I promised :-)