The words “natural” and “c-section” aren’t typically used in the same sentence, and especially are not combined to describe the surgical birth experience. However, being a holistic minded mama AND having my inevitable 5th cesarean, I was insistent on having as many things go as natural as possible despite birthing in an operating room.
Yes, you read that right, I now have had FIVE C-SECTIONS.
My first was an emergency, then I’ve had repeat scheduled since then (except for my 3rd, who decided to come a couple days early) I had done extensive research looking into my options for birth, but my doctor, husband, and myself felt it was best and that the pros outweighed the cons to go ahead with another c-section.
Since I had four, I knew what to expect, had a couple negative experiences, and knew exactly what I did and did not want for this final birth. My doctor has been my OB/GYN for over a decade, so I have a very established trust relationship with her. I talked with her at my appointments about my concerns, wishes, and the things I simply would not allow (NO students or interns was one of those). She was more than accommodating, making detailed notes in my chart and on my hospital paperwork.
So, how did I get as close to a “natural” and gentle cesarean as possible?
First and most importantly, my husband was not separated from me at any time. Not even the administration of the spinal (typically, the husband has to wait outside the room until that is done). He didn’t leave my operating room following the surgery, either; he stayed by my side the entire time providing support and comfort to me like only he can.
Next, I had very specific instructions: curtain was lowered so I could see baby come out, the cord clamp was delayed, and baby was placed to my chest within minutes of being born and remained there for several hours for bonding and getting nursing off to a good start.
Of course, I brought my essential oils and used the heck out of them!!!
• Stress Away on the back of my neck and wrists before going into surgery to help calm my nerves.
• Tranquil on the bottoms of my feet at night for help sleeping in a noisy hospital.
• Lavender and Peace & Calming on my pillow or rubbed on wrists to help me relax.
Sense a theme here? Yeah, even though I knew what to expect I was still anxious, and then had a hard time managing my pain that first couple days which added to my . The emotional supportive oils were a lifesaver!!!!
• Peppermint – speaking of lifesaver… Shortly after being laid down on the operating table, I started to feel woozy. Like BAD. Eyes watering, mouth watering, you know that feeling…. The nurse grabbed me a barf bag but I told her I didn’t want to throw up because there was nothing in my tummy!!! So then she put an alcohol swab under my nose thinking that would help, but it did nothing. Finally, the anesthesiologist (who was a total rock star, by the way) asked me if I liked peppermint. I was like, “YES!” She stuck a bottle of peppermint essential oil under my nose and within SECONDS, that icky feeling went away!
• Gentle Baby is in one of my top ten favorite essential oil blends, and I’ve used it for the last few years even not having a baby! 😂 Whenever baby is fussy, I open the bottle and hold it a few inches from his nose for a few seconds and it calms him most of the time! (Unless he wants food lol)
I also drank Ningxia Red daily, took Life 9 probiotics (to counteract the antibiotics given during surgery), kept a Lavender Lip Balm and Thieves Hand Purifier by my bedside, and made a blend of Frankincense and Myrrh Essential Oils to anoint our little guy right after he was born.
I loved having Young Living’s oils and products part of my csection and recovery, and can’t believe the difference it made!!!! Read more about YoungLiving oils and get some for yourself 》HERE《
Our sweet boy is already one month old, and breastfeeds like a champ, I am completely healed without any complications, not even abdominal muscle separation, and feel great!!