My mother had three vaginal births, then a c-section, then three VBACs. Her VBACs were in the late 80s, early 90s.
All seven of my mother’s births were epidural-free hospital births. For her cesarean she had general anesthesia because it was an emergency situation and there was no time for an epidural or spinal.
I am 27 years old and my youngest sibling will be 16 in June.
This is the birth legacy my mother left to her children:
Birth is usually safe.
Judicious use of life-saving medical technology is imperative.
A mother’s pain or discomfort should not trump her child’s well-being.
Babies should be born vaginally if at all possible.
Cesareans should be considered carefully, and should only be performed when the life of the mother or child is in immediate danger.
This is the legacy I hope to leave my children as well.
Happy Mother’s Day!