My Personal Birth Journey As a Teen Mom

October 1, 2014

 

Hi there audience!  Well, I don't think I have an audience, but Ill just pretend that I do!  I am totally new to the blogging world.  I am actually not sure how I will do with it..I never was very good at journalling, but I thought I would give this a try! I have so much to write about, so I think it will flow better if I keep it to one topic!  So, here it goes...

 

How I got here.  Part One.

Not from the very beginning, like my daddy and my mommy did "it", how I got here...Ill start with when I had my daughter 18 years ago. 

 

I was 15 when I got pregnant.  Yes, young...too young.  I made it work with a supportive step-dad, an alcoholic mother, great father and step mother that helped anywhere they could from being so far away, and baby daddy family.  They were elemental in ensuring I had everything I needed to graduate, birth a baby, and have the opportunity to succeed.  The one thing I didn't have was the knowledge that I had choices in childbirth.  I am sure it was very naive to think, but I honestly thought people that had natural, vaginal childbirths were the ones that couldn't help it, or didn't have money for a medicalized birth.  I had no idea about the crisis in America with childbirth.  I didn't know women chose to do that.  I mean why would they?  

 

I was 15.  I held the pregnancy a secret for 6 months.  I don't know what I was thinking...so maybe it was my fault.  I just did what I thought everyone did, and what my mom told me to do.  When labor started, I told my mom.  We went to the hospital when they were 5 mins apart, and lucky when I got there...I was 5 cm, and it was time for an epidural because "you want that".  I got the epidural, around 11 PM and around 7 AM it was time to push.  It is pretty hazy, but they told me nothing.  At the end of it all, I had a beautiful 9lb 14oz baby girl delivered by vacuum and forceps, and a grade 4 episiotomy.  It was a terrible recovery, and little did I know...it likely could have been avoided...To Be Continued..

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