Indian mothers tell us why they were afraid during a c-section

Only a mother will know the many emotions she feels during labour and birth. Probably all the words in this universe will be less to express her feelings – the tears of joy is an expression enough to know how exhilarating the birthing experience is. But labour and delivery are not the same for everyone. The experience is entirely different for every mother, every time she goes into labour. Having undergone two c-sections I know how both the experiences were like poles apart from one another. I got to speak to three mothers who had to undergo c-sections after they failed to deliver vaginally and here is what they had to say about their experiences in the OT.

I was scared that I might never be able to walk again: ‘Prior to being wheeled in the OT for a c-section, I had no idea what were the procedures involved in it. I was hoping for a vaginal birth, till my labour pains stopped mid-way. I was wheeled in the OT where I was told that I would be given a spinal anaesthesia to make me go numb waist below. Well as soon as the shot was given my lower part became heavy and difficult to move, which in other words  the anaesthesia was doing its job really well. But it made me scared, I felt what if the effects didn’t wear off and if I am not able to get up from this bed ever.’ Rupa Jha, Jharkhand, 24 years. Here are three reasons why your labour pain stops mid-way.

I was in tears as it was not a vaginal birth: ‘I had planned for a water birth and by the time I reached the hospital I was in labour. The waterbed was prepared and it was a soothing feeling. I had the grabhasanskar slokhas playing in the background. For about four hours everything was fine. My cervix was dilating and we were eagerly waiting for the baby to come. But then something weird happened, the doctor noticed meconium in the water, which means baby had started to pass stool in the womb. And this wasn’t a good sign as the doctors explained that the baby might inhale the poop which could lead to complications. So I was wheeled into the OT for a c-section. I was in tears the entire time as my labour didn’t go as planned. I tried hard to recall the slokhas to divert my mind and kept crying. Even when my baby was given to me later I was still in tears but that was tears of joy.’ Sneha Mallick, Gurgaon, 26 years. Know if a water birth is right for you.

I was never sure that I would be able to see my baby: ‘During my entire pregnancy, I didn’t feel my baby move a lot and often complained about the same to the doctor. But she always brushed off those complaints. I was worried the entire pregnancy and thought that there was something wrong with my baby. When my labour pains started my mind was a whirlpool of negative thoughts. Somehow this translated to negative energy in my body and my cervix refused to open. After being in labour for nine hours the doctors decided that I undergo a c-section. During the entire operation as I remain awake, I was scared that I would not be able to see my baby alive. But once the operation was over and I could hear the baby cry, I was able to put my mind to rest.’ Jhumpa Ghosh, Kolkata, 27 years. Here is all that you need to know about your baby’s kicks.

I had two c-sections and both the time my feelings were different. First time I was quite normal and did know the after effects. It was only during the second day when I realised that I wasn’t able to stand straight and walk, so the second time I was really scared. I was trembling when I was wheeled to the OT. If you have any such expereince to share do write to us in the comments section.