C-Section Stories: Evelyne Solorzano

1. Briefly, please share the circumstances that led to your c-section birth(s):

At 34 weeks, I discovered my baby was in the breech position. My doctor and nurse assured me that there was still an opportunity that my baby could position for a vaginal birth. At 35 weeks, I developed a kidney infection and was hospitalized with extremely high fevers. After being hospitalized, the doctor assured my baby had flipped into birth position at 36 weeks. Then at my 37 week appointment, my doctor checked me again and the baby was not in the head-down position. Was my baby playing with my emotions or what?!

I had been seeing a chiropractor and after this particular visit to the doctor and chiropractor, I grew extremely frustrated and began doing every single exercise, remedy, yoga ball exercise, and position I could find on YouTube. I felt such intense movements in my belly that I was sure she was going to flip. After I got up from doing the 'cat/cow' pose, I felt the baby's head move back up towards my ribs and and I went to bed crying in such frustration. I began to accept that maybe there was nothing I could do, but I was so frustrated at the fact that I wanted to avoid surgery. That night at 4:00 a.m. I woke up because I thought I had peed a little. As I struggled to get up from the bed, I felt an extreme gush of water flowing down. I screamed "Omg! My water broke!" and my husband quickly got up as I was freaking out. There was so much water coming out of me, literally like the movies! I put on pads and immediately they would be drenched in water, so I decided to just wrap myself in a towel and head to the hospital.

Upon arrival, more water dripped everywhere, and the doctor and nurses confirmed baby was still breech. No further procedures to flip her back into position could be done at this point, due to the amount of water being drained. So I was taken into the operating room to have a cesarean birth.

2. What surprised you the most about having a c-section?:

I knew that if I researched a cesarean birth before knowing if I had to have one or not, I'd be much more terrified of knowing what my body would go through. I thought it would be better to be oblivious and I think for me it was. My biggest trauma was being alone in a very cold room, trying to be brave for my baby. I remember being told to sit and hold still for the epidural. My goodness, I was not ready for that. I broke down into tears and my nurse was such an angel. She held me through the epidural and through those moments I felt afraid and weak. The epidural is my biggest surprise and I don't want to know what it looks like because I sure enough didn't like what it felt like.

3. What kind of support do you feel you received (from friends, family, healthcare team) after your c-section(s)?:

My nurses were such angels, all of them were there for me through the worst to strengthen me after surgery. I'm lucky I'm so petite since I often had to be carried because of the pain when having to walk. My mother is such an amazing being. I feel I can’t appreciate her enough for having given life to me and for being my support through my recovery. She would often stay up to take care of my baby so I could simply sleep and rest. My mother-in-law was also an amazing support to me. Last but not least, my husband. Staying up with me to take care of the baby and me while having to work early the next day, making me breakfast, and helping clean around the house. Not to mention the many prayers and God being with me through it all. I had the best support system!

4. What’s your #1 piece of advice/encouragement for a new c-section mom?:

Don't let others’ negative comments and opinions dictate your recovery. It's your postpartum recovery. If you want to be alone without visitors then so be it, if you want to cry, cry all you need. If you need to be frustrated and angry, then let yourself. You’re allowed to feel whatever you need to feel without guilt. You just had a baby and encountered a major surgery. Not only are you recovering from the crazy baby hormones but a major surgery. You’re amazing, your body is amazing, and there will be better days! You decide how you feel every day. Each day you can push yourself to do a little more, but not too much - your beautiful body also needs to heal and rest!

5. How do you believe having a c-section birth(s) made you stronger?:

I didn't know the strength I had within me. I always saw myself as a small, weak person, but I discovered that I have such strength and a high pain tolerance. Carrying and growing a baby is no joke, having the baby is no joke, and having surgery to have a baby is seriously no joke. It's often scary to think back at what I experienced, but I chose to see that instead it's made me a stronger person to have suffered such things.

Name: Evelyne Solorzano

How to Connect With You: evelynee@live.com