Cesarean Scar Website

Barb from Navelgazing Midwife has launched a new website dedicated to the “story” your Cesarean scar tells. From the “About” page on the website:

Something told me the cesarean scar needed a place to speak.

As this site was being born, I asked three things:

-1. Take a picture of your scar.

-2. What does your scar say when you look at it?

-3. What does your scar say when you touch it?

What followed was a steady trickle of photos and stories… tender, painful, wonderful, awful stories.

Here, I humbly offer space for the stories to find their way to light.

I’ve read a few of the stories, and already there is a wide range of emotions: “I hate my scar,” “My scar mocks me,” “I’m now at peace with my scar,” “I love my scar because that means my child(ren) are alive,” etc. Everyone has a story to tell…


Tangled in the Safety Net

One of the blogs most recently added to my blogroll is “Birth Sense,” previously, “The Midwife Next Door,” and I’m glad I’ve found it. In a recent post, she details a birth story, illustrating that the “safety net” of a hospital may not always function like it should.

In most hospitals today, you will see a central monitoring station with nurses clustered around it, eyes fixated on the monitor screen.  Rather than spending this time in one-to-one assessment of their patient, observing the whole picture of how things are going, they focus on one element of the labor–the fetal heart rate.  Where is the physician?  At the office, or elsewhere, while the nurse is expected to monitor and identify problems with the labor and notify the physician if problems arise.

This is one common misunderstanding regarding home vs. hospital birth.  Many women feel safer in the hospital because they have emergency services immediately available.  But if you have an emergency and your physician is not at your bedside, who is going to perform emergency surgery?  The nurse? The anesthesiologist?  No, you will have to wait until your physician is summoned and arrives at the hospital, assesses you, and makes the decision to perform a c-section…..

I paged the chief again.  I called my supervisor again.  No other doctors were  on the floor, or I would have begged one of them to help.  No one was answering my calls.  I finally called Brianna’s physician again and told her that I had notified the OB chief  and the nursing supervisor that she was refusing to come in.  Very angry now, she hung up on me.  A few minutes later she walked into Brianna’s labor room.  I still had not heard back from the OB chief, and the nursing supervisor was also trying to reach him….

Click here to read the rest of the story.

Keith’s Birth Story Wordle

Happy 5th Birthday, Keith!

Here is the Wordle from the birth story I wrote last year:

keith birth story wordle



And if you’re seeing this right now, you can watch Lynsee laboring live via webcam. So much different from the “severely chopped and edited to fit in a 30-minute TV show” labors! This is why being a midwife, doula, or other labor support person takes a special gift. The edited labors are so different from the real thing.

She did it! — What a birth story!

You’ve got to read Heather’s birth story, on The Unnecesarean. Wow.

Delivery Room Football

Read this doctor-father’s story. If it weren’t true, it would be funny.

Don’t Let This Happen to You

From a new blog written by an experienced L&D nurse comes the story of “Sarah and John” and the birth of their first child. A must-read! Part 1 and Part 2. She is going to be doing a series of “Don’t Let This Happen to You”, and here is the first part of the next in the series.

Oh, yeah, I like this nurse! Thanks to Empowering Birth for the link.

Just go ahead and add her to your bookmarks, Google Reader, whatever, if you haven’t already, because I can tell she’s going to have a lot more good and interesting things to say

A Birth Story

You don’t read birth stories like this very often. Before you click, go get a handkerchief or two.