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One dad shares what happened when his wife gave birth by c-section.
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Scott: I was in the bathroom doing my business when I heard this, "Oh, no," and I run out and there's amniotic fluid all over the floor. And it was 6 weeks early and we hadn't really prepared anything. So, I was just throwing random items into the birth bag—you know, the birth bag, which was like the knapsack that just happened to be there.
They bring in the mobile ultrasound machine, they come in, and there's my daughter—breech, with her foot coming out of the vagina, and we had to go into an emergency c-section right away. So they come in and they throw scrubs at me and we go inside the room. The curtain is below my eyes, so I can see everything happening, and you know c-sections can be quite astoundingly interesting. They proceeded to take my daughter out of the incision and my wife's uterus contracted. So there's the doctor with half my daughter out of my wife's stomach or womb area and my baby's turning blue. The doctor literally has her foot on the table and pulling like this. And so, then they had to do another lateral cut up to do the classic T cut to get her out of there. And so they got my daughter out and put her on the table and she started breathing, thankfully, and everything wound up great.
It actually wound up not being as severe a recovery that I anticipated. It was pretty good. You know, I mean she was strong, and I think that fortunately with a newborn, you don't really have to move around a lot, but it was very tiring, but she did fine. We had good support up front with a lot of food that we had kind of stocked away, and our support group brought more food, so—not that I can't cook, but that I was able to take care of the other chores that needed to happen.
It's not about you, you know. It's about your spouse, your partner, and what she's going through, and the more that you're in possession of that thinking during the experience, the better everyone's going to be throughout it. And you'll be lauded as a champion afterwards, and believe me being lauded as a champion afterwards is a wonderful thing and you should not pass up that opportunity.