Our Little "Bug" By Brenda Print
Birth Stories - C-Section Birth Stories
Tuesday, 06 January 2009 09:33
When I found out that I was pregnant last fall, I was terrified. Having Spina Bifida, I didn't know if my body would be able to get me through a pregnancy. During the pregnancy, I worked closely with a doctor in Boise, Idaho (this was his first pregnancy working with a mother with Spina Bifida) and we passed all the tests along the way with flying colors. Some of the possible complications of the pregnancy we faced were the possibility of pre-term labor, pressure sores from weight gain, compromised lung capacity as time went on. But our doctor was optimistic and very encouraging.

Julia was born on April 27, 1999 - two weeks early. she weighed 5 lbs. 6 oz. and was 18 1/2". Our doctor planned for us to deliver her naturally, but after a final check at 6 centimeters dialation, he discovered her breech position and an emergency c-section was done. This was a bit more unnerving as I had to be put under general anethesia (spina bifida did not allow me to have either a spinal or epidural).

We had no complications with the pregnancy and no other complications from the delivery. On the positive side, being paralyzed from the waist down made contractions fairly painless, however tough to determine when I was in true labor!!!!