"I was told early in my pregnancy that I needed to have a Caesarean"
University of Utah Hospital
Listened to the Prepare for a caesarean CD 15+ times
My pregnancy was one of the best experiences of my life. I don't think I've ever felt so good before! But, because I had had uterine surgery before, I was told early in my pregnancy that I needed to have a Caesarean. I've always been a strong proponent of unmedicated, natural births, so I was disappointed at first. I asked my doctors at least three times whether I really could not have a vaginal birth. But, no, the risk of uterine rupture was too great, and this would have gravely endangered my baby and myself. So after my initial resistance, I realized I needed to have a C-section to ensure a safe birth. Knowing this, however, I still realized that it would be very important to mentally prepare for this experience. I started to look (online) for tapes or CDs focused on this purpose.
This is how I found your CDs and I was happy to see you offered one specifically for C-sections. I think I started to use it around week 28 (but I could be wrong). My Ob/Gyn recommended that I have the baby around 36 or 37 weeks, to reduce the risk of contractions and uterine rupture. For a period of about two months, I listened to the CD at least once a week. I used the CD when I really wanted to relax my pregnant body, and to feel secure with myself and my pregnancy. I also listened to the CD at times when I had a hard time sleeping (later in the pregnancy) and it helped me calm down enough to sleep, or at least relax profoundly.
When the scheduled day of birth was there, we first had an ultrasound and amniocentesis to ensure that the baby's lungs were mature. They were! So immediately after, I was prepared for the surgery. We were delayed an hour or so because we had to wait for some test results, but the waiting time was still enjoyable because of the presence of my good friend, and my husband. We played the CD and Chopin to relax us. When I finally lay on the operating table, the sensation of being numb from my arms down was pretty scary. I tried to breathe calmly but that was hard, too, because I needed a breathing mask. What calmed me most was my husband's voice repeating the healing statements from the CD. He kept repeating these statements until we heard our beautiful son crying and saw him rise above the screen!"