In a blog published on The Huffington Post, Kathryn Kefauver Goldberg describes herself as a "writer, blogger, twin mom" and she suggests that cesarean-section deliveries (C-sections) are misunderstood. After surviving infertility, in vitro fertilization (IVF), a high-risk pregnancy, and more, she describes her C-section delivery as "relatively easy" and says there are some things about the procedure that she absolutely loves.
- It was uncomplicated
Nothing else about giving birth to her twins was easy so her C-section was liberating. "Get in, get out. Be free."
- It happened on schedule
Nothing else about infertility and high-risk pregnancy was ever certain so knowing exactly when she would give birth was cause for celebration.
- The pressure to go "natural" was gone
The earthy culture in Berkeley, California, had Goldberg suffering pangs of guilt fantasizing about the carefree at-home births of the new mothers surrounding her. Was she being anti-PC to want a hospital birth?
- The finale matched the opening act
After a high-tech pregnancy with twins at 39 years of age, having a C-section seemed to Goldberg like "the medical equivalent of a police escort through this last passage."
- She always wanted a C-section
A history of medical and pregnancy complications had Goldberg thinking a natural delivery just wasn't in the cards for her. She feels lucky to have given birth the way she wanted it and she wishes the same for all women.
- No birth-plan details to fret over
The beauty of a scheduled delivery meant all she had to do was show up on time. The soon-to-be parents indulged in a last-minute romantic babymoon getaway the night before the twins were born.
- There was music
The couple packed their iPod for the procedure so they could listen to the same music in the delivery room that they played at their wedding.
- It wasn't as scary as "they" said it would be
C-section horror stories haunted her throughout her pregnancy but it wasn't the weird and uncomfortable experience she'd heard about.
- Just one short hour
There was an uncomfortable moment but Goldberg's doctor reminded her natural deliveries were uncomfortable, too, and they lasted a lot longer.
- The lasting effects of “birth-warrior mojo”
Goldberg writes that her C-section left her feeling tougher and less afraid about many aspects of daily living.
- Amazing, amazing, amazing
The human body, birth, technology are all so amazing Goldberg believes "surgery can be sacred."
- "Healthy and hollering"
Indescribable bliss and tears of joy were her rewards when she first heard "the song of two healthy baby boys."
Source: Goldberg, Kathryn Kefauver. "12 Things I Loved About My C-Section." HuffPost Parents. The HuffingtonPost.com, Inc. Mar 12, 2014. Web. Mar 20, 2014.