I did everything right: I carefully selected a hospital with good, evidence-based TOLAC policies, I found a nurse-midwife practice with patient, yet thorough providers, I ate reasonably well, and I exercised regularly. At 39 weeks and 4 days, I started to go into labor.
As an obstetrician-gynecologist, I often joke with my colleagues about the “OB birth juju”, meaning that we, as OB/Gyns, tend to have weird stuff happen to us with our own births. The joke often seems like a truth.
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As OB/GYNs, one of the most common comments that we get from our patients during an examination is:
“I am so sorry! I didn’t get a chance to shave!”
My last pregnancy was exactly that-my LAST pregnancy. I wasn’t sure it would be until I went through one of the scariest moments of my life. The operating room will never be quite the same.
“Sure. You’ll be asking for an epidural when labor hits.”
“Contractions are the worst pain ever. There is no way.”
“Anyone who chooses not to get an epidural needs intense psychiatric evaluation and treatment.”
“I thought I was going to die. You need one.”