The courageous Cleoanne Estrera with her sons George (6) and Louie (2).
Cleoanne had a healthy pregnancy with George until the very end when she started swelling badly. She didn't think anything of it but went to the doctor to learn that her blood pressure was through the roof and she had developed preeclampsia. She had to deliver right away and after two long days of labor she was taken for a cesarean. During her cesarean the anesthesia wore off, she could feel everything. She kicked the doctor and was put under with a heavy dose of Ketamin. She hallucinated that she died on the table and when she woke up threw up on everyone and asked her husband if she had just died. She couldn't talk about her birth afterward without shaking and ultimately realized that she had PTSD and sought treatment. Louie's pregnancy was without complication and she was told she was not a good candidate for a VBAC so she scheduled a cesarean. She had started spotting about a week prior to his scheduled birth date and she went to the doctor to learn she had already begun to dilate and needed to go deliver right away. She was upset due to her previous experience but everything went very well this time. Cleoanne was able to breastfeed both of her boys for a bit over a year and says it was a wonderful experience. She says that she didn't have any body love or appreciation prior to becoming a mother but now that she does, wants to celebrate it.