The amazing Kimberly Perez and Mateo (6 months). Kimberly was born at home herself and says it's just what her family does so she anticipated that's what she would do as well. After all day sickness for the first 17 weeks of pregnancy Kimberly was able to begin enjoy some time before she was diagnosed with gestational diabetes. She was frustrated by the diagnosis but grateful she was able to keep things under control with diet and exercise and not risk out of her plans to give birth at home.
At 30 weeks, Mateo was sitting comfortable with his head up but she knew there was still plenty of time for him to turn. When at 36 weeks he hadn't changed position she began trying everything in her power to turn him. Spinning babies, acupuncture, chiropractic, Webster Technique - everything. She ultimately went to the doctor for an external cephalic version which was incredibly painful. They got Mateo to turn but her flipped right back around, they tried again and the same thing happened only this time his heart rate dropped as well. Kimberly was too scared at this point to do anything but schedule a cesarean which was very difficult for her and so different from what she'd been planning for.
Kimberly asked for a "gentle cesarean" and they pulled the curtain down so she was able to see Mateo just as he emerged. Kimberly was able to get him to latch and nurse in recovery and says that knowing there wasn't any option other than to breastfeed him helped her reconcile not having the birth she had hoped. Recovery was quite painful for Kimberly and she still has numbness around her incision that is bothersome today. Breastfeeding is going very well and she says that she knew if once she got past one month that they'd be just fine.
Seeing and reading stories that celebrate the beauty in motherhood since before she was even pregnant has allowed Kimberly the space to know that she is not alone in her experiences and she's very excited to now be able to share her own story.