The magnificent Morgan Oglesbee and Quintyn Avery (13 months). Morgan had a healhty pregnancy however her birth experience was not at all what she thought it would be and it has been very difficult to come to terms with that. She very much wanted a natural birth but ended up delivering via emergency cesarean after carrying to 41 weeks. Morgan was scheduled for an induction but went into labor naturally and started contracting. She dilated to 7cms and got an epidural to help manage the pain. At that point she stopped progressing and after about an hour they took her back to the OR but allowed her to continue to labor. For the next two hours they played opera music and danced around trying to make it fun but she stayed at a 7 and they ultimately decided it was time to operate. She had full feeling and was scared she may have to be put to sleep but a second epidural took after her husband had to leave the room so he was allowed to come in. Morgan was really out of it and doesn't remember much other than her husband crying and seeing the baby. She says it felt like time stopped but her husband was a great support. Morgan was very determined to breastfeed for as long as possible and made it 9 months when she returned to work but still bed shares with Quintyn. It was difficult and painful but she's very proud of herself and hopes that when it's time to give birth again she can have a vaginal birth.
Morgan continues to struggle with the changes in her body and her new scar but says she feels a connection with other moms who have delivered via cesarean and can related to the "c-section sisterhood". She wants to share her story with them and remind them that you have not failed as a mother.