The marvelous Megan Vaughn, Lawson (6.5), Jovie (5), and Lily (3.5)
Megan developed two high risk complications with her first pregnancy, a partial placental abruption and velamentous cord insertion. She felt lucky to avoid an emergency but the complications meant she had to schedule a cesarean birth after spending her last 10 weeks of pregnancy on bed rest.
With all of her children very close in age, and her high risk history, Megan was not considered a VBAC candidate and delivered Jovie and Lily via cesarean, as well, after typical pregnancies. While Megan had not been very educated or opinionated on birth with her first she learned a lot along the way and even though she felt confident that a VBAC attempt wasn't a good choice for her, she became interested in Lotus birth and talked with her OB. Megan's doctor was supportive and together they made hospital history by performing a modified Lotus Birth via cesarean. Lily was born with her placenta still attached and was able to nurse right on the operating table. Megan says she may still long to give birth vaginally but this experience was incredibly healing.
Megan believes that our culture puts too much pressure on women to look a certain way and the pressure is even harder postpartum. So many moms, even on first encounter, will speak of their need to lose the baby weight, or to be back in their old clothes. We are shown images of celebrities who bounce back like its nothing and these images are what our kids see. When adults idolize these celebrities our children are taught that to idolize those notions too. Megan says that she grew up with body image issues and dysmorphia her whole life, Her mom always spoke of herself negatively and she's determined to be the change for her kids. "Yes, I still struggle every single day, but I won't vocalize it. I try to set a good example with food & exercise. And by putting myself out there like this I'm hoping to be another unique, postpartum example that illustrates all bodies are beautiful."