Celebrity mums love to talk about their joyful, wondrous, drug-free natural births that empowered them and made them feel like goddesses. And that’s great for them. It’s harder to share the story of a birth that didn’t go quite as planned.
That’s why we applaud country music superstar, Carrie Underwood, for opening up about her caesarean and the mixed emotions she had about it.
Underwood, 32, gave birth to her first child, Isaiah, in February this year. But it’s taken her a few months to start talking about how she really felt about having a C-section.
“I feel like, emotionally, it was the hardest thing overall because I, for some reason, felt a little bit like I had done something wrong,” the former American Idol winner has revealed to country music station WMZQ. “I had guilt about it going in. So I definitely think that’s something that women should know that that’s normal.”
“You gotta do whatever you gotta do to have your baby safely. That’s kinda your first hurdle as a mum. It’s just something that you have to learn to be okay with and you’re not alone.”
Underwood was told she had to have a caesarean because her baby was in the breech position.
"On the days leading up, it was like, 'Okay, this is the deal. This is the way it’s going down.' So I had time to wrap my head around it."
Physically, she says, it was tough. She needed her mum to help her out after the birth.
"It was definitely just a longer recovery. And obviously I couldn’t do a whole heck of a lot for a few weeks afterwards."
"But we made it through all right and I have a sweet happy, healthy baby."
Here's Underwood talking about her motherhood. Post continues after the video.
It's great that Underwood could be so honest. We need lots of different birth stories in the media - not just the perfect ones. Because birth, often, isn't perfect. It can be dangerous and scary. There's a lot that can go wrong. There often needs to be intervention. And we should all be so, so grateful that intervention is available.
It's sad that anyone should feel guilty over having a caesarean. It's sad that it's a "hurdle" to get over. There are so many other emotions surrounding the birth of a baby. Guilt over how the baby was delivered shouldn't be one of them. We need to ease up on this pressure to have a perfect birth.
How did you feel about having a caesarean?
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