Food Sensitivity Consultant, RHN student, mama of 2
Name: Stephanie Sansalone
Occupation: Food Sensitivity Consultant, RHN student, mama of 2
Describe your birthing experiences:
I have had two birthing experiences, both very different, both at BC Women’s Hospital, both gender surprises, both with midwives by my side. With my first, I had a long birthing and an epidural birth that was very calm and beautiful, I will never forget the moment seeing my daughter’s eyes as she began to emerge, it was as if the whole world did not exist and it was just her and I, together triumphant, simply extraordinary.
My second my baby was breech, and I was advised to have a procedure called an external version, to try and turn the baby 10 days before I was due. During the process my water broke and I began birthing. Within 6 hours and after two faulty epidurals, I was ready to push and deliver. In spite of all our efforts my son was destined to come out feet first, and he did. My hospital room was standing room only, full of doctors and nurses wanting to witness a singlet vaginal breech birth. I didn’t mind in the least as I felt powerful, able, and confident that I could birth my breech baby — and also quell the opinion of many doctors, young and old, that a breech delivery should only be done by C-section. My beautiful son came into the world just as he wanted to, feet first.
What were you most fearful about prior to giving birth?
I feared the pain, as there was so much propaganda around this.
What was your favourite technique during your birth experiences?
Floating in a tub, positioning, and counter pressure.
What does the phrase “cascade of intervention” mean to you as it relates to child birthing?:
I haven’t heard this term before, but I could relate it to my experience with my son (my second birthing experience). Since he was born breech, there was intervention almost immediately after his birth. He was ‘classified’ and protocol dictated that he be rushed to the ICU (intensive care unit) as a ‘precaution’. This was very frustrating, and I demanded to be wheeled down to the ICU on my bed, so I could be with him.
If you could change one feeling during your birth experiences what would that feeling be?
What surprised you about your birthing experiences?
How each one was so different.
What do you most love about giving birth?
Holding my newborn baby and feeling that blissful moment of connection.
Share one thing you discovered about yourself during your birthing experiences:
I discovered a true power within, and a love from within I had never thought possible.
Describe the feeling just after birthing your babies:
With both I felt incredibly accomplished as a woman and as a human being. I felt that no other accomplishment could ever come close.
How has birthing a baby changed your perception of this life?
It changed everything, every fibre of me.
If you could share a single love message with a woman getting ready to birth her baby, what would that message be?
You are indeed built for this. You are a goddess and a warrior. Trust that power within you. Close your eyes and breeeathe this in. I promise you, you will never feel more accomplished. Get ready to feel a love like no other.