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“Labor and delivery of a baby while I had two broken legs immobilized in casts up to the knee was messy and difficult, but what an experience! The casts couldn’t fit in stirrups, and a water birth was out of the question unless I wanted the casts to dissolve and give my newborn something to chew on while he was delivered, so a nurse held up the pink cast, and my husband held up the blue one (we didn’t know what we were having, so we hedged our bets).
Since I have a history of short labors, this one didn’t disappoint, and 7 hours after my water broke, I had my newborn son, Riley. The most difficult part of the entire hospital experience was when the nurse took my Riley to the nursery to record all the measurements and vitals about 12 hours after he was born. I’m a paranoid new mom, so I had to follow her, and that involved moving at the speed of a turtle with the help of a walker after a natural birth that included an episiotomy.
My brain was obviously as immobile as my legs, because looking back now, I should have asked for a wheel chair…Oh well, I got the equivalent of a three hour spin class that day with labor, delivery and a tour of the maternity ward with the nursery being down the hall, up two floors in the elevator and down another hall, standing outside the door as the nurse did her job, then back to my room.
Phew! All worth it with my beautiful, 7lb. 2oz. Smiley Riley!
My bodily fluids somehow found their way onto and inside my casts, so the cloud of smell that followed me everywhere I went became powerful and interesting until I got those casts changed finally two weeks later.”
As an Author, Entrepreneur and Mom, Mary Kathryn Johnson has created online success since 2003. A fall while pregnant with her second son landed her with two broken legs, her first book, and business. She is now on her third business helping other Parents create their own family and entrepreneurial freedom through her podcasting, writing, mentoring and online courses.
You can find Mary at MaryKathrynJohnson, on her podcast, Parent Entrepreneur Power, or at MommyLoves. And you can reach Mary directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks so much for the chat, Bryn, and the chance to share my unique birth story with 2 broken legs in casts.
All our birth stories are as unique as our babies, right?!
Enjoy the Journey!