Birth Story: Brandy Buckel

 photo by  Patience Salgado

Brandy Buckel shares her birth story in this week's blog post. Thank you, Brandy, for allowing us to share your story!

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 photo by  Patience Salgado

Being a plus sized girl, when I was pregnant I was already overweight. I was 4'11 at 185lbs and wore a size 16. I didn't care about my weight when thinking about how I wanted to labor; it wasn't even an issue but I found out quickly while at my first visit to the birthing center that weight DOES matter. I was told if my BMI hit 50 I wouldn't be able to labor at the center. I KNEW i wouldn't hit that but it still kind of hurt to hear.

Unfortunately the center closed down halfway through my pregnancy so I sought out a facility with midwives. At one of my first few visits I was asked about my plans for labor. Of course, like always, I held my head high and went on about how I wanted a natural, unmedicated, non intervention, vaginal birth. I was then told **being over weight makes it harder. If you can't climb a flight of steps without getting winded you are going to have a hard time having a natural birth. It's like a marathon, you wouldn't show up one day to do one without training would you? Try to get a little more physical so it will help you out**

 photo by  Patience Salgado
 photo by  Patience Salgado

Truth is, I DID get winded walking up the steps, I couldn't walk and talk without losing my breath. However being headstrong and knowing what I wanted, I let it go in one ear and out the other. I was mad at that midwife for judging me on my weight, for assuming I would have a harder time because i was bigger. Truth be told, I didn't get any more physical and I actually gained 32lbs that pregnancy. I let what the midwife said go and tried to avoid scheduling any appointments with her with the fear of getting criticized again.

It just so happens that at 40+6 when I went into labor she was on call. I labored at home as long as possible and decided to go in once my water broke and I noticed meconium. When I arrived at 5am on 6/29/14 i was already 5cm. I was hooked up to the monitoring which was protocol for 20 mins or so and received a bag of fluids for being dehydrated. My midwife came in at 6am and unhooked me from everything and let me get into the tub. I laid there with the jets, breathing through my contractions and listening to motown. I wasn't in there for more than 15-20 minutes before getting uncomfortable and having to reposition to my knees leaning over the side of the tub.

 photo by  Patience Salgado
 photo by  Patience Salgado

She came in to ask how I was doing and I told her I had to go to the bathroom. She then made me get out and get in bed. I pushed for a couple contractions and breathed through a few as well, got into a couple different positions and finally at 9:37am on 6/29 I gave birth to a 8lbs 6.6oz 20.25in POSTERIOR baby girl VAGINALLY UNMEDICATED. Never during my whole labor did I think (this is too hard, I can't do this). I was so happy that the midwife who told me that my weight may cause an issue was there during my delivery, then praised me for being a first time mom, having a bigger posterior baby and doing so all natural. I know she was looking out for me and giving me a heads up at my prenatal appointment, but plus size girls CAN birth too! <3 <3

 photo by  Patience Salgado