Yesterday

Yesterday

Radiant mother, bespeckled with sweat

Will vaginally deliver, barring no threat

“Through my blood proudly come to your start

I’ll always love you, till death do us part”

 

One hour pushing, doctors mention

C section

Two hours of pushing, doctors threaten

C section

C section

Three hours. Mamma has strength. Baby is fine.

C section

C section

C section

 

Risk for infection demands dissection

“Time is what we need”, nurse disagrees

Mom cries, “my body is not my own”

Doctor’s decisions aren’t crafted to please

 

Of course.

She was trained to say no.

Avoid death and lawsuits; a quid pro quo.

Meds, curtain, disconnect mind from torso.

 

Surgeons stained satin, splatter bleached floor

Uterus outside chest, refugee in a war

of knives and sutures. Baby’s once home

bloody, battered, bandaged. Glory dethroned.

 

Same moment

Frozen in time, beautifully grotesque

 

Mother holds baby girl close to her chest

Tired baby sleeps on tired moms warm breast

Father, tear stained cheeks sing ineffable bliss

Heart full, gives his little angel a kiss

 

Radiant mother, bespeckled with sweat

Has delivered despite some grave threat

“Through my blood you’ve proudly come to your start

And I will love you, till death do us part

 

 

Cesarean sections in the United States have risen to 50 percent in the past two decades. We continue to have the highest risk of maternal and neonatal mortality in developed countries.

 

Osterman, Michelle, and Joyce Martin. "Trends in Low-risk Cesarean Delivery in the United States, 1990–2013." National Vital Statistics Reports 63, no. 6 (November 5, 2014): 1-16. Accessed October 23, 2016. http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvsr/nvsr63/nvsr63_06.pdf.

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