We heard a pop during delivery

Alex - alexd0875@hotmail.com

Posted 2010-01-17

So I broke my tailbone twice: once when I was a teen, very painful, but the recovery was not too bad, and once at 29 years old while snowboarding, and the recovery was agony, as it happened right before I got pregnant with my first child. Lots of pain during pregnancy, but the help of a physical therapist was fantastic, and I was doing okay with it when the birth took place. I ended up with a cesarian, due to a breech baby, not diagnosed by my doctors but until 4 cm into labor. My tailbone bothered me some more after the birth, for months.

For my second birth, I opted for a homebirth, since I was not finding the proper support for a vbac in local hospitals. The birth was VERY difficult, very long and painful. I did not have pain in my coccyx, but in my hips, which I can't explain why. I had to push my baby for over 5 hours. Once the head was out, my midwife had to pull him out to pass the shoulders, stuck in there for some reason... We heard a pop, she was afraid that she had broken his shoulder bone. I did not feel a thing. His shoulder was perfectly normal and fine. He had a nice blister on his head from rubbing on my broken tailbone the whole time. My baby actually "fixed" my tailbone while birthing. I verified this through X-rays several months after the birth. I did NOT suffer from coccyx pain after the birth or anytime ever since.

So to those women who consider a C-section due to a past coccyx injury, I say this: Either get your tailbone fixed by a chiropractor before the birth, so it does not interfere with the birth process (length of labor), or let it happen naturally, knowing that it will be a hard journey but all worth it for me: my coccyx issues are resolved, and I experienced a birth as it is meant to be, vaginally, naturally, beautifully. The bond I have with my second child is stronger than the one I have with my first, and I absolutely know that the cesarian is the reason for this difference.

Thanks so much for letting me share this!

Note from Jon Miles - Presumably Alex's coccyx was angled sharply forward before the birth, and was forced straight by the baby or the midwife. Some other mothers have not been so fortunate, and both mother and baby suffered a lot of pain because of a coccyx angled into the birth canal. See Misaligned, rigid, or long coccyx.

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