Like many expectant mothers, Raquel Maldonado looked forward to the act of giving birth to her baby girl. However, the weeks leading up to the baby’s delivery didn’t quite turn out how she expected.
At 32 weeks pregnant, Maldonado was told by her doctors that her baby was breeched. She and her husband discovered that it was illegal for midwives to deliver breech babies in California. This meant she would require a C-section to ensure her and the child’s safety.
Maldonado was horrified at the thought of having a C-section. She believed the process would take motherhood away from her — that she wasn’t really giving birth to her baby, so she wasn’t really a mom.
Still, she knew she had to go through the process, but when she took a photo of her scar, Maldonado had a shocking realization about what it means to give birth.
See her stunning message below…
The last few weeks leading up to Alexa’s birth, I was scared. I was terrified of this surgery. I was afraid of this scar and the long-term effects it would have on body and my mind.
I was worried I would feel inadequate, like I didn’t give birth to her. So many different fears lingered, but SO many other mamas told me, it would all be OK.
And it is. I don’t feel as if I was robbed of a birth or like less of a badass. This scar proves that I am indeed a #badassmama!