‘I felt like a failure’ Actress Yael Stone shares honest account of dangerous birth after being rushed to hospital

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  • Yael Stone, known for playing Lorna Muccio in the Neftlix hit series Orange Is The New Black, has given a very honest account of her birth story on social media, after her planned home birth ended in an emergency C section.

    The mum welcomed her first child in May, and now she’s opening up about her birth story which didn’t go quite to plan.

    Yael had planned an at-home water birth, but after 21 hours of labour, she realised it was time to go to hospital where she had to have an emergency c section. Like many mums who seem their birth plan derail, she admitted she ‘felt like a failure’ as a result.

    Alongside a snap of her in a birthing pool, she wrote: ‘When I ventured back onto social media after a long time away I promised myself not to get caught up in the bullshit. I want to be honest, to be raw, to be real.

    ‘So I’m sharing the most vulnerable moment I’ve ever experienced. We lived a lifetime during the birth. We labored at home for 18 hours, hoping to deliver there naturally. The first 10 hours I felt like a warrior, after that something changed. The next 8 hours had me questioning myself, digging deeper than ever before and still not making the progress that our baby needed. I felt like a failure when knew it was time to go to hospital but we were so incredibly lucky to have that as an option.’

    By hour 21 of labor I was being rushed off for an emergency C section. When our beautiful daughter arrived she needed help to breathe and I needed help stay conscious. Without modern medicine and the expertise of the doctors and nurses our baby would not be here, I would not be here. Our birth experience was not what I’d wanted for but I know how lucky I am to hold my baby and feel her heart beating next to mine. I wrestle with what to do with this experience, it will take time to make peace with it. In searching for the positive I learned about the @aminatafoundation who are saving mothers and babies in Sierra Leone where you are 200 times more likely to die giving birth than in Australia, where I was lucky enough to give birth. I’m grateful to Aminata and part of my healing will be making a donation. Link to their website in my profile. Image by @alexvaughanphoto

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    She continued her story in the caption of another picture, this time of her in a hospital bed: ‘By hour 21 of labor I was being rushed off for an emergency C section. When our beautiful daughter arrived she needed help to breathe and I needed help stay conscious. Without modern medicine and the expertise of the doctors and nurses our baby would not be here, I would not be here. Our birth experience was not what I’d wanted for but I know how lucky I am to hold my baby and feel her heart beating next to mine. I wrestle with what to do with this experience, it will take time to make peace with it.

    The mum continued to say that she was lucky to be close to a hospital where she was able to safely welcome her baby, a privilege that women in other parts of the world don’t have, and said she would be donating to Aminate foundation – who help pregnant women and mothers in Sierra Leone.

    ‘In searching for the positive I learned about the @aminatafoundation who are saving mothers and babies in Sierra Leone where you are 200 times more likely to die giving birth than in Australia, where I was lucky enough to give birth’, she added. ‘I’m grateful to Aminata and part of my healing will be making a donation.’