Dude who never had a period and the other medical staff I should have hurt

That’s my ‘I told you so’ face

February 29, 2008, I was twenty-two and bored of being pregnant. 

Bumpy bus rides and raspberry tea did not induce labour the way pre-natal websites implied.

March 1, I awoke from an unprecedented pain. A warm bath didn’t sooth me, and my passed out drunk fiancé was just as useless.

Hours later, he awoke and his friend drove us to the hospital. Upon arrival I announced I was going to die.

“Oh we bring life here,” a nurse said in an  incredibly annoying tone.

Nurses lectured if I had attended pre-natal classes I wouldn’t be in such pain. The duration of my pregnancy involved a heart wrenching move to Ontario from BC, full-time employment, an abusive fiancé, and the obligatory doctor appointments. I was shy, anxious, and anti-social. A pre-natal class was not a realistic pass time.

Sitting pretty while a human tried to escape my body. Oh that should be painless, take a class, no worries

I think I puked on one of those lecturing jerks.

A male resident reminded me that delivery should not be painless, and scolded my request for drugs. I reminded him he had never even experienced period cramps. I then had  morphine injected in my sweet cheeked bum on a regular basis.

All the power to the women who went through labour drug free, but to those who were condescending about it to me: I’m not the kind of idiot who would pass up free, incredibly good, legal drugs. No I wasn’t a hero, I was awesome.

I was told I wouldn’t need a c-section.  I knew different.

Thirty six hours later it was determined I needed a c-section. The brat changed her mind and wanted to go back into her womb home.

Nurses sewed me back up and put my insides where they ought to been, speaking of how they had missed lunch that day.

On that disconcerting note, Patience Rachel entered a less womby world March 2, 2008.

I finally met her

The good news is when all was done I was treated like a queen in the maternity ward. Leaving those amazing women there was like leaving my own womb home for the second time. Thank you maternity Lakeridge Health Oshawa ladies.

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9 thoughts on “Dude who never had a period and the other medical staff I should have hurt

  1. Hillary,

    This blog post is astoundingly beautiful and the way it was written with humour makes me love it more every time i read it. It doesn’t seem to amaze me the arrogance those have towards so many things, especially when it comes to giving birth, which no man or person without children has any idea about it. Yet, those do not hesitate to throw in ignorant comments and advice.

    You’re a fantastic mother and your daughter is an absolute gem. You clearly are a strong person, and you went through so much to bring life into this world. You, like many other women, are heros to the world as you continue to bring such sweet children.

    Patience is awesome.


    Sarah Labatt

  2. Awwww thank you!

    “nurses, doctors, etc. seem to judge our pains and have a lack of sympathy toward the female condition” After my experience I’d have to agree. I must give credit, howver, to the aftercare women, thank heavens they were there to redeem the hospital.

    I’m glad you have a doctor who makes some sense finally xoxo

  3. Hillary,

    Let me first say that you were, as you are now, an absolutely beautiful mommy as you sat waiting for your precious young girl to enter the world.

    I completely sympathize with your concerns in hospitals when nurses, doctors, etc. seem to judge our pains and have a lack of sympathy toward the female condition. I suffer from a condition called endometriosis and have a male family doctor. I knew that his treatment of me was less understanding than it could’ve been but my concerns were confirmed when I finally met with a female doctor earlier this year. Finally, someone got it! While I’m still suffering, the new medication I was given from my female doctor has helped out more than before.

    People think women are weak, but any woman that I’ve talked to that has given birth would say that men are weak and challenge them to try pushing out a baby. And I know you Hillary, you’re proof of how strong us women can be!

    I think that people who work in a medical field should be given education on showing sympathy and human compassion! Even if we weren’t in pain, do people not understand the frustrations of having that “time of the month”? I suppose it’s easier to just ignore.

    You’re a complete inspiration to mother’s everywhere. Patience is very lucky and I look forward to drawing her another birthday card next year!

  4. This addition to your blog actually blew my mind, that people would talk down to you while you are in labour is beyond me. The titles on your page are great, and defiantly catch the attention of people looking through your blog. Your blog goes over a number of things for parents, and even gets a laugh every few lines or so. The articles are about things parents want to know, and your tattoo part is amazing.
    Your blog is relatable and keeps a professional line between yourself and the reader, while keeping things personal as well.
    Keep up the good work!

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