How to be prepared in case of an unplanned c-section

Dani Klein Modiset describes her unique and unexpected journey of giving birth and how she was prepared to have an unplanned c-section. Watch this video to learn more.
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How to be prepared in case of an unplanned c-section

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How do I feel about the pressure of having a natural childbirth? Okay, I had every intention of having a natural childbirth. I had 50 hours of birthing music, I had been to yoga – birthing yoga – for practically 40 weeks. I was completely immersed in the natural childbirth community and that was great until I got to the hospital, I went into labor, my water broke and the baby never dropped. Nothing. I must have had 5 people stick their fingers inside me to check my cervix. No action. Nothing. And the baby’s heart started to fail, they were seeing it on the monitor. So at one point I turned to the nurse and I said, “Well…” – and I was still committed to my natural childbirth – that’s the thing, even after the heart was going twice, they were monitoring the baby. And I finally turned to the nurse and I said, “Well, if this were 100 years ago, what would happen?” And she said, “One of you would die.” And that’s when I said, “Cut me open. Let’s get the baby out.” And then I returned – and I had the healthy birth and everything was fine – and I returned to that yoga world and I have to say I felt slightly like a failure, even though I had a beautiful healthy boy and everything was fantastic, within that world I do feel that there is an extreme amount of pressure to do it this, you know, the way that primitives did it. And sometimes, it doesn’t work out and that’s okay, it’s really okay. My kid’s great.

Dani Klein Modiset describes her unique and unexpected journey of giving birth and how she was prepared to have an unplanned c-section. Watch this video to learn more.

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Dani Klein Modisett

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Dani Klein Modisett is the creator/producer/director of the shows “Afterbirth…stories you won’t read in Parents magazine,” and Not What I Signed Up For. These are live storytelling shows where acclaimed actors and writers perform original, funny stories about how marriage and parenting challenges them in unexpected ways. The NY Post raved about Afterbirth… calling it,"the Vagina Monologues for the stroller set.” After playing to sold out audiences for five years in Los Angeles and NYC and also making stops in Boston and San Francisco, an anthology of stories from Afterbirth was published as a book by St. Martin’s Press. Dani is a contributor to Huffington Post, Parents Magazine, and the LA Times. Before having children, Dani worked as a comic, performing across the country and participating in the HBO Aspen Comedy Festival with a solo show she wrote called “The Move.” She also taught Stand-up comedy at UCLA and now teaches a workshop at I O West called “Writing For Performance.” Afterbirth is in production as a web series for the launch of Disney’s website for Mom’s, “Not What I Signed Up For” is being developed as a pilot for television with Jerry Weintraub’s company. Dani is a graduate of Dartmouth College and lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two sons.

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