Johnson & Johnson recently created a campaign called, “For all you love.” This campaign is designed to have people celebrate putting the needs of others first. It also begs to question why we are willing to do just that for the people in our lives. For me, it proves just how powerful love is!
I remember the birth of my son like it was yesterday. My husband and I went to the hospital at 39 weeks so that I could be induced. We had been told by our doctor that it was our best chance at a vaginal birth.
As with most first time parents, we had an idea of exactly how things would go with our pregnancy. However, as with many parents, we realized quickly that sometimes you have to be willing to change your birth plan.
We were in the hospital for what seemed like forever when the doctor came in to break my water. I wasn’t progressing on my own, so he had to help me along.
I had been given my epidural, contractions were coming regularly and all I needed was to dilate so I could begin pushing. I was thinking happy thoughts as my husband and I awaited the arrival of our first born child.
At around 11:30 pm, the mood in our room changed from happy to terrified as the heartbeat of our unborn child plummeted. The monitors attached to my body began to emit an alarm that sent what looked like every nurse on the floor into the room. They all began to shift me from side to side trying to get the heart rate back to normal levels.
Within minutes, one nurse came into the room and tossed my husband a pair of scrubs. We were being told an emergency C-section may be necessary.
That is all I could feel as I waited for the doctor to come into the room and tell me our baby was okay. This did not fit into any plan that I had imagined when planning for giving birth.
As our doctor walked into the room, we were told that our babies heart rate was once again strong. He gave my husband and I the option to continue to wait for our little one to arrive naturally, or option two, he could do the C-section immediately.
The first question I had was, “Can you tell me that this won’t happen again if we wait?”
The answer he gave wasn’t enough in my opinion to guarantee that our son would be okay if I decided against surgery. After all, there are no guarantees in life. That meant for me, there was no other option. My doctor gave me a choice, but the love for my unborn child left me with no choice other than surgery.
This little person inside of me that I had never met, meant more to me than anything in the world. Before I had ever held him, I loved him and would do anything to ensure his safety.
I love that Johnson & Johnson recognizes the importance of love. This past Mother’s Day, Johnson & Johnson donated $150K to Save the Children.
Save the Children is the leading independent organization creating lasting change in the lives of children in need in the United States and around the world.
Share your “For all you Love” story with me in the comments.
I was selected as part of this campaign by The Motherhood. It is being sponsored as part of the “For all you love” campaign by Johnson & Johnson.