On Thursday, December 2, as Aneka sat at home nine months pregnant, the phone rang.
It was her obstetrician wanting to know where the heck she was. Did Aneka forget that today was the day for her cesarean section? How could she have forgotten?
No, Aneka hadn't forgotten. She hadn't shown up intentionally.
"She told me, 'You're being irresponsible. Your baby could die. You could die,'" Aneka recalls. Then the doctor hung up.
Ginger's shortened version: With Aneka's first birth, her doctor decided that 10 hours was too long for anyone to labor and he ordered a C-section. Since her first was a C-section, he said her second one had to be too. And her third. Finally, when she was pregnant w/ #4, she started reading up on VBACs.(Vaginal Birth After Cesarean)
On December 5, three days after the C-section that never took place, Annan Ni'em was born at home. He weighed 9 pounds, 6 ounces and was delivered after 20 hours of labor, and, she says, just four minutes of pushing. He was completely healthy.