I am proud to announce the arrival of Baby Taiwanxifu, who entered the world on Friday. He is a strapping 4.08kg (9 pound) boy. Lucky I used some tips to induce early or he would have been even bigger because he wasn’t even full-term.
I managed (just) to have a natural birth without pain relief, although I suspect many think I am mad. Certainly the woman in the next room must have, who I am sure I scared into having an epidural after she was only partially dilated. I could imagine her thinking “I don’t want to have what she’s having”. And I was lucky that my obstetrician, Dr Wilson Tzeng, did not insist on a Caesarian: it is a National Health Insurance requirement in Taiwan that any birth believed to be over 4kg be performed by c-section. (I was self-funded and in any case we thought baby was big but not that big.)
For now I am recovering slowly, while enjoying special postpartum pregnancy food. But I plan to start blogging about postpartum confinement (and hospital food) soon.