The Hug That Made Me A Mom – My Birth Story
This video by Huggies highlighting the baby-mother bonding reminded me of my D-day.
A mother’s hug is not just where the baby feels the safest, it’s what makes it the strongest. This is how my birth story goes….
As my hand groped in the air seeking some comfort, it was caught by warm hands which reassured me that all will be fine. I was puffing with all my might and it felt like a never ending ordeal.
“One more push, I can almost see the head, I promise just one more”
I gathered all the strength in my body and pushed so hard that it felt all the organs in my body would be thrown out with that. There I lay on the operating table holding the hand of my anesthetist, surrounded by all men and only one lady doctor in the room, unapologetic for my state or loud cries, sweating with great profanity. With that one push came out the baby still attatched to the umbical cord crying out aloud. I felt relieved as the pain magically disappeared but instantly focus migrated from my pain to the baby’s cry. Why was it crying so loud, was it ok? Even before I could process it, a small, messy bundle was kept on my chest. It calmed down and before I knew it it was again taken away.
I felt baffled with so much happening around me in such a short span. A warm hug engulfed me, my hubby was telling me that our baby boy (oh, boy!) had been taken to be cleaned and weighed and will be brought back soon. It was all fading in the background, lying down on the operating table, I couldn’t see him. I felt something was amiss and was very uneasy. Soon my crying baby boy was brought back all clean and wrapped. I did not know what to do but just couldn’t bear his wailing. Instinctively I took him in my arms and cajoled him. It calmed down as if recognising my body odour and sensing familiarity. I hugged him close and a sense of calm prevailed, this was my first actual maternal instinct. A memory which will forever be ingrained in my heart. From that day to today hugging my babies makes me feel the most secure and happy.
That was the moment I understood why a doctor always gives the baby to the mother the moment it is born. It is but nothing but the power of hugs. Baby having spent months in the womb goes through a lot of emotional upheaval in the birthing process and it is the assurance of the mother’s hug that calms it down. Such is the miracle of hugs.
Just like the mother’s hug, Huggies new Wonder Pants diaper are inspired by a mother’s hugs and are designed to provide the extra care. It is soft (like a mom’s touch) and extends like mom’s arms to give your baby a hug-like fit to ensure that your baby is confident and comfortable.
Are you a hugger? What has been your experience when hugging your children?
p.s. Huggies has completely redesigned their product, Inspired by a mother’s hug, with a new Hug-Fit design. This post is in association with Huggies.