Bill Insisted On Being In The Room During Hillary’s C-Section, And Now I Love Him Even More
This week, Chelsea Clinton presented dad Bill Clinton with a “Father of the Year” award during a Save the Children fundraiser. The NationalÂ Fatherâ€™s Day Committee awarded him with the title. Chelsea said,Â â€œEvery day heâ€™s my dad, and I donâ€™t need an award to tell me heâ€™s the best that I ever could have hoped for.â€Â I love it when daughters gush about their fathers. I never had a close relationship with mine, so I think it’s part envy, part admiration that makes me gush along with them. In true Bill form, he told an amazing birth story while accepting her “award.”
Chelsea was a breech baby, and when they got to the hospital Bill and Hillary Clinton were informed that she would have to be delivered via C-section. Apparently, fathers weren’t allowed into operating rooms at the time that she was delivered. Bill refused to abandon Hillary. He told Parade magazine:
â€œIf you send her into that room without me, I think youâ€™re making a big mistake â€¦ I want to see my daughter born.Â They let me go in and hold Hillaryâ€™s hand. I saw Chelsea come out, and it changed the hospitalâ€™s policy on letting fathers into the delivery room when surgery was required. And from that day to this, I have believed without the shadow of a doubt that it was the greatest thing that ever happened to me.â€
I know the only thing that got me through those scary first moments of both of my C-sections was having my husband by my side. I can’t remember one thing that he said to me, I just remember staring right into his eyes as if I could just disappear into them and forget that I was on an operating table cut wide open, waiting for my baby to emerge. The moment our children were born was a moment we both shared. We got to take the first glimpse of our babies together. I can’t imagine going through all of that alone.
Obviously, Bill knew that Hillary couldn’t either. For a future father-of-the-year, that was a good call.