"The surgeons didn't even have time to count their tools before stitching me up as I was flatlining."
Christine Quinn from the popular Netflix reality series, Selling Sunset, is known for her fabulous flair and unabashedly dramatic personality on the show. But in her most recent Instagram post, she's getting real about the drama surrounding the birth of her two-month-old son, Christian. Warning: the details are genuinely traumatic. You'll want to give her a giant hug after reading what she and her baby went through when he was coming into the world.
In the post, she wishes her infant son a happy "two months" and then delves into her birth story. Selling Sunset is in the middle of filming its latest season, and she explains that she had to "relive" the experience for the show.
"Reliving the trauma on Selling Sunset about my birth experience, was one of the most difficult things I have ever done; let alone allowing these very raw, personal moments of my life captured on camera," she begins.
If you've ever watched Selling Sunset, you know that getting into the nitty-gritty of being emotional and vulnerable isn't really Christine's thing. Which just makes reading what she writes about her birth trauma even more impactful.
"I am not often publicly vulnerable, as I feel the responsibility to put on a brave face, despite still feeling at the time hopeless, terrified, and to this day traumatized," she writes. "Both myself, and baby Christian are lucky to be alive."
She explains that her water broke while she was actually in the middle of filming the show, and she was rushed to the hospital already dilated to nine centimeters. Christine says she was hyperventilating from the pain and was rushed into an emergency C-section because her heart rate was "plummeting," as was baby Christian's.
"Baby C's umbilical cord was wrapped around his neck," she continues. "Baby C was seconds away from not making it. The surgeons didn't even have time to count their tools before stitching me up as I was flatlining. They ran me through the X-ray machine immediately after surgery to ensure there was no remaining tools left in my body. I am so grateful for the doctors and surgeons that saved BOTH of us."
Whew. That is one harrowing, deeply traumatizing experience. There are so many birth stories like this for birthing people everywhere, and they're so hard to talk about—but talking about them with people who can empathize and educating other parents about everything that can occur is also so, so important.
"I thank God every day for my blessings, and my miracle baby," she writes. "Always remember life is too short and grudges are a waste of perfect happiness. Let go of what you can, and take chances. Give everything and have no regrets. Life is too short to be unhappy."
Christine acknowledges that she's a public figure and feels it's her duty to share these details with the public.
"With this, I realized that with the responsibility of being a role model, it requires complete authenticity, and I wouldn't be genuine if I didn't share my vulnerabilities in the process," she concludes. "That to me is the true definition of being a Boss B____."
Let's all acknowledge the courage it took Christine to not only endure what she did, but to share her story with everyone as well. We're so happy she and baby Christian are happy and thriving.
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