Post # 1
Having a “natural” birth (vaginal delivery, no drugs) seems to be all the rage these days. But in my family, c-sections are the norm. We just can’t dilate properly for whatever reason. And since I know there’s a 90% chance I’ll have a c-section anyway, I’d rather just skip labor/pitocin altogether and cut the baby out of me. I don’t even want to try a vaginal birth. Think about it. No possibility of tearing my perenium (this scares the hell out of me), no possibility of pooping myself during birth, and no hours and hours of painful labor. I’d rather have stitches on my stomach than stitches “down there”. Does anybody else feel this way too? And will a doctor allow me to just schedule a c-section without being a week or so late and without even trying pitocin? Is there any reason why I should prefer a vaginal delivery? (If I do go that route, I’m for sure getting an epidural.)
Post # 3
I had a vaginal birth with my daughter. I also had a pretty bad injury after. I separated my pelvis and was in a wheelchair for 4 weeks. I had a hospital bed in my living room and physical therapy in my home 3x per week. I had a second degree episiotomy and I was in labor for 22 hours. After all that, I can assure you that I would do it again in a heartbeat!
Here is why…
1. If you have an epidural, you are quite comfortable for a good amount of the time. Id say of the 20.5 hours of labor (before the 1.5 hours of pushing), I was comfortable for at least 17, mildly uncomfortable for 2 and very uncomfortable for 1.5. That’s all! Pushing is rough, but over somewhat quickly. The end result is an amazing feeling of accomplishment.
2. I had stitches but they were honestly no big deal and healed fast.
3. I didn’t poop, but wouldn’t have noticed or cared if I did. Hard to think about, but trust me, your mind will be elsewhere!
4. My resulting injury sucked, but it is EXTREMELY rare. So don’t worry about that!
Because of my injury, I will need a c section next time. I could have a vaginal birth if I want to, but it is likely to happen again. I can’t be in a wheel chair with a newborn and a toddler! But that is my only reason!
Post # 4
I know some doctors are fine with elective c-sections!
I’m pretty sure they’re not at my practice, but I’ve definitely heard about doctors who do them.
Post # 5
I used to think I preferred a c-section until I did a lot of research on it and talked to family and friends about the differences.
I’d rather take 20 hours of pain than weeks of recovery pain from a c-section while trying to manage a newborn baby.
Post # 6
Keep in mind that there are benefits for the baby with a vaginal birth. It’s not all about you.
- Babies born naturally are usually born when they are ready. Elective caesareans typically take place a week or two before the expected due date. However, many babies if left to be born naturally are born at 41 or 42 weeks. If there was any miscalculation, a baby removed surgically could be at risk for prematurity and encounter respiratory problems as a result of under-developed lungs.
- Babies born by vaginal birth have considerable lower risk of respiratory problems. The compression of the babys thorax expels the amniotic fluid during the birth process and helps to prepare the lungs to breathe air. There is a high risk of respiratory distress syndrome in babies born by cesarean and a high risk of asthma.1
- The passage through the birth canal stimulates the babys cardiovascular system, which boosts blood circulation and primes the baby for birth. There is evidence that this process also has long term benefits for the babys co-ordination. Cranial osteopaths are reported to be able to determine whether a baby was born vaginally or by caesarean.
- Babies born vaginally receive protective bacteria as they pass through the birth canal. These bacteria colonise in the intestine and are crucial for developing a balanced immune system, from childhood right through to adulthood.2
- During a natural, vaginal birth babies benefit from hormonal surges in catecholamines during labor, which results in them being more alert and able to connect with their mothers at birth.3
- Similarly, endorphins, natures feel-good hormones, which are secreted during an unmedicated childbirth have been found in the placenta and umbilical cord. These hormones may help the baby adjust to life outside the womb as well as make the birth passage more comfortable for baby.
- Babies born by vaginal birth exhibit more interest in pre-breastfeeding behaviours such as sucking and massaging the mother’s breasts. They are also reported to nurse for longer periods within the first 90 minutes after birth, which has many benefits for both the mother and the baby.
- A European study in 2008 found that babies born vaginally had a 20% lower risk of developing type 1 diabetes than babies born surgically.
- The process of labor is reported to enable babies born vaginally to cope with stress better than those born dramatically by cesarean. Cesarean birth triggers a dramatic stress response which could set up a child to always over-respond to stress.4
- If the vaginal birth was drug-free, the baby will not experience any side-effects of medication administered during the process.
- Skin-to-skin contact between the mother and baby can occur easily after a natural birth. This has many physiological benefits to the baby including optimal brain development as well as better attachment and breastfeeding success.
- Newborns are less likely to be admitted to the intensive care unit if delivered vaginally.
C sections can be life saving for Mom and babe but there are disadvantages too.Have this talk with your OB-GYN.
Post # 7
I’d only have a c-section if it was an absolute emergency.
Post # 8
Having a C-section is a major surgery. The healing takes longer, and it the recovery is much worse. No, i dont want that with a new baby just because I am scared of labor.
Post # 9
I’m planning on delivering vaginally. However, I think if I had done more research, I may have opted for a c-section. Because I am under midwidfery care, unless I transfer to an OB, I can’t opt for an elective c-section. There are pros and cons of both definitely. I’m just not sure what would be worse, csection incision healing through muscle or your vay jay jay after pushing a heffer through.
Post # 10
An old boss of mine ripped open her stitches TWICE after her last c-section. That alone would make me pick the discomfort of a vaginal birth.
Post # 11
I had to have a csection for both of my children. I went into active labor for both, however, I would not dialate past 2 cm for either one. My water had broken with my oldest, however, the midwife that was caring for me said that it didn’t break. Long story short, I went for 36 hours before the doctor advised that the baby was not moving and needed an emergence csection. 2nd child, I just wouldn’t dialate.
Recovery was not bad at all. 2 weeks later, I felt really great. Pain was minimal and manageable with just ibuprofen. I have seen several friends have horrible recovery after vaginal birth and had issues well past a month after birthing. No thanks.
Post # 12
@idoalterations: I kinda understand where you are coming from. My mother could not deliver vaginally with my older sister, and her doctor (back then) would not do a VACS, so me and my younger sister were both scheduled c-sections. She had told me the only ‘pro’ was that she got to pick our birthdays, but there some ‘cons’ too.
One, she feels she missed out on ‘something’, two, c-sections caused her body maybe more long term complications – such as, her scar (although they are MUCH smaller now) and scar tissue building up over time, which needed surgical repair. Three, your body still has to labor no matter which way you go…she said it kinda sucked that she labored after the babies were born, at a time she wanted to enjoy her babies! Finally, recovery took more time, and inhibited her from doing things for a longer time, like driving/working out, etc.
I have seen a lot of friends labor, then need a c-section, and it is then I just wish there was magic ball that would tell doctors/patients what will work, so it can just be planned 🙂 No meds, meds, vaginal, c-section!! That would be AWESOME!
Post # 13
There are a number of disadvantages to c-section births (and particularly to elective c-sections) – I would consent to a c-section only in the case of an emergency. Labor and delivery are normal and natural things.
Post # 14
@idoalterations: I am S.C.A.R.E.D of natural birth and I am not even TTC yet.
I would like to try to natural because I have a scar in the same place as you would a c-section because of a surgery I had when I was younger. The recovery time and pain was horrifying. Would I have it if it was necessary, yes, bc I wouldn’t want to harm my baby. I have no idea what natural birth is like though, so I can’t compare but from what I hear, C-section is worse.
Post # 15
@julies1949: this just solidifies for me why I want a vaginal birth.
C section is not in my plan whatsoever, except in emergency or if it turns out I flat out don’t have a choice. Babies are MEANT to be born vaginally for a myriad of natural reasons, many of which were just outlined by Julies. If I had your family history I might be more inclined to schedule a C section but I still don’t think elective C sections are a good choice.
My reasoning for wanting to go natural (no epi) stems largely from being incapable of moving, adjusting, or doing anything on my own to affect the outcome of the birth should the baby be in a poor position or in distress.
Post # 16
All I know is, my cousin is in her 27th hour of labor right now and she’s still only 2 cm dialated. And I’m pretty sure they don’t give you an epidural until you’re 4 or 5 cm dialated, right? My god, I don’t want to go through that. I know there are benefits to having a vaginal birth (such as those stated above) but I’m pretty darn sure it isn’t going to happen for me anyway. I don’t think 20+ hours of labor are worth a little protective bacteria.