Post # 47
@plantains: Yes I have heard about the pain and call me crazy, but I, personally, would have tried it along with other “home remedies” to flip the baby. But the main reason is because like @zippylef, I too am terrified of a c-section. There are so many more risks that go along with a c-section that I would never electively put myself in that situation. It would need to be a medical need for me to have a c-section.
Post # 48
@eeniebeans: But if a baby has reached full gestational weight/age, then it should really be up to the mother and her OBGYN.
Post # 49
I think elective c-sections tend to be silly, in the same way I think gauged earrings are silly – not something I’d do personally, but it doesn’t harm anyone else. Not something that needs to be banned OR encouraged (in the case of people terrified of childbirth, I 100% understand – the stress of the impending delivery can harm your baby just as much as a c-section. That’s why I’m planning a non-hospital birth – 40 weeks of terror at the thought of a hospital birth would be bad for my baby. If a hospital birth ends up essential after week 36, the chance of me causing lifelong problems through my stress is basically gone.)
EARLY elective c-sections, on the other hand, tend to be detrimental to the health of the baby. I was an early c-section (non-elective), and to this day, I am hypersensitive to light, noise, and touch, to the point that my social life is limited and driving is often difficult. My mom always regretted not telling the doctor to wait those few extra weeks.