Post # 1
when I was in europe a lot of people have a “natural birth” but over here in the US most women I know who’ve had a baby chose to do the C-section. Is there a reason for this? Someone I know told me it was cheaper to have the C-section? Is that true?
Post # 3
I at first opted for a C-Section over labor because I was terrified if going into labor. My doctors talked me out of it and I eventually was induced and then ended up having an emergency C-section. For my next baby I will DEF. have a VBAC. Labor hurts but when its over its over. A C-sections takes WEEKS to heal and for some woman (like me) VERY VERY painful! I was left with a scar and numbness along the entire bottom of my stomach that I still cant feel even 2 years later. If its not medically necessary I wouldnt choose to have a C-section.
Its also not cheaper what so ever! Your having major surgery which is going to require alot more medical attention plus alot more medication then just natural birth. I’m honestly not sure why woman would just want a C-section unless they feel they needed it. Its a major surgery. Not a quick fix by any means! I hoped I helped some!!!
Post # 4
Two of my friends were recently talked into having a c-section because they were told that their babies were too big to deliver and it would just be easier for them to go ahead and schedule the c-section. One of them ended up having an 8 1/2 pound baby, granted thats a good size baby but by no means is that so large that she couldn’t have had delivered her vaginally. The other friend didn’t really agree that the baby was too large but she agreed to it because she was really uncomfortable and just wanted to get the baby out. Her baby was only 8 pounds.
I’ve heard the baby is “too big” from a lot of people lately and I don’t know why doctors would want to push for the c-section. Aside from the ease of scheduling it is definitely a longer healing time and I wouldn’t have missed the experience of going thru labor with my little guy.
Post # 5
i feel like many doctors here dont want to ‘wait’ for you, so they tell the mother a c section is the way to go, or your baby is too big, etc… imo, i disagree. unless my life or the life of my baby is in danger, if i was told to have a c section id tell that doc he could shove it. im a strong believer that natural childbirth (unless there are complications of course) is the way to go.
Post # 6
I’ve always loved the fact that C-section babies can be “scheduled deliveries” as I am not a person for surprises, however my friend recently had to get a C-section and she said it hurt so bad when they have to break your water with the hook.
Her child’s head was 15cm and apparently that’s too big for a vaginal delivery?
Post # 7
Ricky Lake produced a documentary called “The Business of Being Born” that talks about the waiting issue with doctors and hospitals. Also, how obviously people trust doctors so they want to listen to what they say (with babies that are “too big”, etc).
@stephanie63087: I’m like you, I DO NOT want a C-section. There would have to be serious, serious complications for me to consider it at all.
Post # 8
I didn’t think you could opt for a c-section or that it would be recommended under normal circumstances. Only time I’ve heard someone had a c for their first child is if it was the last resort, and then usually after the first one, the rest of the children are born c-section also.
Post # 9
@Derbybride: Seriously? I was ten pounds when I was born and my mom birthed me naturally! Her smallest was well over eight pounds.
A lot of times, people seem to get c-sections because doctors aren’t happy with how fast the labor is progressing, or the woman has been trained to be terrified of birth. Of course there are good medical reasons for c-sections, but the c-section rate in the US is still astronomically high.
Post # 10
I’m not sure which would have been better in my situation. I was induced and was in labor for 18 hours and sorry if Too Much Information, had an episiotomy from hole to hole, and was drugged up and couldnt walk for a week. eek. i basically hear a c-section is the same exept no labor! I think I would still never opt for a section though because going under anesthesia and getting cut on freaks me out. and NO they are not cheaper. I think some people do it because they dont want to go through the labor process. I thought people couldnt CHOOSE to have one and the doctor had to recommend it?
Post # 11
@pinkshoes: nope, if you say you want one, most docs will oblige. also nowadays, just bc you have one child by c section, the rest can usually be born vaginally (bc they cut the muscle differently and it heals much stronger)
@bpcmarj: yea, the thought of having a surgery that i do not need is sickening to me! plus its much more traumatic for mother and child (mind you i have no children, i just read alot and am a nursing student) i have my heart set on a water birth when i do decide to have kids 🙂
Post # 12
In Canada you can’t schedule a c-section, they only do them in a high-risk situation (I think, correct me if I’m wrong bees!). Even if we could, I don’t think I would want one. I have heard they are extremely painful to recover from…
Post # 13
@bpcmarj: I saw that Ricki Lake documentary too. Although it freaked me out (they said children born by C-section aren’t as bonded with their mothers) and after doing some research i realized it’s very one-sided, the info about C-sections was enlightening.
Supposed to some sort of chain effect: labor is painful, mother gets epidural, contractions and labor slow, pitosin given to hurry things along, baby goes into distress, C-section ordered. Not sure how medically sound it is, but eye-opening all the same.
Post # 14
It’s 2010. Why are these the only two options, dammit! Natural = total loss of dignity, takes at least half a day, and tears you up or We slice you open and pull the baby out. Happy recovery!
Not looking forward to it.
Post # 15
My friend had a C-section last year (she wanted to give birth naturally, but had some last minute medical issues after hours of labor and the doctors said the baby needed to be born ASAP), and she said she couldn’t hold her baby right after she was born because her arms were so numb from meds from surgery. That really freaked me out.
I know some maternity plans allow for extra time off with a C-section, but ours in capped at 6 weeks either way. I want to deliver naturally, but whatever the doctor’s advise is what I’ll do.
Post # 16
I think a lot of women are a bit scared of having a baby and how it will affect intimacy. A lot of the stuff I’ve been reading says not to worry, everything will return to normal (unless you get an episiotomy), but who knows, I feel like there’s so much biased info out there.
The only conclusion that I’ve come up with is that nothing is completely bad. Like there’s a time and a place for c-sections but it’s more the pushing women to have something they don’t need that turns out bad since it is major surgery.
Labor seems like a big unknown since you don’t know how your body or the baby will respond to labor so I think a lot of times people get nervous and jump the gun.