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#26 country~mum

Posted 28 January 2012 - 10:49 PM

I've had three c/sect - the first was emerg and the second two were elective. The second two were wonderful, peaceful experiences. The first was fine in terms of the recovery etc, it was just a rush as I'd been labouring for 24+ hours with virtually no progression and my baby went into distress. However I still wouldn't describe the actual c-section part as a 'negative' experience. All the best!!

#27 CNE

Posted 05 February 2012 - 12:49 AM

Hi, I had a c-section too.
In the end, c-sections are still births - things that you don't plan can happen (as you know) so while it's good to have a plan, it's better to be open-minded and have a plan B.  Our midwife bought our bub straight to me, and I got to press my cheek against his and hold him.  
As it happened with me, full skin to skin contact wasn't possible with me in the first hour, however, our bub had beautiful skin to skin contact with his dad - that was our plan B and it worked well.  I ended up breastfeeding him for nearly a year so we got plenty of skin to skin contact later - don't stress about skin to skin!
Also, there's a lot of positive vaginal birth classes (where they represent c-sections fairly negatively) out there.  I'd really recommend going to a class on elective c-sections if you can.
Finally, I just tell all the people who ask me why I "chose" to have a c-section that I did it because I was too busy to push and wanted to keep my lady-bits pretty.  That's what they want to hear anyway and it always gives me a good laugh afterwards.
Good luck.

#28 Lightning_bug

Posted 05 February 2012 - 01:00 AM

My first was a very traumatic emergency c-sec and I vowed not again.  So with DD I planned to have a v-bac but had pre-eclampsia so they booked me in for an elective.

I have to say it was probably far more amazing than I thought possible.  The night before I expressed into syringes just in case recovery took a while.  I was completely prepared.

There were tears but my high anxiety sees a phsical reaction when one isn't warranted.  And then she was born.

Unlike my son I got to be fully present for her birth.  I got to hear her cry and to touch her.  I got to watch as they cleaned her up and did her tests all before they seperated us.

Like my son I was held up in recovery so they needed to feed her.  Unlike my son, who was given a bottle, my little girl was given the syringes I'd prepared.  They got my husband to go skin to skin and feed her the syringes.  My mum said it was the most beautiful thing she'd ever seen and that DH was so in awe of his little girl.

When she came to me I was awake and alert and she did the breast crawl which was nothing short of beautiful.  In myself I was far more at ease with my physical condition and up and walking only two hours after returning to my room (it helped they hadn't attached the catheter properly and I'd been holding for all that time).  The drip also fell out and after so many attempts to get it in I refused to have them put it in again.  So I was drip free (the only condition was I had to drink a lot so I was sculling down jugs of water!).

If I had my time over, knowing I have such high anxiety, I would choose to have an elective c-section.

#29 Justaduck

Posted 13 February 2012 - 02:35 PM

Thanks for starting this thread. On consulting with Ob & respiratory physician we made the tough decision to go down this road for our daughter's birth. I possibly could have a normal vb, but if anything goes wrong with my breathing then the only option is to intubate me and do an emergency c-section, which means both DP & I miss the birth. Even though it is being done on medical advice, there are still the people questioning things & judging the decisions made.

The decision was only made last Tues so I have a lot to ask at my appt tomorrow, but from what I gather they will cut the cord long, and DP gets to cut the length off it. I have a feeling they mentioned at antenatal classes that Mums don't really get to hold bub or anything until recovery, but Dad does. Am hoping to chat to them about having a quick cuddle once she is assessed though.

Really wish there wasn't so much judgement about the decision made. I don't think anyone chooses this way of birth (unless it is an emergency) without researching & consulting with professionals about what will be best for both mother & baby.

#30 kglslks

Posted 13 February 2012 - 02:42 PM

I LOVED my elective c-section. Exactly the same story as you, with tramatic emergency c-section with DS. The BEST decision we every made, we were calm and in control. It was all SO lovely - held her straight away, brought into recovery with me, feed straight away for an hour, held her back to room and kept her with me. LOVED it! It was a beautiful birth. We went elective c-section, as Ob could not promise successful VBAC (obviously), and I would do anything to not go through what we went through with DS.


Good Luck.

#31 giggleandhoot

Posted 13 February 2012 - 02:46 PM

My first was emergency C-section and wasn't flash. The 2nd whilst not elective, it was pretty clear my body just can't do birthing. So whilst it was 'classed' as emergency the 2nd one it was far from it, more along the lines of an elective, just after 36 hours they still couldn't even find my cervix.  It was lovely and all i could've hoped for with a c-section. I was lucky the hospital i chose 2nd time round was all for keeping bubs and mum together so unlike the first time, she wasn't taken from me and stayed with me all through recovery where i could BF. I could then watch DH bath her as i missed out seeing that with DD1 as well. I really really loved my second c-section.

#32 Joza

Posted 16 February 2012 - 11:32 AM

Thanks so much for all of your beautiful, positive c-section stories everyone!
27 weeks tomorrow and we have our date booked in (unless bubs decides otherwise of course!)
I also attended a Caesarean class at the hospital I will be delivering at, and they took us through the whole procedure, including the recovery ward and showing us where the operating theatre is, so nothing is new on the day.
I am starting to get really nervous, but also reallllllly excited!!
Thanks again, and I'll be sure to pop in here with the birth story after it all happens  original.gif  
Jo

#33 samshine

Posted 10 April 2012 - 08:22 PM

After being very much reassured by a few stories in here whilst waiting for my own elective CS I had to come back and share my own positive experience hoping it reassures someone else waiting  original.gif

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