Jump to content

Can you elect to have a c-section
if you have no medical reason for it


  • Please log in to reply
31 replies to this topic

#26 BeachedAsBro

Posted 13 April 2012 - 08:45 PM

My C/S was 'elective' but in hindsight was necessary. I'll probably go C/S again next time if we have more. I agree, find a care provider to suit your needs public or private & discuss your needs early on.

#27 mama2carysbaileigh

Posted 13 April 2012 - 09:47 PM

I have had two vaginal deliveries and both times there has been complications and I have been in the hospital recovering longer than the other mums who had c/s.  The second one, the delivery went textbook but had to get put under to manually remove the placenta, which wasn't as easy as they thought.  Waking up hours later to a screaming newborn and a white faced daddy was horrible.  I sometimes think that if I have a third I should ask for a c-section as I think I would rather be awake than put to sleep again.  I think that's why he's almost 4 now and I'm only now contemplating a third as it took me a long time to get over the birth.  Although at the back of my mind is that it is still major surgery, and maybe it might be third time lucky!  However, I can now understand why some opt for a c/s whereas before the thought of a c/s terrified me.

#28 loola

Posted 13 April 2012 - 09:59 PM

QUOTE (soontobegran @ 21/01/2012, 02:37 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I know several Obstetricians who will do their best to alleviate fears and discourage an elective C/S, I know several others who, when approached by a patient who is informed and educated with regard to the risks of C/S will say yes without a fight.
In the public system there are C/S for what 'others' may deem to be non medical reasons but due to funding etc there will be more resistance and more proof of previous trauma or emotional/mental health issues.
It is all about searching for the right caregiver for your needs.


I had a horrible labour and birth, and was advised to not be induced again due to a reaction and also with the babies size I was unable to get him out as I was 'narrow'? (he was forceps, I haemoragged severly and had a 3rd degree tear)  (typical, skinniest part of me is my vagina) and he had a big head and broad shoulders. I probably will go public next time and just use my insurance and hope for a private room, would I be able to seek a C/S as per my previous history and advice from the doctors?

#29 SylviaPlath

Posted 13 April 2012 - 10:02 PM

I went through private and paid a lot of money to my OB and he would only do it if medically required. Turned out it was for me in the end.

If I was your friend, I would be checking for certain that her OB is willing to do this.

Oh, and btw, I had the most horrible recovery. I was still sore after 3 months from my c-section, I couldnt bend for two months without horrible pain. I couldnt bath my son, put the pram together to go for walks or change his nappy on the change table for the first 8 weeks. It was terrible. We ended up moving to my mums house so she could help me.

I have friends who recovered really well from c-sections. It just wasnt the case for me.

#30 Justaduck

Posted 21 April 2012 - 08:58 PM

QUOTE (Orca @ 20/01/2012, 09:03 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Correct me if I'm wrong, but doesn't recovery from a c-section take a lot longer and is quite painful for quite a while? Does your friend realise it's not just, cut open - get baby out - stitch up, and voila! no pain, no tenderness, no restrictions??


Sorry I think pain & recovery is a very individual thing, it CAN take longer, but not necessarily. I had an elective for medical reasons, both respiratory physician and ob thought it was very likely my larynx would spasm in delivery & I would end up intubated & emergency c-section under general and honestly it was a breeze. Went in, got the spinal, vomited, bub was born, was up and walking as soon as they took the catheter out, showered myself and had very minimal pain, only needed panadol a few times. On the other hand, some of the other Mums from my antenatal class were in at the same time, having trouble getting out of bed and needing the shower chair after having vaginal births.

To answer OPs question yep she certainly can. There was a Mum in the antenatal class before mine who "didn't want to ruin herself" (her words, not mine) down there so had an elective, no questons asked

#31 Mummy Duck

Posted 21 April 2012 - 09:31 PM

QUOTE (keedensmum @ 29/01/2012, 04:06 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I just advised my obstetrician on Friday (1st appointment) that I wanted a c-section, (I don't really and I am scared of the operation and recovery but.....) this was after I explained my first son who is now 11 years old had a neonatal stroke and now has cerebral palsy and epilepsy after a long posterior birth.  There is no way I am taking any chance of anything going wrong again.  I am also 37 years old (so seen as to be ancient in terms of being pregnant!) and my baby is 3rd round of ivf conceived also.  My obstetrician had no hesitation in saying "I was going to ask if you want a c-section after that history".  I think, each to their own in their own circumstances.

Your history is similar to mine. My bs is now 13yo and I had a difficult birth 51 hours resulting in an emergency c/section. My OB had no issue with an elective c/s for baby #2 (cycle 9 of IVF) and now again for baby #3 (miracle natural pregnancy).

Due to my age (40yo this year), history and wanting the safest birth for the baby I am happy to make the choice for a c/s. Im not looking forward to the recovery and it is harsh however I honestly do not think it would be safe to try for a vbac.

I am also going privately so that the choice was more straight forward than I have heard in the public system.

#32 4WD_Baby#1

Posted 21 April 2012 - 09:42 PM

I think it should be up to the woman. I'm going to try natural if I can for my first bub and I have vaginismus, I really want to know how bad birth is before I go for drugs or c section lol




2 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 2 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

Life with anxiety

At times, I feel pretty worthless. In those moments, all I want to do is curl up into a ball and hide in the dark. I can try to quiet my mind, but it won?t shut up.

IVF leaves woman pregnant with another couple's twins

An Italian woman has been told the twins she is three months pregnant with are not hers.

'My mother-in-law found out our baby's gender behind our backs'

My husband and I mutually decided that we didn?t want to know our baby's sex before the birth, but his mother couldn't handle that.

What you need for the 'fourth trimester'

In my opinion, the first three months after the birth are the most intense. Here's what got me through that time after welcoming my baby.

Weaning a toddler off a dummy: a 15-day plan

Weaning your child off the dummy can be a traumatic experience for both of you. Here are some tips to help you through.

Choosing to be a solo parent

Two women share their stories of longing for a baby so much that they each decided not to wait for a partner before becoming a mum.

Asphyxia link another piece of the SIDS puzzle

An Australian study has uncovered information which could lead to a better understanding of why babies die from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

Rescue dog Zoey and BFF Jasper star in adorable pics

Photographer, self-professed "crazy dog lady" and mum Grace Chon takes photos of rescue dog Zoey and her 10-month-old son Jasper together. The results are just too cute. See more on Instagram @thegracechon.

The ultimate travel stroller: the Mountain Buggy nano

We tried the Mountain Buggy nano and give it an enthusiastic thumbs up. As the ultimate travel stroller, it's practical, has great features, and looks fab, too.

Mum's heartbreak as son dies in road accident

Daly Thomas and her two young sons were walking home from church on Tuesday afternoon. Her youngest son never made it.

New Kate Spade baby bag designs

Don?t adjust your screen: this bright beauty is coming to you in full colour.

Easter gifts for babies, no chocolate in sight!

If this is your little one?s first Easter you might want to mark the occasion with something a little extra special. Here are 10 Easter gift ideas, which won't harm little teeth.

Download now: Essential Kids Activity Finder app

Got bored kids? Quickly find the best activities for kids wherever you are in Australia with the Essential Kids app.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

Win the brand new phil&teds vibe

Check out the good looking new release of the Vibe 3 and the Verve 4-wheeler inline strollers. To celebrate their release, we have a Vibe with double kit to give away.

Baby sleep

From birth to one year and beyond, read about baby sleep, soothing techniques, routines, and sleep school experiences.

Easter gifts for babies, no chocolate in sight!

If this is your little one?s first Easter you might want to mark the occasion with something a little extra special. Here are 10 Easter gift ideas, which won't harm little teeth.

7 tips for a kid-free trip, not a guilt trip

Although I?m jumping out of my skin to take my child-free holiday, I?m dreading the goodbye. But I?m determined to make the most of it without tarnishing it with guilt or sadness about leaving the kids.

Itchibubs: clothes for babies and toddlers with eczema

Parents of children who suffer from eczema will know only too well the scratching that occurs around the clock. A new clothing range aims to help make everyone more comfortable.

Ear piercing: what age is best?

What is it that shapes our opinions on what?s an 'appropriate' age for our children to get their ears pierced? Parents share their views on how young is too young when it comes to piercing.

Caring for kids helps grandmothers stay mentally alert

Looking after grandchildren can help grandmothers ward off brain disease - but it's also possible to get too much of a good thing, researchers say.

Why I loved my third home water birth

After two water births at home, I was determined to give birth to my son the same way. I just hoped this birth would be quicker than my last two.

Revealed: 7 ways food marketers try to trick consumers

If you?re confused by food labels, you?re not alone. Next time you?re shopping for food, look out for these seven common labelling tricks.

'My mother-in-law found out our baby's gender behind our backs'

My husband and I mutually decided that we didn?t want to know our baby's sex before the birth, but his mother couldn't handle that.

 

Free Printable Activities

Keeping little hands busy

Free printable acitivity pages like colouring in, cutting, word finders, mazes, maths activities and puzzles.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.