I read an article online last night, which talks about the cons of having a C-Section. Here is the link, have a read (it’s not very long) and then come back and read my response below…I am less than impressed by the author’s single minded comments.
Mothering: The C-Section as Birth Control
Okay, you read the article, here is my layman rebuttal…
What utter nonsense! This is such a biased, narrow minded article. The author and Mothering Magazine should be more careful when posting one sided views so recklessly. Many women have traumatic experiences with C-Sections, but women who give birth naturally can also be traumatized by their experience. There is no right and wrong way – it is a personal preference.
The article has focused on the women who had emergency C-Sections – key word: EMERGENCY. Any sudden change to your birth plan at the last minute would be traumatic for anyone, but C-Sections should not be shamed to the corner so quickly.
I understand that there are complications linked with C-Sections, but hey, unless you live under a rock you will know that there are also complications linked to Natural births. Having a baby is a massive strain on a woman’s body, and nothing goes perfectly all of the time. Things happen that we can’t always predict and it then becomes an issue of how the situation is handled going forward. We all know the potential risks of having a baby, whether you push that giant watermelon out of your va-jay-jay, or it is cut out of you like a tumor – either way it can be dangerous. If you don’t know that, then you have no business having a baby in the first place.
Our first child was born Feb 2013 – a gorgeous little girl. For majority of the pregnancy we had decided to go the ‘natural’ route, but a month & half before she was due the doctor advised that we should consider C-Section earlier due to how much she had grown in the last month. It was the best decision we could have made because when she was delivered, her arm had been pinned in an awkward position, reducing blood flow. If we had waited until full term then there was a high risk that she could have had permanent damage to her arm functions. BUT, because of our decision, based on our discussion with the doctor, she was perfect and my recovery after the C-Section was (what I would consider) a breeze. I was up and out of the hospital bed the next morning, having a much needed shower, and walked around the nurses station on and off during the following days to stretch out my muscles. I experienced minimal pain for the first week at home and was pretty much back to normal and able to drive by the 3rd week (I use the term ‘normal’ quite loosely considering that a newborn = no sleep). The scar is practically non-existent and guess what…I am about to do it all over again in March 2015, when our son will be born – also C-Section.
I am not scared or concerned about anything because I have total trust in my brilliant OBGyn. I think that is the real difference between a great experience and a traumatic one – how did your OBGyn handle the situation and did he/she keep you and your partner informed on what was going on so that you could be as prepared as possible (I said prepared, not paranoid).
We can’t control everything, but if you have someone who is experienced and is able to keep you calm and give you the professional support that you need, then there is no reason why either option, Natural or C-Section, cannot be the best experience of your and your partners lives. For me personally, the most traumatic part of having Paige was the breastfeeding (a story for another post).
Childbirth is a miracle – no matter which route you end up having to go. As soon as you focus on that, then you can make the decisions that are right for you. Don’t sweat the stuff that you can’t control, just do what you need to do to get your new baby safely into this world.