Saturday, October 18, 2008

Planned C sections

Planned C/S... they cause a lot of scrutiny and controversy. Personally I see no issue with them as long as the baby is at term. From what my Dr. told me C/S are more dangerous in the sense of it being surgery for the mother, it is actually less dangerous for the baby.

I remember a story of a woman who's husband was going to Iraq (at the peak of this war)and would be leaving a week before the baby was due. She wanted to have a planned C/S so at least her husband could see the baby in case the worst happened, and he ended up dying in this war. She did get a lot of support, but there were some people who insisted a baby's time to be born should not be planned, regardless of the circumstances.

You also hear about celebrities who "plan" when they have the baby to avoid pain, stretch marks, fear, whatever... they usually can get what they want, because they are celebrities. Personally, I think if you can pay for it, and the baby isn't at risk, I see no issue. I know many do, and I have always wondered why. Sure, its shallow...but will it hurt anyone except the mother who made that choice? I remember how fearful I was before my first son was born...who's to say I would not have done the same thing if I had the money? (I did end up having C/S's) I am not a Dr.. so I am not sure, I am just going by what my Dr. said about a term baby. I kind of feel like I should mind my own business before I stick my nose into others...but is that sticking my head in the sand?

Any insight?


Casey said...

I didn't have C-Sections either time but I wouldn't have minded. I think it's so awesome that you can schedule the exact moment your kid is born... I hated the waiting and anticipation of when it was going to happen and where my water was going to break. Luckily, I was induced both times so it was sort of planned.

Great-Granny Grandma said...

Just popped over from Rachel's blog, and she is right. You do have a great blog.

Shannon ( said...

My first born was induced (a day before her due date) b/c my dr was leaving on vacation. I wanted him to deliver her so I was fine with it. It was the dr's idea. I know my father was really upset with me b/c he felt like we shouldn't force her out if she wasn't ready. But all in all it worked out just fine!

Anonymous said...

Honestly C-sections scare me so I wouldn't have had one unless it was a dire emergency. I don't know what I believe about C-sections for convenience though. I worry about ORs being tied up and someone who needs an emergency one not being able to get it and a baby dieing.

ComfyMom~Stacey said...

My first was a planned CS. He flipped to head up at 40 weeks & was sitting cross legged on my cervix. So the doc scheduled it for a week later. My second was a VBAC.

I don't think it's anyone's business how others choose to have their babies, unless asked. It's their body, their child, their choice and if something goes wrong then on their head be it.

Some people don't get a choice though because they are badgered by hospital staff & their OB into one intervention after another that don't work because it really isn't time for the baby to be born and end up with a CS. I don't agree with that.

Marina Kuperman said...

I had a planned c section. and it was great. since i live in costa rica, my mom was able to fly in for the time of the delivery! it worked out great.
I've added you to my new blogger friends! Can't wait to read more of your posts.

The Healthy Mom said...

I agree with you. If a mother wants to have a planned c section it is her choice and her doctor should respect that wish. Of course the Dr. should also take into consideration the health of the baby when deciding on the c section. Personally I never had a C section but for many women that is in their best interest.

Andrea said...

I say to each their own. If a dr. is willing to do it, then it must be ok. At least that is how I think. I personally was terrified of having a c-section and prayed and prayed that my pregnancy did not end in one. I was lucky, things were headed in that direction, but the crisis was averted. I haven't had one, so to me it feels foreign, but whatever is best for baby and mom is the way to go.

Saundra said...

I had 3 c sections. My 1st was because he was breach.

I tried a v-bac (vaginal birth after Cesarean) with #2, and after 20 hours of labor, I dilated to 2 and stopped. His huge head was stuck.

They didn't allow me to try another vbac with my 3rd. They took him 2 weeks early.

I just wanted to be a Mama, whichever way was the best according to my wishes and my Dr's.
If C section was safest for us... then great.

They weren't so bad. Labor hurt like hell, but so did the incision.
Either way, we can't seem to get out of having pain with having children.

Great post!

Natalie-Little Shindigs said...

I've had two C's. The first was an emergency C'. My daughters heart rate was dropping and she was under distress. I was not dialating.
My son was a planned C'. Considering my first experienc...I was all for it.
For those who think C's is the easy way out. You are way wrong. It is afterall considered major surgery, it is painful and it takes a very long time to recover.
If people are actually choosing to go through that, well more power to them... Just as long as Mommy and baby's health are being considered.
It is certainly not up to the public to criticize such personal matters.

BTW...Thanks for stopping by my blog. Looking forward to reading more of yours.