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Reason for C-Section?

User - posted on 04/13/2009 ( 169 moms have responded )

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I was just curious what complications everyone ran into with their deliveries that resulted in having a C-section? I was induced 2 weeks early due to high blood pressure and my son's head was too big and got stuck, so after a couple hours of pushing to no avail thats how I ended up with mine!

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Rebecca - posted on 04/16/2009

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I want to make sure that I was not misunderstood - if i had the choice of a c-section or unhealthy baby (or worse) of course c-section was the option. I jsut always have that little niggly of guilt in the back of my head, especially since I had the only c-section in my family. I understand that c-sections are sometimes necessary and are even preferred in some cases, just would never be my personal first choice based on my own experiences. It is encouraging though to hear that c-sections have gone well for others, expecially if I decide one day to have another and end up with another c....

Elizabeth - posted on 04/15/2009

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First of all, I think c-sections are great. You don't get a special medal for having a vaginal delivery and whether you push or the doctor pulls everyone (generally) ends up with the same thing - a healthy baby. Each form of delivery has different recovery difficulties so I'm not that sure that you can compare them. Anyway...With my daughter I had pre-e and H.E.L.L.P. Syndrome and had and emergency c-section at 35 weeks. I was at my 35 week appt. and my bp was climbing higher than the week before so they sent me to the hospital for a non-stress test and some blood work. That was at about 5pm. At 6:00pm my doctor came in and said, 'your liver's failing...want to have a baby tonight?" He acted like it was no big deal, but she was out by 6;30pm. Her apgar was 4, the 5 so she spent about a week in the NICU with the normal preemie problems; forgetting to breathe, low birth weight, couldn't regulate her own temp. and was having trouble eating because she couldn't figure out the whole suck-swallow-breathe cycle of nursing/bottle feeding. I didn't numb for my c-section - it hurt quite a bit! My husband said I was screaming - can't say I remember that - I do remember the anethesiologist(sp) apologizing over and over. I was so convinced that I was having a boy (no proof) that when they told me that she was a girl I keep saying, "are you sure," so instead of showing me her face they showed me her crotch! After some after-pregnancy problems by ob-gyn advised me not to have another baby. I decided to have another baby, but planned on having a scheduled c-section. Baby had another idea...horrible pregnancy - pre-e/H.E.L.L.P. syndrome started in at about 6 weeks. I was on bedrest for 19 weeks and in and out of the hospital all of the time. At 34 weeks another emergency c-section. This time it was a big deal - they knocked me out and didn't waste any time getting him out. I was told that his first apgar was a 0 and his second apgar was a 2. He was pretty much dead when he was born. Thank the Lord for great doctors and a fabulous NICU. A little over a week later we were both home. I had a tubal because I didn't want to risk my life or another child's life by getting pregnant again. Long enough for you? That was the short version believe it or not!?!

Samantha - posted on 03/21/2015

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I was admitted into labor and delivery not because I was dilated enough but because every time I had a contraction my baby's heart rate would drop and then come back up. After about 7 hours I was dilated to a 5 but the doctor came in and said that the heart rate was dropping way too low and that I had to go in and have an emergency c section. And about 10 minutes or less later my baby girl was born.

Jocelyn - posted on 07/28/2012

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I chose to have one from the beginning. best experience EVER, so glad we live in the US and we get to choose! I was scheduled for the morning of May 5th, but Sanders came the night before at 10PM, so we did it that night instead. Funny thing, after the OB pulled him out, he said "Dear God, I'm so glad you asked me to give you a c-section. This child's head is so big, I almost couldn't get him out thru your incision! I had to use our vacuum extractor!"

Christine - posted on 07/24/2012

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I had my c-section for my son because his cord was wrapped around his neck :(. But I VBAC'ed for my daughter :):)

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Shannel - posted on 01/02/2014

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I Had Twins Girl and Boy july 17 2013 , There 5 months now :)) But My son was feet first and Daughter was Head Down Sooo they took them and it wasnt that bad i healed fast you can't even see my scar #TeamCsection lol

Nicole - posted on 08/12/2012

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when i was pregnant with my daughter (which she will be 1 year on the 16th of this month) my due date was aug 23rd. my water broke a few mins before 2 in the morning, and i just went back to bed, only becaause i wasnt feeling any pain/contractions. anyways, when my husband and i went to the hospital (8am) i still wasnt having any contractions, or pain, so they induced me, later that day, they stoppped giving me the medicine tht induces you because my contractions were 3 mins apart and they were sweezing my daughter. long story short... finally after being in ''labor'' for 23 and a half hours, my dr looked at the hearbeats and said that it wasnt good. so he told me that if her heart wasnt going to go back up he would give me a c section, also my daughter wouldnt go down. when they cut me open and saw her, i heard one of the nurses say that her cord was wrapped and also they told my husband that my pelvic (sp?) was too small so she wouldnt have been able to pass if she wanted too. yes i was really scared when my dr told me that i wasnt going to give birth the natural way but im soooooooooo happy that i did because my daughter wouldnt be here today.

Kim - posted on 08/06/2012

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I had my daughter by c-section after 36 hrs in labour and still only being 3 cms dilated then high bloood pressue which developed into pre eclamsia and baby in distress.
I have since found out action should have been taken much sooner.
My second baby was a planned section and went so much better.

Jennifer - posted on 08/01/2012

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Same scenario for me, just a lil different. I was induced on my due date and didn't progress past 1 1/2cm. So I was given a second round of petocin 24 hours later and only got to 4cm in 36 hours. So I had an emergency C-section. Appearantly my daughter's head was too big! I never got to push :(

Aimee - posted on 07/26/2012

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I had an emergency c section with my first. We suffered from placental abruption. With my second and third and now forth I have elected to have c sections :)

Bekah - posted on 07/26/2012

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My first one was due to a nuchal cord and during pushing his heart rate dropped into the 50's and 60's. They took me into surgery and started so fast that the epidural wasn't even finished numbing me.... Ouch but worth my son being here with me today.
The second was planned due to her being breach and staying that way and the third just three weeks ago was due to the fact that I had already had two.

Susan - posted on 07/20/2012

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My second was a planned c-section as my first was a classical due to baby's position. With both pregnancies I had low fluid at 36 weeks. My second kept the doctors guessing right up to the delivery. The day before her birth, I had an ultrasound in the morning, then went to see my OB. During the u/s, she was head down. By the time I saw the OB, she'd flipped over to breech. The next morning when we were in the operating theater, the did an u/s to check her position and then decided how to proceed.

Susan - posted on 07/20/2012

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I had low fluid and was induced. After 16.5 hours of back labor, I was on the maximum dose of pitocin and was at 2.5 cm. I was Group B strep positive and not responding to the antibiotics (I'm allergic to all the "good" antibiotics), so the doctor explained (patiently) to the nurse that no, he couldn't just break my water to force labor, as I was still testing positive after 8 doses of antibiotics. I was, by that time, completely exhausted from the pain. He told me I could keep going for a bit longer or have a c-section. My baby was no where near where she needed to be - she'd climbed up as high in me as possible when they started the medications. I asked for a night of rest and then the c-section the next day. He said that was fine.

Kelly - posted on 07/20/2012

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My doctor was getting concerned that my daughter hadn't begun to 'drop' as my due date approached. He did an internal exam and found that my pelvic bones were too close together for me to ever deliver vaginally.

Freda - posted on 07/18/2012

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first c section..baby I was induced but was in labor for 72 hrs..I would not dilate....babies heartbeat was speeding up and trouble breathing..so emergency c section..did not see her born

second pregnancy baby was breech..dr's tried to turn him before labor and he wouldn't turn so I had a planned c section where I could see my baby

third c section was planned..I was able to see him born also...

Jessica - posted on 07/16/2012

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I have Cholestasis of Pregnancy, so I have small, early babies. :( My first I labored naturally until she was in distress. When I pushed they found out she was breech and needed her out right then to avoid brain damage. My second was a scheduled/emergency csection. We got scary labs back saying my liver was going to fail if I didnt have the baby very soon. I went in the next morning to have a baby. Both were small for their gestational age but minus some jaundice, healthy. Both are doing great now and we are considering a third.

Chicora - posted on 06/22/2012

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I started passing blood and large clots at 38 weeks. Come to find out the placenta had abrupted and was disintegrating inside of me. I had an emergency c-section and the doctors now call my son a miracle baby. He was born totally healthy even though i was terrified!

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I went into natural labour at 38 weeks, and about 12 hours in to it, my son pooped while he was still inside me, my blood pressure was sky rocketing, and his heart rate dropped, so it was an emergency c-section. Second was c-section due to having prolonged pain from first c-section, and the docs weren't sure I'd be able to push baby out, because of the ongoing pain I was still experiencing. Now pregnant with 3rd, who is due 11 months after last one, so I have no choice but to have another c-section this time!

Angela - posted on 07/16/2011

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with my first baby, i had an emergency c-section because i had an onset of preeclampsyia. She was born an 30 weeks. This time around i did choose to have a c-section, not that its any easier than natural birth, neither one is. I think for me its easier to handle physically. Or i am just a big baby...lol

Valerie - posted on 07/13/2011

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My doctors did testing on me because they knew ahead of time my baby was going to be big. He was measuring 8 pounds in the 7th month by US measurements. They sent me to a specialist who did a full body xray along with an extensive two part US. He measured my bone structure compared to my baby and told me there was no way that I could have a vaginal birth. My pelvic opening is to small, they would have to break my pelvic bone. He also said that my son's head MIGHT get out and if that happened then his arms and ribs would be broken. So I can not have a natural birth, large babies run in my family. My first one was 10 pounds, with a 14.5cm head and a 15 cm chest. The one I am carrying now measured 3 pounds at 27 weeks so they are trying to say that he will be bigger than my first.

Emily - posted on 07/13/2011

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I was induced and had my waters broken, laboured all evening/night...was fully dilated but bub was still sitting high. Pushed for a long time! They tried suction (which came unstuck 3 times they pulled sooo hard!), Used forceps for ages...bubs heart rate crashed and I had an emergency c-section. Brittany I too had a panic attack on the operating table but didn't get knocked out unfortunately. It was awful! I kept having them for the next few months too...it was the worst thing I have been through! More of a post-traumatic response rather than post-natal they said...thanks goodness for medication or I would still be a mess!
My poor bub needed resuscitating and I didn't get to hold him for 7 hours (until he was considered stable enough). His head and face was such a mess from the suction and forceps too the poor little bugga! He had (and still has) a huge head though, plus he was in a posterior position so he just wasn't going to come out naturally!
On the plus side, I now have a gorgeous 12 month old and I am healthy and happy.....

Stacey - posted on 07/13/2011

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my babys heart rate droped to 58 so they pt me to sleep cut me open an gt baby out all in 15 min!

Fah - posted on 07/12/2011

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I guess there's a lot of reasons to have C-section nowaday. In some asian countries, they even perform it so parents can have babies when they want to (they believe in perfect date and time can create baby's personality). I'm an asian myself and carrying mixed caucasian baby but I will never consider having c-section unless I really need one. I think, I'm a good size women (a little bit big for asian) and there's no reason why I shouldn't try pushing him out. Having a caucasian size baby is a nightmare for some asain women but not me lol

Bridget - posted on 07/11/2011

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I had a c-section with my third child due to him being so large plus he had a birth defect. He had masses on his left lung. On his last ultrasound they said he could be anywhere between 10-13 pounds. Me and my husband decided that a c-section would be a better option then me trying to push him out and our OB agreed. When he was born he was 10 lbs 10 oz and in distress. They took him to the NICU where he spent 5 days. I think we made the right decsion it was a slightly longer recovery then with my other two (they were induced due to high blood pressure and born vaginally) but in the end i think it was the best choice for us and our baby :)

Lucienne - posted on 07/10/2011

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well i was 14 days overdue, not dialated and my bump hadnt dropped at all, oh and my son was a 10 pound baby... lol. i had a fantastic c-section, i didnt go into labour at all so my recovery was fast and basically pain free

Amanda - posted on 07/10/2011

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I had already decided on c-section before i even got pregnant, when i was younger i was sexually molested and just the thought of anybody but my husband "down below" touching me i had severe panic attacks. If the doc's didnt agree to giving me a c-section, i know that i would never of had my son. And i love Connor (son) more than words can say, he`s my little piece of heaven.

Cori - posted on 07/10/2011

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I was induced early due to my blood pressure being too high. After almost 24 hours of labor (12 with my water broken) they decided I just wasn't progressing. I had a midwife and I feel pretty good about the fact that she wouldn't have done it without it being needed. When I was on the table the doctor told me something was wrong with my ovary. It turned out that I had a large dermoid cyst/tumor on my ovary. After 1.5 extra hours of surgery, a bad dip in my bp, and me throwing up a couple a times, I was told that he couldn't save the ovary and had taken it out. So if I hadn't had the c-section it would have gone on undetected until it was much much worse. This pregnancy we have opted for a c-section so the doctor can check out my other ovary for any signs of the same condition.

Carlyn - posted on 07/08/2011

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I had to have a c-section because while I was pushing, my daughters head would come out but go back in and I couldn't push her down far enough for them to use the forceps to help her out. After my c-section they then told me that my daughter was positioned sideways and that was the reason why she wouldn't come down far enough and why I had so much pain.

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My daughter's heart rate dropped 3 times and wasn't going back up the 3rd time. My OB waited as long as she felt was safe for the baby. They knocked me out completely since I started to have a panic attack on the OR table and was convulsing and hyperventilating.

Daniellecherees - posted on 03/19/2011

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i had a c-section from my baby being wrapped around the umbilical cord. his heart beat was slowing down, i wasnt dialating , and had an emergency c-section. ..... i am sad because i wanted to keep having kids, now i have to wait to heal between each one! =(

Heather - posted on 03/16/2011

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i labored for 21 hours induced with a failed epidural... i only dialated to 6cm .. my dr gave me the option of staying in labor or getting a csection..... best decision i ever made was to have a csection !!!!! with my 2nd i had a perfectly planned csection because my dr does not do vbac !!!

Flora - posted on 03/16/2011

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i had a c-section because my doc. said the baby's head was a lil big and i didn't dilate on my due date so he gve me the option to enduce wait it out or c-section but i said c-seciton cus it was my first baby and i was pettit and so unconfertable so i said tke him out plus i didnt know much bout c-section...so on the birthday my nurse asked me why i was getting a c-section n i had let her know why n she was like who is ur doc. n i said DR. Fraser she said really well i hear he loves to do c-section...theres lots of money going into his pocket...n i was like she dsnt knw wht shes tlking bout so im jst gonna go head and do the c-section so thts how i ended up having to deliver my boys via c-section

Lisa - posted on 02/21/2011

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My son was always on the big size. So i went into labor 1 day before i was to be induced (at 39 weeks). After 20 hrs of labor, epideral not working, his heart rate dropping and his head did get stuck. I ended up with a spinal and a c-section.

Kellianne - posted on 02/19/2011

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i have a heart shaped uterus, 2 cervixes and we just found out, he's breach :/ will get it at 39 weeks. im 33w4d :)

Lisa - posted on 02/19/2011

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monika just wouldnt come out i knew it i was pushing but nothing was happening so i begged for about an hour to have a c section and in the end they gave me one, good job they did she had her cord round her throat tight. proves you no your own body better then anyone.

Robin - posted on 01/24/2011

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I went into hard labour right away but kept having problems that my doctor kept getting other doctors to help with. Then we had meconium in my water and his heart rate went in the gutter. I ended up with emergency surgery when I was feeling like i needed to push (only had a little rim left on one side).

Jenn - posted on 01/21/2011

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I was in labor for 17 hours.. had an epidural and everything. my daughters heartrate kept dropping and we finally got it fixed.. then it came time to push and right before they got me to push for the 1st time it dropped dramatically.. got rushed to the OR and she was out within just minutes! 7lbs 9.3 oz! I hated that experience but mostly cause I feel robbed. I got to almost pushing then nothing. Hopefully having a VBAC when #2 comes along! :)

Emily - posted on 01/07/2011

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I was induced around my due date due to expected large baby. I was in strong labour for about 15 hours, pushed for 3 (along with use of vaccuum and forceps) and then as both out blood pressures crashed we were taken in for emergency c-section.

Katie - posted on 12/19/2010

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hi,,i had a difficult pregnancy,i went into labour 8 days after due date was labouring for around 15 hours when it grind to a halt and as the baby was distressed it resulted in an emergency c section. She wasent breathing when she was born,had a lot of fluid inside her and she had to be resuscitated.
She is a perfectly healthy active 1 year old now though x

Angela - posted on 04/19/2010

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For me, I think it came down to the position of the baby. I was induced at 41 weeks and I was already measuring big. I had good contractions, but my baby wasn't moving down. I suppose being indcued and having hard and fast contractions had something to do with my baby not being able to move into a good position, but I think being induced was a good choice. He was sunny side up and his head was tilted so that the widest part was first. As a result, I wasn't dialating and he wasn't moving.

Andria - posted on 04/18/2010

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I had a c-section with my first because I wouldn't dilate. I think I got to a 5 or six and then stopped. And by that time I was worn out so they took her by c-section. I have a baby who is almost 5 months old and had a c-section with her as well, that is because I had one with my first and my doctor doesn't do VAC.

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I was induced at 39 weeks due to obsesteric cholistasis (pregnancy liver desese, makes you itch like mad reall dangerous for baby) i only went to hospital to check my liver and they ended up inducing, 30 odd hours later i was still only 6cm, baby went into distress and they took blood from babys head when inside me and hooked her up to a monitor, i got as far as 8cm before the monitor went mad (still dont know what happend) i was told i needed a section and was rushed into theatre, never been so scared in my life :) she came out healthy, screaming 6lb 13oz :)

Amanda - posted on 04/05/2010

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with my son i had to have a c-section as he was in distress his nose was running along my spine, he had the cord wrapped around his neck, and he wasnt coming out as my pelvic bones would not open ... i had been in labor for a week and he was in distress the whole time ... as i was only 17 the docs would not listen to me and told me it was just braxton hix as they were irregular contractions... then they finally looked and seen i was in labor so yerr

i had to have another c section with my daughter as i had some of the same issues but we found out i can carry children fine but i cant give birth my pelvic bones wont open so they can come through so no matter how many children i have i will always have ot have c sections ...

Stacey - posted on 04/02/2010

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I had a c-section after 12 hours of labor and 2 hours of pushing because my temperature was rising and my son's heart rate was dropping. He was 10lb, 4oz and 22 inches long... so, I think he was just too big to fit through the natural way. ;)

Erin - posted on 02/25/2010

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I had my second son by emergency c-section at 35 and a half weeks. I was having "braxton hicks"(or so I thought) for about an hour before I noticed some pink tint to what I thought was my bladder leaking... which is how my doctor explained it. So I threw it into high gear and went to the hospital where they hooked me up to the heartbeat monitor. Every contraction his heartrate dropped to half of what it should've been. I was hooked up to oxygen and just had to lay there in pain for about an hour before my doctor and the anesthesiologist came in to give me my epidural. After that they checked me and I was at an 8 but they felt the baby was in too much distress so I was wheeled in within 15 minutes to the delivery room. His dad barely made it there in time to get in to go to the surgery with me. After he was delivered he let out a mean cry, we saw him for about 30 seconds and he was whisked away to NICU and put on a ventilator because only one side of his chest was inflating. But he ended up being fine and only had to stay in NICU for 17 days. And call me crazy but I almost liked having the c-section better than having my first son naturally. I felt like I recovered faster, so for my next one I might consider scheduling a c-section lol

Christine - posted on 02/20/2010

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With every push and every prolonged contraction they lost Joleen's heart beat....so the put me in for an emergency c-section. They knocked me out, and Mick wasn't aloud in. The reason was the cord was wrapped around the top of her head Front to back across the top so contractions and pushing cut off the supply to her. She came out perfect and we have had no problems with her.

Heather - posted on 02/18/2010

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with my first child i was a week past due and i was induced after trying to get me to dialate i finally started having minor contractions which caused her heart rate to drop so my doctor decided to go ahead with a c section instead of risking it. my second child was an optional c section because i was terrified of going into labor and i knew what to expect with a c section

Amy - posted on 02/18/2010

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My son (my second child) was born by c-section because his head couldn't even engage in my pelvis. I was induced with both kids, but my daughter was a vaginal birth. After many hours of labor, my son's heart rate started decelling with every contraction, indicating that he may not have been tolerating labor any longer. My midwife asked me if I'd like to go straight for the section or see if the baby would respond better after they turned down the Pitocin. I opted for the section. Enough is enough!!

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