C-Sections

Natasha - posted on 08/17/2009 ( 99 moms have responded )

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For about 3 months my doctor was telling me that i may need a c-section (baby was breech) if she didnt turn around which she didnt. He asked me if i had a problem with this and i said do whatever is safest for the baby. He told me that he has had mothers fight him on this? ***Mind you my baby is 5 months old and i had no trouble with this but he said other moms have.

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Stephanie - posted on 08/17/2009

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I think he may have meant, are you ok with having a c-section in general? The naturel way is often preferred, and I kow I had a few issues wth not being able to do it vaginally. I wanted to have that experience, so yea I wasn't ok with the c-section. Yes, it was the right choice in the end for the baby, but in my heart i would have liked to do it the old fashion way. I'm ok with it now though

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Jade - posted on 08/23/2009

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i had a c section with my now 7 month daughter. becoz i had to get my apendix out at the sme time that was goin to burst within 4 hours. even tho mine was 2 major surareys i really didnt enjoy the c section ild have a vigninal birth anyday. just not being abel to hold my new born baby for a day and waiting for the docs and nurses to came in when shes needed to be feed ect that realy sucked. they did cut me up to my belly button. my c section is probley different to everyone else which is easyer and faster recovery.but i agree with the other girls if its wts best for the baby then go for it. im glad i had mine or both mme and my baby wouldnt be here. oh and to top it all of i was back ine hospital 9 days after having my girl i was in again geting my gall bladder out.

Melissa - posted on 08/23/2009

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my son was breech too. i had no problem with a c section coz i knew the risks of turning him.

Sherry Anne - posted on 08/23/2009

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i had a c -section when i had kalvin .cos he was breech and i didnt have a lot of water around him.thay where going 2 try and move him but thay didnt want 2 take that ricks .

Becky - posted on 08/23/2009

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Quoting Tanya:

I think you have to do what is best for your babys life. I was trying to do everything naturally but my sons heart rate kept dropping. I ended up having to get a c-section because the cord was wrapped around his neck twice and he wouldn't have made it naturally. If you really want your child brought into this world healthy and with no complications then you have to put aside your personal wants and do what needs to be done.



this was my same situation with my second child, i was soooo not wanting it and cried the whole time. but you have to do what u have to do.. it wasn't as bad as i thought it would be and i will be having another c-section in Jan.

Amy - posted on 08/23/2009

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My son was stuck behind my pelvic bone, so I didn't know I was going to have a c-section until I was being rushed into the surgery room. But I would have done it all over again just knowing that he was going to be safe. I don't know why any mother would fight a c-section knowing that it would mean their child would be safe. I suppose it's a matter of opinion. But if it means life or death for your child, I wouldn't think it was even a question!

Filomena - posted on 08/23/2009

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I had an emergency c-section after 9-12 hours in labour 8 cm dilated. After being told that baby was all good to deliver natrally but last minute baby turned around making him breech and was in distress. He came out and was not breathing we both nearly died (but I hear that most mothers who have c-sections 'nearly die'). Am still recovering from my c-section 2 months (my sons age), in the end my baby is fine but due to my experience I should of done c-section and not go through all the BS.

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I feel like if my baby is unable to come natural or vaginal then by all means necessary the doctor needs to do wht she or he deems medically sound, all i want is a healthy baby, my 1st child was born vaginally i hope my 2nd is born that way but if its not possible i will not fight my doctor on it just deliver my baby, i wonder y they wld fight abt this thts kinda crazy to me but to each her own.

Rachel - posted on 08/22/2009

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We have a ridiculous rate of c-sections in the United States (30% across the country) the c-section rate should be less than 10%, this is because of too many interventions. Please, please watch this video: http://vimeo.com/6182741
C-sections are major abdominal surgery and should not be taken lightly. If you have had one c-section you do not need to have another, consider a VBAC. Look for your local Bradley Birth class for your next pregnancy www.BradleyBirth.com
Take your birth experience into your own hands, be your own advocate. Read up on the midwifery model of care.

Marcia - posted on 08/22/2009

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I think some Mom's would fight the doctor on this due to the fact that there may be some things that the doctor could possibly do to lessen the possibility that you could deliver naturally (especially at five months).
I had a c-section, emergency, and I agree you have to do what is best for you and the baby...I think most c-sections are done out of necessity. I agree with the person that says that everyone deals with surgery differently...also, like with basically anything medical it does comes with very real risks (though so does asprin and vitamins) and I hope like many others if you have to have a c-section it goes wonderfully :) Hope you have a great last four months of your pregnancy!

Alicia - posted on 08/22/2009

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well i was in labor for 25 hrs and was only at 6 cm my cervix is a pain in the ass i guess hahaha so a c section was never in my plans untill last min.... but i missed out on a lot of the actual birth of my daughter .. didnt get many picture or be able to flim what i want and then i was in a lot of pain.. so everyone is different i guess

Miranda - posted on 08/22/2009

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I had two previous vaginal deliveries and with my 3rd I was in the hospital to be induced and I found out that she was Breech the next morning when it came time for the induction to begin. I was terrified and crying hysterically. The thought of having to be cut open freaked me out but in the end I was fine and my daughter was perfect. On my fourth delivery I wanted to have a V-bac which did not work out either and I felt like I had let my husband down by not being able to deliver our second daughter on my own. On my 5th we had a scheduled C-section and it was nice to know when the baby was going to come and I was out shopping with my mom and MIL the night before getting last minute items for the baby. It was wonderful.

Cathy - posted on 08/22/2009

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i have had 3 c-sections, my first one was an emergency and the other 2 was by choice.

i was 19 with my first one so i was scared to death and my doctor diddnt even give me information it was your having this because there was nothing else you can do. with the other ones the baby was going to be big so i asked for it. i had no problems with the surgery but i ws allergic to the tape they put over my c-section.

Agnes - posted on 08/22/2009

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i had a emergency c section and it was done wonderful:)*thank god* i had very lil pain after the emergency c section and went home 3 day later with my baby girl:) i have the littlest scar witch i am very happy about:)

Robin - posted on 08/22/2009

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I was induced because of the high blood pressure and swelling, I DESPERATELY wanted an ALL NATURAL birth, and we tried, but the baby's head kept crushing the umbilical cord, so his heart was stopping, I of course really wanted a natural birth but I also would rather have the c section than a dead baby, So I did, and the way he was positioned when they took him out there is no way I could have given natural birth, his head was FIRMLY planted sideways into the cavity of my hip! So healthy baby trumps my own prefferences. And now Im preggo again and with it being so close to the other one this one will have to be a c section as well.

Beth - posted on 08/22/2009

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I had to have a C-section with my daughter because the doctors were afraid she was getting "too big". I had gestational diabetes and they didn't want to run the risk of a too large baby. I had a C-section at 38 weeks and my daughter came out beautiful and healthy...and a big ol..7lbs and 2oz!!! I didn't mind though; she was here and safe and healthy, and that's all that mattered to me at the time. I look back on it now, and i don't know if i would have done anything differently. The next day after my section i was up at 6 taking a shower, walking the halls, and feeding my precious baby girl...

Kristen - posted on 08/22/2009

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My daughter was breeched also.... I tryed to have her turned but that hurt really bad so i had her csection also and i never had a problem with it... My daughter is 2 years old now and i am currently almost 8 months pregnant, but this one isnt breeched but my doctor still recommends me to have a csection..... In a way im glad cause id rather go through a csection again then a labor.

Raquel - posted on 08/22/2009

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I had planned for a nature vaginal birth for my only child at the moment. But from the start of my pregnancy, I had a little thought or fear that i would have to have a c-section due to having sclerosis(when I was 17.5, I had the surgery on my back where they infuse rods). But I never thought it would complicate things with delivering nature, but as I look back on the weight of my baby and my built. There was no way in heck, I do it vaginal, she weigh 9 pounds & 3 oz and before pregnancy I was 110lbs and 5'8...such a tiny frame. So having an emergency c-section was the right thing to do, I wouldn't want to complicate or jepordarize my baby's health....she's very healthy today, 4 months and 13 pounds....she has not had any health problems...I'm very blessed

Jennifer - posted on 08/22/2009

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My daughter was breech but she was breech at my 8 month ultrasound. The doctor gave me the choice to have a section or try to turn her but I told him just to go for the section. He also told me that they would check me on my surgery date to see if she had turned and if she did they would send me home. But as it turned out she was stubborn and was still in the same postion. I am glad that I had that last ultrasound because i would never have found out she was breech.

Brooke - posted on 08/22/2009

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both my children were born by c section i have never had a problem with my choice its not how u have ur baby its how u love them and look afte them, any1 can give birth but it takes special ppl to be parents

Amy - posted on 08/21/2009

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Quoting Savannah:

I had an emergency c section with my first son. Got sewwed up wrong. Had to have a repeat c section with my second son. Got an infection.
On the bright side, both children came out just fine and wonderful with no problems.
Gotta do the right thing for the baby.
Lots of women have no problems with c sections. My cousin got one and the DR was even nice enough to give her a little tummy tuck to go with it.
I think if you have to do it, then do it. It will be okay.


 



I need your cousins Doctor...lol :D

Susan - posted on 08/21/2009

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I had a Emergency section with my first daughter and had no problems with me or my daughter. I had a repeat section with my second daughter and still no problems with me or her. Some women when they are pregnant can be set in their ways so when something happens that they don't expect or don't plan for it can be devastating to them. I always tell friends that are pregnant to have a open mind to any situation, as long as the baby is healthy and they are healthy who cares what you have to do.

Courtney - posted on 08/21/2009

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My daughter are 5 and 1 and I had an emergency C-section with the first and a scheduled C-section (due to heath issues with me and her) with the second and I didnt have any problems. The recovery time is longer and I think more painful but aftera couple weeks I felt good as new. But I too have heard tons of horor stories...glad mine went well!

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Quoting Veronica:

C-sect is not always necessary and there are doctors/nurses who will push it. Why not? Hospitals/drs. get more money. I fought tooth and nail not to have another c-section. I had to switch hospitals because of it. I had a cs with my second baby - i was upset - but he was being strangled by the umbilicuscord - nothing to be done any other way. Then they wanted me to have repeat -- i said hell no - (when i got pg with my third/fourht and fifth) I did VBAC with the last three, and came out just fine. That is what more of the fight ist - pluss when baby is breech there is still time for it to turn - even in the last week - my sister in law's baby -my nephew - was breech right up to the last few days - then he turned - she didnt have to be cut -- so that's wehre the fuss is. until there is no alternative - last minute -- i would opt out of cs.



Your doctor will probably watch and see what your baby does and go from there.  However when it comes to VBACs, they can be VERY dangerous for mom and baby. If a hospital does not have a staffed surgical suite open 24 hours a day, they will not do them.  I live in Iowa and there are MAYBE 3 hospitals in the entire state that will attempt them.  Some of the big hospitals in Des Moines won't even do them.  It is not because it is easier for the hospital staff it is because of the risk that a VBAC can pose.  Listen to your doctor, ask a lot of questions, and if you trust him go with what he says.  If you don't trust him, find someone you do.  I have had 2 c-sections; one emergency and one planned.  I would plan the next one in a heartbeat because I am not willing to risk the life of my baby or mine.

Stephany - posted on 08/21/2009

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I had an emergency CSection.. I was not planning on it at all. My options were always open. I did what all soon to be mothers should never do and watched all the TLC show and read all the magazines and books and watched clips on the net.. DON'T DO THAT!! anywho.. my water broke 3 days before they tried to induce labor. Long story short.. epidural made my heart rate drop and my baby's.. C-section was not as bad as I thought it would be.. very quick.. I think it was worse for my husband that did what all the husbands of wives told him not to do and "looked back"... look on the bright side.. if you have a c-section.. you won't have to have reconstructive surgery "down there" and you won't poop on the table. :) that's what got me through it ;)

Rosie - posted on 08/21/2009

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I had 2 natural and 2 c-sections and i honestly preferred the c-sections. I recovered a lot faster and was up and running in no time. Sure the scar hurt, but it was better the natural.I only have backaches form the anesthetics I got. Those big needles do leave you scarred.

Sanela - posted on 08/21/2009

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I had it with my first doughter 'cos I didn't have contractiones and was overdue for 11 days, and it was normal thing to do for me ,better than tourcher with no laibours or vacuum.my child was o.k. and I was perfectly fine after it.

Cassie - posted on 08/21/2009

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Ok I get a lot of crap about this but I don't care. I had an elective C-section with my daughter. I can give you a hundred reasons why but the most important is simply that *elective* or pre planned c-sections are safer for babies!! This is true!!! I know you have probably heard they are more dangerous ect but that data is collected on all C-sections done in america the majority of which are emergency or due to pre-existing complications. Now the rate of complications and death are higher for the Mom based on that data however it is less then a 1% more chance and I'd choose my child over myself anyday. But pre planned c-sections usually go very smoothly. In at least 2 country's the c-section rate is above 80% brazil i think is one of those. but anyways I had C-sectiosn with two children, now complication no problems and very minimal pain so if it's safer for your baby I say go ahead and do it do not fight ur dr. now I completley respect women who chose to go the "natural" rout actually there are many routes of child birth and I say do whatever feels right to you but please don't endager your child or yourself for this preconcieved notion of what child birth should be.

Tanya - posted on 08/21/2009

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I think you have to do what is best for your babys life. I was trying to do everything naturally but my sons heart rate kept dropping. I ended up having to get a c-section because the cord was wrapped around his neck twice and he wouldn't have made it naturally. If you really want your child brought into this world healthy and with no complications then you have to put aside your personal wants and do what needs to be done.

Tara - posted on 08/21/2009

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I have had two C-sections. My first was an emergency one, and the recovery was hard for me, but it was necessary and there were no complications. My next pregnancy I had twins, and I wanted to try to have a VBAC, but one of the girls was breech and still flipping over at 7 months, and they were concerned she would get tangled in her umbilical cord. We scheduled a C-section five weeks early(ugh!), and everything was fine. The twins were big and healthy, and no longer in danger, and my recovery was quick this time. I would have loved to have had them vaginally, but I had to do what my doctor thought was necessary, and due to the circumstances, I am glad I did!

Jenny - posted on 08/21/2009

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I had to have an emergency c-section after 13 hours of labor, because my daughters heart rate kept dropping. First the rookie anaesthologiest messed up my back with his attempted epidural and spinal tap. My back will never be the same. A week after my baby was born I was in the emergency because the insicion wasn't healing and my gut was filled with blood. It took me three months to heal instead on the standard 6 weeks. Unfortunatly, because of the complications I will have to have a c-section with any more kids. I worry about my health and well being, but would do it again for my child.

Ashley - posted on 08/21/2009

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It was on the news a few months ago that c-sections are overused, even when the baby is breech, a lot of the time, they can still be delivered vaginally with no issues.

Emily - posted on 08/21/2009

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I have three kids of which all I have had by c-section. My oldest was diagnosed with gastroschsis (which is when your intestines are on the outside of you when you are born). So fo me it wasn't a choice. Everything went perfect. My doctor was wonderful. When I got pregnant with my second daughter they gave me the option to try for natural delivery and for both her and my son I opted for c-section. I have had no problem. There are always a possiblity for problems if you have c-section or natural. But for me personally I have never had any issues.

Tiffanylee - posted on 08/21/2009

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i had an emergency c section because my sons heart rate droped to the low 50's, and honestly im glad they did it, because we both would have had a major problems if i went into labor and tried actually giving birth. so my doctors saved me and my little boy from alot of things.

Dametria - posted on 08/21/2009

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i had a c section with my first (and only) son! I HATED the process, but i have no complaints other than I CANNOT LOSE THIS WEIGHT!!!!!! :'- (

CRYSTAL - posted on 08/21/2009

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i prefered a csection the second time around!!!! And i def want one this time around too!!

Lori - posted on 08/20/2009

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I have had 2 C-Sections...and I can be like the spokesperson for C-Sections!!! I love them. My first daughter was an emergency and the second I was awake and it was planned. Granted, I would have loved to be knocked out again for the 2nd time, but the Docs wouldnt let me. When people tell me I took the easy way out, I say so be it, as long as my kids are fine and healthy. You do not take the easy way out because you are in as much pain if not more than a vaginal birth. Just your pain comes after or in between. It all up to the person. I am a fan of C-Sections and if you got one you didn't fail as a "mother" because you didn't have a Vaginal Birth...that just wasnt for you or your body. I would never opt for a vaginal birth and thats just me and my body. Every situation is different. Always do whats right for you and your baby!! As for me I'm pro C-Section all the way : )

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I had a emergency c-section with my 5th child but it was planned for me to have a c-section due to having complete placenta pervia, they said it was best for him and I and he did come 5 wks early but we are both great and he is 7mths now!!

Natasha - posted on 08/20/2009

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My 2nd child was born via c-section because he was breech. I wasn't going to try the dr's trying to turn him inside my belly. OUCH! He came out beautiful and healthy. My 3rd was a repeat c-section and it probably saved my life and hers. My uterus was torn to shreds and they almost took it out. Her placenta had grown into my uterus. If I would've tried to go natural I hate to imagine what could've been. You have to do what's safest for them not what's always most comfortable for you.

Lin - posted on 08/20/2009

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I had a c-section with my little one (due to high blood pressure and an unsuccessful induction), and provided no great disaster arises I plan to have another one with the baby I'm expecting in February (since I didn't get as far with child #1, my doc doubts I'll get any farther along with this one, plus its nice to know what to expect). The actual surgery itself isn't that bad, but if you don't take it easy recovery can be hard.

Your doc should give you pain meds - do not leave the hospital without them, nor should you play the martyr and not take them - you have them for a reason. One thing I wished I did while I was recovering was learning how to get in and out of a flat bed without the help of the rails on the bed - not doing that made resting at home so much more painful, since I was then used to raising myself up and using the rails. If you have to go up/down stairs, ask your doc if s/he wants you to walk backwards on the stairs; it is supposed to help lessen the pressure on the incision. Finally, if you when you shower, try to make sure someone is there to help you in/out of the tub - that was the most painful part of my day, and having someone there helped (if nothing else, I could squeeze their hand).

I've heard some moms feel like they're not a real mother or a real woman or that they're just a flat-out failure if they don't give birth vaginally. Don't buy the nonsense - you know who you are and those that matter will love you regardless of how you gave birth. There's a reason why the TV show "A Baby Story" can run for as long as it does - every story is unique. Your wonderful story will be yours and yours alone, enjoy it!

Amanda - posted on 08/20/2009

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i had an unplanned c-section with my son. 2 weeks after his due date and no labor i went in to be induced only to find out he was estimated at 11 lbs 2 oz.... after talking to the dr i trusted him that a c-section was necessary (i was 107 lbs prepregnancy with no hips and small pelvis). he came out a whopping 10lbs 8oz! i know women have pushed out bigger, but i was entirely too small and to get him out they would have had to break his clavicles (that is if his head made it far it enough!) and the risk to me and him was far to great. i also trusted that my body was telling me (by not going into labor) that he wasnt fitting out. so i say thank God for c-sections! and while i "plan" to try natural with my current baby, it will depend on size and various other factors...... there is no shame in a c-section

Sasha - posted on 08/20/2009

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I had a c-section also because of breech baby but that was only because my baby had IUGR (growth restriction). Having a baby breech is not a big deal IF your Dr. is experienced with it. If my baby had been growing normally I would have had her breech. I will admit that she was in the best position for that type of birth and if she wasn't we might not have even considered it. I think that it is a little extreme to tell parents that injury and death are possible with a breech and not say that it is also likely in a c-section. Also with a section there are more risks to the mother, not just risks for the baby. In countries where breech delivery is normal a c-section is more risky for both mother AND baby than a breech delivery. Just thought I would let everyone know that.

Topaz - posted on 08/20/2009

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i was completely against having a c-section. not because of a scar or anything, i just refused UNLESS my dr. told me it was necessary and a must. I told him not to even bring it up in the delivery room unless it was an emergency. He listened to my wishes and i delivered a 9lb 4oz girl naturally.

Amanda - posted on 08/20/2009

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some women are just dead-set on having a natural delivery and are totally against c-sections because women have been giving brth for so long and have birthed big babies, breech babies, etc.... the way i see it, we have c-sections now to mitigate risk, no need to put your baby at risk

Tayna - posted on 08/20/2009

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I had a c-section as well do to a tranverse baby. When we got into the operating room he had turned into a breech position. Moms fight on this mainly because it is surgery, and some simply don't want the scar.. I personally didn't care. I just wanted my baby to be healthy. He was taken at 35 weeks by c-section and is now almost 2..

Dora - posted on 08/20/2009

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I had a doctor tell me the same with my second child, and my son turned in the last week so I didn't need a c-section with him. I did however, have one with my third child. My daughter was already a few days late so I agreed to just get her out.

Ashley - posted on 08/20/2009

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I had s csection with my son he wasnt breech or anything, i was induced and was dialating normally id dialate 1 more every hour then around 6pm i was dialated to 6 almost 7 my son wasnt in any danger his heartbeat was normal and he wasnt stressed but my doctor decided that he wanted to do a csection because he didnt want to wait any longer because he was going on vacation the next day. well after my csection baby was fine and we were released 3 days later only to come back that night because of how much pain i was in, they found out i had a hematoma from the csection so they admitted me then they told me i had pneumonia (later found out they lied) so my son had to be taken home without me absolutely horrible seeing your baby leave the hospital at 3 days old and you arent aloud to go with him. I was in the hospital for another week the whole time doctors pumping me full of all these painkillers and different medications that i didnt need, because of the csection i lost so much blood that i ended up having 2 blood transfusions my iron level dropped down to 5.5 and normal is between 12-15. after that week in the hospital the doctors sent me home once again the pain was gone because of all the painkillers they had me on (morphine, phentnyl) I thought yay i finally get to be with my baby, i was wrong that night the pain was worse than ever so i went to a different hospital where i had to have my csection cut back open and the hematoma drained out there was over a pint of blood built up, they had to cut through the muscle wall to get to the hematoma. All i have to say is Thank God for the second hospital i went to because being in the hospital for 2 weeks without your baby is the worst experience ive ever had to go through. If i had to choose i would not have let my doctor do the csection and im scared to death to have another baby in the future because i dont want to go through another csection and im only 21 yrs old with my first baby.

Sarah - posted on 08/20/2009

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i had a c section for my oldest when i was 15. it was an emergency cuz i had toximia. my incision got really infected and they had to burn my skin all the way across to stop it. very painful and they never gave my anything for pain before they did it.

Robin - posted on 08/20/2009

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My son was 9lbs 4ozs when he was born. I had to have a c-section because his shoulders were massive and could not fit through my pelvis. I am glad that I had it because if he would have gotten stuck they would have had to pull him out. The dr was afraid that doing that would mess up his shoulders. It was all about what was best for my son. That was 3 years ago and let me tell you, he is very healthy and very much a boy!!

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i had a c-section as well w/no complications... i guess some moms have a plan & vision of a perfect natural birth and c-section is not an option for them ,we are not any less of a mom because we didnt have a natural birth the experince is still life-changing and crazy

Amanda - posted on 08/20/2009

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I was told a week before my due date that I was high risk for a C-Section because they thought my son was going to weigh 9 lbs.



I had a C-Section with my first child, he was a week overdue they induced my labor and I only made it to 5 cm after 16 hours of contractions. His heart rate began to decline so they did a C-Section right away when they noticed that. It ended up that he was slightly side ways, part of being to big for my narrow hips.



I recovered so easily from the C-Section and my doctor said it would have been a longer recovery from giving natural child birth for me.



I am now pregnant with my 2nd child and I am choosing to have another C-Section with her, my date is scheduled for September 11, can't wait to bring her into the world for all to meet!



Good Luck

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