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Have been advised to start thinking about a c-section, any advice?

Jennifer - posted on 12/08/2008 ( 147 moms have responded )

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I am pregnant with my first child. I have been seeing a mid-wife. I am 34 wks along and have had 4 ultrasounds already. Needless to say I have a few issuses (low plecenta, and cord wrapped around the neck 2X being the main). I was just informed by my midwife that she would like me to try natural labor but there is a 60% chance I will have to have an emergency c-section. So I could choose to scheduale a c-section if I would like. What should I do?

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Sara - posted on 12/10/2008

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My first son was by c-section due to the fact he had his rump stuck in my pelvis and I had almost no amniotic fluid left. If it would put your mind at ease to schedule a c-section, do it. No baby needs their mommy stressed out.

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Jennifer - posted on 12/10/2008

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Thanks again to all that responeded. I am still disscusing things with my mid-wife about which is the safest method for my baby and me and I am going to meet with a baby doctor that she works closely with and just get another opinion on the situation. But now I have a new problem. I was just released from the hospital, I was having too many contractions too soon. So now I have that to add into the list of things I need to consider. But again thanks.

Vashta - posted on 12/10/2008

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Just an opinion.... I would go ahead and try for the natural labor first... And see how it goes... Then if you have to have the c-section at least you tried the other way... So you won't have any regrets of either... Because you tried both! lol.... You never know... It may end up that the natural labor works out just fine.. Overall It is YOUR choice... Good luck!

Emily - posted on 12/10/2008

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Well, my advice would be different from a lot of the others, and that is, definitely try natural labor first! I had the emergency c-section with my first b/c my water broke at 36 wks and she was breech. My recovery was normal, no complications, but it was still 2 months before I felt anyhwere close to recovered. I had my second and third at home and I felt back to normal the next day with both of them!

Did your midwife tell you that 1 in 3 babies comes out with cord wrapped around their neck? Both my babies born at home did, and it didn't present any complications. Your midwife will closely moniter you and your baby and she would never do anything to threaten the health and well-being of either of you. She's being honest that there is a good chance she'll have to transport you, but for your baby's and your own sake, I would say give nature a chance.

Good luck with your decision and your birth, whichever way you go!

Karen - posted on 12/10/2008

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Hi the decision is up to you and your husband i have had 2 emergency c sections my fist one was because i had high blood pressure and toxcemia ( sorry cant spell it ) and my second one was because my placenta stopped working my first baby was 4lb 6oz and my second was 4lb 8oz and i had my partner in with me both times and i was awake through it all, and it was over so quick cant remember how long it took first time but i went into theatre at 2pm with my second one and i had her by 8 minutes past two and i was back on central delivery by 2:30 i loved every minute of it and wouldn't do it any other way, the doctors were fantastic and they explained everything they were doing. My husband loved watching it all and he said it was amazing. I was up and about the day after walking around to special care to see my babies and feed them i was only in hospital 4 days with my first one and 3 days with my second one. Do what you feel is best for you and your baby. Good luck and congratulations

Mendy - posted on 12/10/2008

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I am a former L&D nurse and it is completely your decision but the chances of an emergency Cesarean are high. My last child was also an emergency Cesarean and I would not choose it again. I would choose the scheduled Cesarean but again it is important that you and your husband make this decision.

Sheila - posted on 12/10/2008

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Hi Jennifer,

I had both my sons c-section. My first was breach and at 36 weeks we opted for the c-section. It was a wonderful experience. My recovery went wonderful and it was nice to tell the family when and where they would be born so all the family could be there. ( Not in the room!! )

It sounds like there would be great risk to your child to try a natural child birth at this point. And a planned c-section is much different that a emergency one!!

Best of luck to you and your family!! And enjoy every second of parenthood, They grow up fast!!

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I had a low lying placenta that actually turned out to be placenta accreta (the placenta had grown into the uterus) if I had tried to deliver vaginally could have risked bleeding to death or having to have a hysterectomy. I had a planned c-section. Like some of the other Moms, I wouldn't wait for this to be an emergency situation, the c-section is major surgery and you don't want them to have to do it as fast as they can. I would go with the c. Please understand I had 2 kids vaginally before this, so it's not because I was afraid of doing it that way, but what you are talking about is a pretty serious situation.

Valerie - posted on 12/10/2008

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I understand the thing about natural birth I hear it loud and clear. However when I had my first child I went that way and my daughter was wedged in my pelvis I was cut from here to there 2 sets of forceps and suction and finally they got her out we almost lost her she is fab now. My second child i was told maybe a c-section after 4 days of labour the c-section was preformed and my son was wedged so tight in my pelvis it was not good. He still has almost like buises on the sides of his head when he is angry or upset and he is NINE. My suggestion to you in this extremely personal matter is book your section. I must clarify this it is only my opinnion in a very personal matter and from my experience.

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Hi Jennifer, I am a mom of 3 children who are now 9 1/2, 5 1/2, and 1 1/2. When you say natural birth I am not sure whether you mean vaginal or without intervention. Let me start with, if you are worried about the safety of the baby can you get a second opinion about safety NOW? Is the cord currently wrapped around the neck? Is the placenta low lying or actually blocking the way? I haven't had both a c-section and a vaginal birth, but I have had a vaginal birth with a lot of interventions and a vaginal birth without interventions. Since everybody is different my experiences won't be a great predictor of yours, but maybe I can point out some of the common differences. My first child was born vaginally in a hospital after a lot of drama, my second in a birthing center and my third at home. The trauma to your body of giving birth is always hard no matter how this baby comes (at least it is for me, but maybe I just suck at having babies:)), but you need to be sure that you feel safe whatever that takes. Do you need to decide now how the baby should be born? Can you wait until the baby is in position and you are full term? I am assuming that you will be in the hospital with the midwife either way, so the c-section will be an option.
Some Pros for a planned c-section
You will know when the baby is coming.
Your vagina will not tear
Some Cons for a planned c-sections
If you have a c-section you will probably be in the hospital a day or two longer -this might not be a con for you.
It could take longer for your milk to come in - sometimes meds during labor slow the production of milk, this happened after my first delivery
If there is any uncertainty about your due date - recently there have been some problems with planned c-sections birthing babies too early. This can cause complications at birth, but also down the road.

I guess my question to the doctor or midwife would be, what is the danger of waiting to go into labor and then having the c-section? Good luck with whatever decision you make! Try to stay calm, get some rest and have some nice time with your spouse while you can:)

Anita - posted on 12/10/2008

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i think u should have the csection.i have a 19 month old,my only one,little girl,i was able to choose when to get the epideral,i had to have a csection bc i would not dilate any more than 5 cm,it was safer for the baby too,they go thru alot!!!!! of stress no matter what,i had the best experience and would not do it any other way,wish u the best,just think about the safety of both of u,good luck

Jodi - posted on 12/10/2008

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I had to have one as well. I was really nervous about it, but my alternative was to have a 10 lb baby and potentially separate my pelvic bone (relaxin issues). I choose to go the route that would not leave me in a wheel chair! If the cord is wrapped around the next, I wouldn't think twice. I was very nervous about it (it was a scheduled C). After the fact, I don't think I would want to do it naturally! In Seattle, you only get 48 hours in the hospital after a C, so I was up and around (not very fast however) the night I had it done. It actually took them about 25 minutes to get him out (very large boy) and about another 1/2 hour to close up everything. Good thing I had it done, not only was he big, but apparently my placenta was stuck on something so she said she would have probably had to go in after that anyway (that would definitely suck to go through natural birth and then have to have a C on top of it).



I am still numb around the incision where the muscles were cut, but that's normal. The scar is clean, below the bikini line. I had 28 staples in which they took out before I left the hospital. Not to worry about that part, it really didn't hurt when they took them out (I was nervous). The worst part was the bed transfer after the surgery. Let me know if you have any other questions!

Angela - posted on 12/10/2008

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I had a c-section with both of my daughters and I would recommend it. You have a longer recoup time but I'm in favor!

Angela Sosbee

Petra - posted on 12/10/2008

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I had my first by emergency c-section and my second naturally. One thing I can say about having an emergency c-section (which happened because my baby was in distress) is that it was scary and upsetting when some alarm went off and all of a sudden I had the attention of a bunch of staff, an oxygen mask was put on my face and an IV was put in my arm. My husband also found it distressing. That passed and I had a good c-section with my husband present for most of it, but I was worried about my baby. It almost happened the second time too, and when they put the oxygen mask on my face, the memories came flooding back and I burst into tears. Having a healthy baby, whichever way it happens, was the first priority for me. Good luck to you and congratulations.

Carolyn - posted on 12/10/2008

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All I can say is, do what makes you feel at ease, I had to have an emergency section with my first as she got stuck while pushing. With my second I was able to give birth naturally, though as I'd had a previous section I was advised on having an epidural before it was to late into the labour incase of complications, that way your already preped for the worse!! she ended up with the cord wrapped around her neck three times, causing alot of concern, I had help to push her out because of this, but she was out safe and no section or panic. you really must do what feels right for you, but in the knowledge that the profesional may have to advise even take charge and never beat yourself up about it going differently to how you planned. Good luck xx

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I'm with Stephanie Erdman all the way!

The hormonal changes that happen when labour occurs naturally are really important to the baby & mother. Midwives are well-trained to 'untangle' babies from their cords. Also, the placenta will not be in the same position at term as it is now, so the risk may well be reduced in the next 6 weeks. C-sections carry some pretty major risks of their own, so not a decision to be taken lightly. Get to a place of education, not fear.

Michele - posted on 12/10/2008

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My advice would be to talk to your doctor. My concern would be your low placenta and the cord being wrapped around the baby's neck. This could cause major problems from lack of oxygen, maybe even death. You should definitely be in a hospital and not at home when you are ready to deliver. I had my first two children au natural. No meds whatsoever, my third was an emergency c-section because my placenta abrupted at 34 weeks (I had complete placenta previa), then I did a VBAC with my fourth (with an epidural - probably the best experience I had ever had). I won't lie - I hated the c-section. The procedure was okay except that my son was breech so they had to push him in and turn him causing it to feel like someone was sitting on my chest and the recovery was MUCH longer than having a natural birth (12 weeks vs. 2 weeks), but when it comes down to it - my son would have probably died if I had tried natural and the most important thing is that he is alive and well today (he just turned 7)! I know some people who have had several c-sections and would never do anything else. I know one lady who was playing softball 3 weeks after her c-section, so I think everyone recovers differently. If I were you in your situation, I would most likely scedule the c-section if that is what your doctor is recommending. You can try it natural the next time!

Christine - posted on 12/10/2008

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It is totally up to you, but I had an emergency one with my first child (Joel) & because I hadn't had an epidural I had to be put completely under. That is my only regret with that delivery...that I wasn't awake to hear my son's first sounds. Therefore if you do decide to try & deliver vaginally & they have informed you that there might be complications think about at least having the epidural...my daughter was a planned C-section (2nd) & it was a great experience (awake) Good luck & congrats to you:) Christine Lesperance

Nicole - posted on 12/10/2008

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Choose the C-Section and don't take the risk- it's not worth it. Ask about the incision, because if you plan on another pregnancy, you can VBAC (vaginal birth after c-section). Then you still have the option to experience natural child birth if you wish. An emergency c-section doesn't guarantee an incision that will allow you to do this (nor would a planned one, but way better odds). Your doctor will do anything to get that baby safely out in an emergent situation. Take the lesser risk & you will feel more at ease.

Rennae - posted on 12/10/2008

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Discuss this important issue with her your husband. The cord wrapped around the baby's neck is common and having a C-section may make the difference in your baby's health. I had two of my three babies by emergency, last-minute C-section due to the cord being wrapped around baby's neck. My daughter experienced little stress during delivery but was not progressing through birth canal so they did a c-sec and found the cord wrapped around her neck, all was well. My son experienced much stres during delivery and was not progressing through birth canal due to cord wrapped 3x around neck, we nearly lost him until they quickly did the emergency c-sec and basically saved him, they didnt know if he would make it as the cord was wound so tight around neck. Thankfully he did make it and is a healthy boy. See a qualified doc that you feel comfortable with and do your research on this to help you make an informed and smart decision.

Aimee - posted on 12/10/2008

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I ended up with an emergency c-section because my son had the cord wrapped. It did not show in my last ultrasound, so we did not know it until his hear rate dropped when I contracted. Hearing his heart drop was the scariest thing I have ever experienced. However, I had a great doctor and my mom (a labor and delivery nurse) who talked me through it and everything turned out wonderfully. I would suggest asking if they will do an ultra sound when you go into labor. If they will and you can see the location of the baby and the cord, they can make a better decision. If you appeal to the insurance carrier they may even let you have weekly ultrasounds. I have a friend who did that and her baby ended up getting unwrapped over the last few weeks. I think if you let yourself not overanalyze, your mother's intuition will tell you what is right for you.

Michelle - posted on 12/10/2008

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I have four children and I promise you that it is NOT worth taking a chance on one of them. I would schedule the c-section definaltely! There is too big of a chance that something could go wrong with a natural delivery with the cord around the neck twice and a low placenta. I can't believe your midwife suggested it. That shocked me...no offense intended! But without a doubt...I would DEFINATELY schedule it for sure. The healing of the surgery is far less then dealing with something going wrong with your baby. I wouldn't wish that on ANYONE!

Kayla - posted on 12/10/2008

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Jennifer, I have had two c-sections and i would do it every time rather than put my child in danger. But the decision is you and your husbands not anyone elses. So congrats and hope the best.

Jennifer - posted on 12/10/2008

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Hi, Jennifer. My first birth was by emergency C. I labored for a long time and failed to progress. I opted out of trying to VBAC with my second thus putting myself in a no-choice situation for future births. I have had 6 children by c-section (looking forward to more!). Looking back, I know my first was not an option and that was fine. I will say that when you go through labor and then have to be cut, the recovery is harder than just scheduling the surgery and going in. If I had a do-over, I should've tried to VBAC the second time. I will say that my last 5 deliveries have been wonderful and my recoveries have been a breeze. If I were in your shoes, I would make the decision along with my husband; making sure to put myself in the position for a quick delivery in the event the baby becomes distressed. Be sure to tell them that you would like the foley catheter inserted after your spinal if you do have a c-section. Those aren't very pleasant and it's nice if you're already numb down there! Blessings to you and your husband during this wonderful time.

Barbara - posted on 12/10/2008

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Hi Jennifer,

I am a mom with 5 children ages 12 - 26. I had 5 c-sections and they are not to be feared. The first one is the most painful in that you have the incision for the first time. IF there is a repeated c-section it is through the same incision with scar tissue. I would recommend the c-section if that cord remains around the baby's neck. I just want you to know that a c-section is not that bad. Good luck and enjoy that beautiful baby. They are such a joy. Barbara

Brandy - posted on 12/09/2008

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yes you can schedule a c section! i'm proud of you for having the ultra sounds. a lot of women who go the midwife route don't do us's. with the cord already being around the baby's neck i would really advise the c section. i've had an emergency c and it was not fun. i was totally not prepared for it bc i thought if i don't think about it it won't happen. u can still have a VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean) if ur next child is doing what it needs to.
ps my reason for the ec was my sons cord was around the top of his head 3x. everytime i had a contraction it was cutting off his oxygen.
good luck and congrats!!

Tory - posted on 12/09/2008

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Hi there, both my children were delivered by a c-section. The first was an emergency. Sounds like your baby is very active and likes to move around alot, thus the wrapped cord. Only advice I can give is to have yourself surrounded by the doctors and the midwife so that you can have all your questions answered by people you trust. In each of my surgeries , the first was a crash C because our sons heart rated was fluctuating, due to the cord being looped around him, BUT, he came out just fine. My second surgery was scheduled due to alot of reasons but in the end, we all came out just fine. I was always up and walking as quickly as I could after the surgery, it just helps you to feel more confident in the long run. Science is amazing, I am sure you will be fine.

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hi jennifer i had emergency c-section with my first after 48hours of no water and it was fine i was up within 10hours as she was in s.c.unit .then had a scheduled this jan and that was ok as we could get family to have the first one and get things do . but you do what is best for you congratulations !! all the best take care mx

Chrystie - posted on 12/09/2008

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I had an emergency C-section after 51 hours of induced labor. Having gone through all of that and then a C-Section was not only scary, but I did have a real problem dealing emotionally with not being able to progress and deliver. Recovery was fine, I got out of bed when the nurse told me to, went walking (albeit very slowly!) in the halls a lot, and did really well with it. I did take painkillers very regularly. I think a scheduled C-section would overall be much less traumatic, plus you and your family could be more prepared. That cord being wrapped would just be too scary for me to not go for a c-section right off the bat personally.

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HI JENNIFER I HAD AN EMERGENCY C-SECTION BECAUSE FIRST OF ALL I WAS 3 DAYS PAST MY DUE DATE AND SECOND I HAD GOTTEN HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE AT THE LAST MOMENT I THINK U SHOULD JUST TALK IT OVER WITH UR HUSBAND AND THINK ABOUT THE BABY DON'T PUT HIM OR HER AT RISK I'LL TELL U A C-SECTION ISN'T FUN BUT I RECOVERED PRETTY QUICK, I WAS ALREADY UP AND WALKING THE FIRST DAY AND THERE'S BARELY A NOTICIBLE SCAR HOPE EVERYTHIG WORKS OUT FOR U AS THEY SAY IN SPANIS "QUE DIOS TE BENDIGA A TI, A TU BEBE TU ESPOSO", "MAY GOD BLESS YOU, YOUR BABY TO COME AND YOUR HUSBAND".

Jessica - posted on 12/09/2008

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I think I definetly would schedule a c- section, wouldnt want to risk anything. Tough decision. Wish you the best of luck.

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I wouldn't take a chance on natural if the cord is wrapped. That could be bad. I had an emergency c-section and did so well with it and after (no episiotomy) that I requested a c-section with my next son. It was great and I had a really good doctor. The scar is minimal and less stress on the baby. You can choose the birthdate too! Don't make your choice based on that though, that was just a side benefit. Good luck, prayers for you and your family.

Kristen - posted on 12/09/2008

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I had an emergency c-section and was scared out of my mind when they told me that I had to have one. To be honest...I'm glad that I had a c-section. It was easy...but I'm sure it's such a special moment to actually have a natural birth. Good luck with everything!

Hollie - posted on 12/09/2008

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I had a e-mergency c section with my first and now I am having a planned c-sect my second. I can't tell you what to do I can tell you my experience. I The hardest thing about it was getting up from the laying down position to getht eh baby at night. My husband went out and bought me the Arms Reach Co- Sleeper and that eliminated the problem of geting up at night. I could just reach over and get the baby to feed her with out having to sit up. And the baby was safely away from us while sleeping and we didn't have to worry about rolling onto her in our sleep. Anther thing to consider is my doctor told me not to drive for two weeks after the c-section. (not such a big deal since my husband was home and he could drive.

As you can tell by reading allt he different post there is a big difference in opinion about recovery time. There is really no correct answer about that subject since everyoneis different.

What ever you decide will be the right decision for you and your baby. The one this I would remind you is that if you decide to try and go natural first andd then wind up going for the emergency c-section you may already be exausted from the labor part by the time you go for the section and that could make the next day or two a little harder untill you get some sleep.

The most important thing to remember if you have the section is to get some sleep. It makes all the differnce in you recovery. Don't be afraid to let the nurses keep the baby inthe nursery for a night or two (or all 5) so you can get a good nights sleep. The baby will be fine and the nurses will take care of the night time feedings. You can pump in the hospital if need be. You will have plenty of time to get up in the middle of the night when you get home :)

Kristina - posted on 12/09/2008

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Hi Jennifer! I had a scheduled c-section because my daughter was breech and to be honest, I had an absolutely wonderful birthing experience! I was very well prepared for the day...went through no labor (yahoo!) and had a healthy, beautiful baby girl by 7:47 a.m. My recovery was very quick and easy and I wouldn't want to do it any other way with my next one (I hope!) I know that there can be a lot of horror stories about c-sections (especially emergency c-sections) but I just wanted to let you know that a lot of women have really pleasurable experiences with a c-section too. Good luck..I hope it all works out!

Rebekah - posted on 12/09/2008

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There's that much of a chance for a c-section just walking into the hospital. There is actual advantages to mom and baby from labor, even if it ends in a c-sec. I would suggest getting as much information as possible to make an informed choice that you feel comfortable and responsible for. Good luck!

Jennifer - posted on 12/09/2008

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Hi Jennifer! My first child was a c-section and I had three more children VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean). I can tell you that with a c-section the recovery time is much more painful than having a natural birth...plus it leaves a scar! I would do a vaginal birth anytime over a c-section. There are times when a c-section is warranted and necessary, so im not "anti" c-section. Your midwife is very experienced and has been through just about everything imaginable regarding birth, so I would trust her judgement. Of course you should have a back-up plan ready just in case the c-section becomes necessary. Midwives are awesome. I had one for two of my children and the experience was wonderful. It is my experience that they seem to be more knowledgable and have a much better bedside manner than a regular OB doctor. Good luck with your delivery!

Kelly - posted on 12/09/2008

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I have had 2 c-sections. My eldest son was born by emergency c-section after a failed labour. I must admit that I was scared but I was also so exhursted by that stag I just wanted it over, he was born safe and sound in the end and having a c-section didn't alter our bond at all. I had read up on then before hand so I new what I was in for ( I went 2 weeks over due date and new it was going to be a posibility). My second son was born by a planned c-section and I found that is was a lot less stressful for me and him both. I recoved quicker from the planed one as my body didn't go through the labour pains before hand. I was given the option of trying a natural birth second time round but after the first I felt more confedent with a c-section then what I did with a natural birth.Plus there was also the posibility of another emergency c-section anyway. I have two beautiful little boys and a small scar, I wouldn't change the way their births went, they both cme out healthy and thats what mattered the most. It is a personal choice though. C-sections worked for me. I say read up on them. Good luck!

Kimberly - posted on 12/09/2008

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Hi Jennifer,



Congrats on our first baby!! How exciting it is. I have to keep this short b/c my 1 year old and 3 year old are BOTH wanting me, so this isn't meant to scare you, but just to the point. If I were in your situation, I would ABSOLUTELY 100% schedule a c-section. If there is more than half a chance you will ahve to anyway, scheduled ones are so much eaiser. i have had 2 of them and had no issues whatsoever (different reason than yours). If you end up going through labor I would just be so scared of what could happen to your precious baby or you. I know a lot of people are against c-section, and of coarse I think if you can go vaginal, that is the best way, but when planned, they are really easy. That cord wrapped around the neck just scares me to death. Good luck and let us know what you decide!!!

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You are the only one to make this decision. Be sure to think about that cord wrapped around the baby's neck. I've had two c-sections. When I was induced for pre-eclampsia toward the end, the contractions put stress on my son because he was wrapped in the cord. I don't share this to scare you. Just be sure to educate yourself about all of your choices. Ask questions until the doctors and midwives can't stand to hear you. This is your baby, your family. Make sure you understand everything about c-section, especially the recovery procedures. Knowing as much as possible will allow you to be more comfortable with whatever choice you make. Good luck!!

Amy - posted on 12/09/2008

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Consult a doctor. Seek out his/her opinion. I have had 3 c-sections. They are not as scary as they seem but what is most important is the baby and your health.

Jennifer - posted on 12/09/2008

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Hi Jennifer-
You've gotten a lot of responses, but I thought I'd weigh in. I had my first child vaginally and the recovery was brutal (I pushed for a long time). I had my second child with an unplanned c-section, after pushing for 9 hours, because he was in distress (and had to be resuscitated). I shudder to think what might have happened if I hadn't been in a hospital, with doctors at the ready. My third child was born by planned c-section, because of complications with the placenta. She was delivered 3 weeks early and is doing splendidly (she'll be 4 years old in January). My recovery took a while, but it was because of a separate neurological problem I have (which turned out to be the source of my difficult labors). As someone else said, it doesn't make you less of a woman or mom for choosing surgery. I have a real problem with all the articles lately that disparage c-sections or even women who choose to get epidurals. Would you have an appendectomy without anasthesia? I don't know if you are planning to have the baby at home or not, but I would encourage you, if you do go natural, to do so in a hospital, just in case. Whatever you decide, the most important thing is to keep both you and the baby safe, healthy and comfortable! Best of luck to you all!

Mindy - posted on 12/09/2008

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I agree that it is ultimately up to you and your husband and as long as you educate yourself on each and know the risks, you have to just do what's best for the baby, even if it's not what you intended. We are have different experiences and that's what makes it amazing! I'd encourage you with the extra complications to be safe and make sure the medical intervention is available quickly if you need it!!!

I have a 5yr old & a 2yr old...the first was an emergency csection...his cord was wraped and his heartrate was dropping. They were able to get in and get him out in minutes!! He was resesitated & had oxygen and all was fine. My second I had high blood pressure and was on bedrest, she was small, delivered via c-section at 37wks, but was healthy. I'm all for natural if you can, but in the end and after it is all over, the most important thing is the health of the baby!!!! Best wishes with such an amazing and difficult situation. You'll be in my prayers!

Bernadette - posted on 12/09/2008

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I had the same problem with my first child. I was in labor for 15 hours then they decided to do an emergency c-section. I opted for a c-section automatically with the 2nd child. I did not want to go through all the hoopla with the 2nd child.

I guess it depends on what you truly want to do...I was not all that concerned about having it naturally...all we wanted was healthy.

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I had both of those problems with my daughter. I was induced x3, but her heartrate dropped even with small contractions (possibly from the cord being around her neck). I ended up with a c-section and wish we would have just started with that. It was not fun, that's for sure, the recovery was longer and overall more painful than I expected. However, I truly believe that it was the safest way to deliver her and I hope I get that as an option with the next one.

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I had 3 c-sections and would not have opted to have them naturally. There are less chances of complications and you are in and out of there in about half an hour. Recovery time is a little more than with a natural birth but I felt totally worth it. My first baby was in distress and I had to wait 36 hours before they took her out via emergency c-sect...I was so worried about her health and after having gone through that with her, I never wanted to feel that again..the 2nd and 3rd were great, everything could be planned, knew exactly what to expect and babies were delivered happy and healthy. I have no regrets whatsoever. Good luck with whatever you decide! : )

Chandra - posted on 12/09/2008

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Listen to your body but all in all, they aren't that bad. They are scary to get prepped for and right when you get done, you're a little groggy (well, I was, everyone's different) but really, if it's best for the baby then it's what needs to be done. You're doctor will make sure everything goes ok. And on the bright side, you get to choose your baby's birthday if you don't go into labor first.

Krista - posted on 12/09/2008

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Wow. I am surprised at the number of heartfelt replies here. I'll just add my 2-cents. Both my kids were born "naturally". So I can't speak on how it feels to recover from a c-section. But I do know that had I been faced with the same sort of potential complications that you are facing, I would have opted for a scheduled c-section. The safety of the baby is what is important here, not how he comes out, but that he does so safely. I have a friend who walked out of the hospital after a c-section and wasn't sore at all, and one who was quite sore. Both of my birth experiences are quite different as well. Good luck. I know you will chose what is right for you and your baby.

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I had an emergency c-section with my first baby at 37 weeks. She was breech so I had been warned that a c-section was possible. But then they realized she was very low on amniotic fluid so they had to take her very unexpectedly. The whole experience was great. I was terrified of the epideral. It was no big deal. I did get very nauseous from the drugs though. I had a fabulous birth even though I was terrified. My husband was able to be in the room for everything. I was able to breastfeed immediately after surgery in the recovery area. The recovery is longer and you need help at home for the first few weeks because you aren't supposed to be up on your feet too much or lift heavy things, etc. But really you are home bonding and trying to figure out how to take care of this little one anyway. My scar is almost invisible and right in the natural crease much below any swimsuit line! I am pregnant with my second child and will definitely opt to have a repeat c-section. I have no issues with it what so ever.

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I like many others had an emergency C-section. After pushing for 2 hours and 3 pushes trying forceps it was my only choice. I was put to sleep and missed the excitement of seeing my child before anyone else. From pushing and the C-section I developed an infection, the only way to rid the infection was for the infection to come out of a cut (my incision) needless to say my incision came open, I was hospitlized for 2 weeks. It has been almost 1 year and it's a total thing of the past. I will never forget it's not important anymore. Next child we will schedule the c section go in and I can enjoy the birth. No waiting and pushing. I say this not to scare you but encourage you to really consider what the doctor/ mid-wife has said. Ultimately remember whatever you decide make sure it is the safest measure for the baby! GOOD LUCK!

Cindy - posted on 12/09/2008

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...also with an emergency c-section, most likely your husband will not be allowed in the room. Everything is VERY rushed. BUT, if that's what ends up happening, everything WILL be ok. I went through it and in the end it didnt matter because my baby was healthy, and I was fine too. :)

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