Celeb C-Sections: Why they had theirs; why you had yours?

The Orlando Sentinel put together an odd, yet interesting, photo gallery of celebrity moms who have had C-Sections. Some did it out of fear, some for convenience and some weren’t given a choice in the matter – emergency.

The article reports that: “The rate of caesarean sections are rising worldwide — surpassing recommendations by the World Health Organization that C-sections make up less than 15% of all births. In the U.S., about 1 in 4 babies were born by C-section in 2004, according to the CDC.”

None of my children were born by C-section and I was glad. That is major surgery and I can’t imagine trying to recover from that serious of abdominal surgery while caring for a newborn.

I watched a C-Section one time on TV and it was amazing watching them cut through not only the fat layers in the stomach but all the muscles too.

I babysat for a woman who had  two very active boys and had to have a C-section with her third son. I was there to entertain the older boys. The mom did too much after the birth and took the stairs too much and ended up back in bed for like a week. You really can’t push it after that type of surgery.

What do you think of the celebrity moms who chose to have C-sections? Did you have a C-section? Was it choice or necessity? Would you choose it again? (Often you have to – VBACS seem to be fading in popularity.)

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New Stepmom

October 16th, 2009
9:23 am

After seeing a dear friend get moved from rolling bed to hospital bed immediately following a C-section (the pain on her face was awful)and after seeing my sister-in-law up in around in a few hours after a vaginal birth-I would not willingly choose a c-section. I have had abdominal female surgery 3 times and I do not know how you can care for yourself and a child after a c-section and give major kudos to those that do it.

As for choosing a c-section for convenience, it seems silly to me, but if that is what folks want to do and the doc is willing, who am I to judge? When I have our child, I hope my doc is on call and if I can safely be induced to make sure she is there, I would go for that, but electing surgery is not the choice for me. Plus I have these huge hips, I feel like I need to use them ;o)!

DB

October 16th, 2009
9:25 am

I guess if you’re a busy celebrity, it’s nice to be able to control your calendar and plan your child’s birth. As long as it doesn’t endanger the baby or the mom, I don’t think much about it either way. I know there’s some people who think a C-section avoids the possibility of birth trauma, so I guess if that’s a concern of yours, it might help alleviate some of that.

I had an emergency C-section with my first, after 48 hours of non-productive labor (baby never got past zero station). Turns out it was just a bad match between the baby’s head and my pelvis. The recovery was a gold-plated b!tch — I was in the hospital for a week, and restricted for six weeks afterwards. I had a VBAC 2-1/2 years later, and THAT was a piece of cake — compared to how I felt after my first on, I was ready to go dancing a couple of days after that one!

It wasn’t a question of choice, in my case. My neighbor had scheduled C’s for her last two, and seemed very pleased to be able to calmly plan going up to the day of delivery. I’ve always been more of a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants sort of girl, personally. Plus, after my first experience, I would do ANYTHING to avoid another C. Granted, it was an emergency case, which probably had more of a debilitating effect than a nicely scheduled one, but still . . . no way, thank you very much.

TnT's Mom

October 16th, 2009
9:36 am

I had my first via C-section, unplanned after 12 hours of labor with no progress. Second, induced VBAC 2 weeks before due date. VBAC was much easier recovery than a C-section, don’t know why anyone would plan to do this unless had to for some medical reason. Why would a celebrity mom choose a c-section, you would think they of all people wouldn’t want a scar.

YUKI

October 16th, 2009
9:39 am

I did not have a C section for mine. I don’t understand why these people would willingly choose to do this, knowing what i know from friends who have had them and said the recovery was difficult. I think if it’s necessary, than of course you would do it. But to choose this? I have heard of people scared to have a vaginal delivery so they get a c section instead. Um, hello? Epidural! Why would you have yourself cut open if it’s not necessary and the body is designed to give birth the other way? Again, if it’s necessary for the health of the baby (or you) then of course, by all means! To each her own, I guess!

JJ

October 16th, 2009
9:44 am

Again with the celebrity worship. Who really cares how they birth their children…..?????

I’m outta here…….

Actually...

October 16th, 2009
10:03 am

…this has been discussed (under a different topic name) several times before. Can’t wait for motherjane to discourse on her problems with her MD on this, again!

Michelle

October 16th, 2009
10:09 am

After 22 hours of labor and never getting dilated past 4, I ended up with a c-section. I’ll admit, I was really worried about delivering vaginally, but it turns out, that wasn’t an option for me. The first couple of days were AWFUL! You never realize just how much you use those abdominal muscles!

Our bodies are made to have “natural” births. Pushing the baby out vaginally does actually serve a purpose besides taking all of a woman’s modesty (who knew?!) This helps to clear the baby’s lungs of all the amniotic fluid!

Their “soft spots” are there to allow the head to move smoothly through the birth canal without causing damage!

Somehow, I would think that having the baby vaginally would help with the instant bonding process. I wouldn’t say I was detached from my little guy, but I think it may have taken me a little longer to have the connection. It’s hard to be involved when every movement is filled with pain!

As for celebrities choosing it as a convenience (or anyone else for that matter), I don’t think it’s a good idea. I think nature should take it’s course. Perhaps they are worried about “pictures” being leaked (we all know it happens). Or, maybe they just need that control factor.

My S-I-L has 3 boys. The first 2 were vaginal, and the 3rd by c-section. She was in no way prepared for the after effects! Even as a nurse, I was in NO WAY prepared for the pain I felt the first time I got out of bed! WOW! But, what was worse…trying to get back up off the toilet! Who knew your stomach helped so much with that?! :)

OK…I’ve rambled enough! I say, do it vaginally IF you can…if not, use the c-section as a last resort!

KMM

October 16th, 2009
10:12 am

I chose Dr. Tate as my OB for my first and second because of his low rate of C-sections and his personal attention to women. It is a bit of a drive for me to get up to his office, but well worth it. Check out a PBS special about him: Dr. Tate.

He is amazing. Even times when women have an emergency C-section, it could be avoided if Doctors were more willing to use their skills and didn’t jump for the knife at the first sign of difficulty.

New Stepmom

October 16th, 2009
10:17 am

Man, I hope I do not have to have a c-section. The birth process scares me, but these comparisons make my observations more solidified. WOW….

YUKI

October 16th, 2009
10:35 am

I don’t think the paragraph above is “celebrity worship”. It’s just a topic. All but one of the questions asked if YOU had a section and would YOU choose it again. I don’t think answering the questions posed above is “celebrity worship”. GEEZ.

JATL

October 16th, 2009
10:50 am

I’ve had two vaginal births, and I was SO glad. I’m thankful the technology to do fast, safe c-sections exists, but I have a problem with people using them unless there is a problem or an emergency. Celebrity or not, if you’re so afraid to have a baby vaginally, then perhaps you should rethink having a baby at all. I know the wealthy and famous have tons of other people to raise their kids for them, but lots of scary and gross things are involved with the kid him/herself -snot, vomit, blood, poop of all varieties everywhere you can’t even imagine, etc. When you look at a lifetime of raising a child, passing a baby out of your hoo-ha shouldn’t be that daunting – ESPECIALLY with epidurals and modern drugs! Quite honestly I was so numb with my 2nd that he could have torn me to pieces and I wouldn’t have known it. Thank goodness that didn’t happen, but the recovery from a c-section is no joke, not to mention the staples, scar, etc. I just don’t get the desire to have one over a vaginal birth.

Amar Twink

October 16th, 2009
11:30 am

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October 16th, 2009
11:31 am

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If any of you macho...

October 16th, 2009
11:32 am

…women have ever had problems during the delivery process, or have had children who “went bad” during the delivery process and ended up with brain damage due to staying in labor too long, then you would understand why some women prefer the pain of a c-section and the pretty much guarantee of a non-cone head child without any other physical deformities.

And no matter what you say about your personal OB or what you read about other OB’s, they have ALL had their share of c-sections and cannot predict at what point, or which patient’s will need that process on an emergent basis.

Jesse's Girl

October 16th, 2009
11:33 am

I think there is way too much medical intervention in general. We’ve been having babies for centuries with little to no help. The medical side is defintely nice to have in a precautionary sense. But if you are having a healthy pregnancy….I see no reason to have this kind of birth experience. Yes..it hurts, yes…its messy…yes, its stressful. But we can at least be thankful we aren’t squeezing ourselves through a 10 centimeter hole:)

Mom Of 2

October 16th, 2009
12:15 pm

I’ve had 2 c-sections. The first was due to my son being breech. The external version didn’t work so they had me schedule the surgery for a few days before the due date. (Very few US doctors want to try to deliver a breech baby – I have been told that it’s not something that they are taught how to do here). The recovery was AWFUL!!!!! I wanted to do VBAC for the second but the doctor wasn’t willing to induce (for fear of rupture of old scar). As a result when we hit 9 days past the due date they had calculated they required the C-section – for fear of scar rupture if I got any bigger. The recovery was much better than the first time around, but still would have prefered a chance to do it the natural way.

5 years down the road however – The disappointment I felt then has faded and I’m just happy with my 2 great kids. The benefit of the 2nd surgery for me was that “while they were in there” I was able to have my tubes tied with no additional side effects, only about 10 or 15 minutes extra surgery time, and only $16 more dollars on my copay. I love my kids but 2 is enough and having the c-section made it so much easier to make sure there wouldn’t be an “oops” baby.

mystery poster

October 16th, 2009
12:38 pm

Had a C-section with the first, VBAC at home with the second. No comparison.

I read the book “Silent Knife” about the Cesarean epidemic in this country. Rarely to scars rupture, and if they do, it’s not nearly as scary or dangerous as it sounds. In 1989, when I had mine, the success rate for VBACs was really low, I think about 18%. My midwife had a 100% success rate.

I’m sure it would reverse the trend if Insurance companies started to treat “convenience” c-sections as elective surgery.

Vork

October 16th, 2009
12:46 pm

OMFG woman are you seriously trying to kill me with this god-awful topic? REALLY? You have really sunk to a new low with this one.

I think it’s time we call for a vote of NO CONFIDENCE in Theresa’s ability to come up with topics.

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motherjanegoose

October 16th, 2009
12:57 pm

Tupac ain’t dead…

glad notnatl

October 16th, 2009
12:58 pm

I have had two c-sec…one as an emergency and the second to prevent rupturing the previous incision..not a choice in either…i now know that in earlier days my son and i would not have survived…so despite the awful pain and worse recovery..i am grateful for my childrens lives..and yes, it was worth it…….

Andrea

October 16th, 2009
1:07 pm

I had a c-section with my first and I didn’t have any of the problems described above. I was already on bedrest due to a high risk pregnancy and after doing the fetal monitor a couple of times, the doctor did not like the what the monitor was indicating and ordered a c-section. My son was very premature. There was some pain but I only took one pain pill and I didn’t take any more for the duration of my recovery. Perhaps because my child was in the NICU and not at home, my recovery was better, but I still got up to go to the hospital everyday except the first day after I came home. It wasn’t a bad experience for me.

I had my daughter VBAC and holy guacamole was it painful! I was in labor for 15 1/2 hours, had two epidurals that never worked and ended up having her naturally.

Convenience c-sections should DEFINITELY be an elective surgery. I am not trying to be cruel, but to me only the most extreme narcissist would have a c-section for convenience. I would really question the parenting abilities because clearly that person has not let go of the “it’s all about me” mentality.

No Problem

October 16th, 2009
1:08 pm

I had no problem with my two c-sections. The first was an emergency. With both I recovered well and had little pain. I have a barely noticeable scar which is covered pretty well when I wear bikini panties. I also was able to have my tubes tied after the second which was quite a convenience.

MKA

October 16th, 2009
1:26 pm

C-sections are so routine these days and the pain-factor is relatively easy to cope with. I call myself a “child-birth expert”, because I’ve had 3 children and each were born differently. My first was vaginal with an epidural, my 2nd was all natural and my 3rd was an emergency c-section. Of all three deliveries, I BY FAR preferred the natural (non-epidural) delivery. Pushing her out was THE MOST painful experience of my life, but AS SOON AS she was born, the pain went away. It was one of the most wonderful experiences of my life. I was literally up and about within a few hours and I did not have the “drug let-down” of an epidural. No joke…I was ready to go home the same day.

For my last and final pregnancy, I really wanted to have him naturally, but fate would have it that I was on bed rest for two weeks in the hospital with severely high blood pressure and gestational diabetes. My third child was born via an emergency c-section. The healing process really was not that bad and I have two other young children to care for.

BUT after having 3 children in every manner possible, I CANNOT imagine why someone would choose a c-section over a vaginal birth (natural OR epidural). That is simply crazy to me.

Cindy

October 16th, 2009
1:33 pm

I tried to have a completely natural birth with my first child but after 12 hours of labor I wound up having an emergency c-section due to fetal distress. My second child was delievered by repeat c-section 21 months later. If it had been over 2 years, I would have attempted VBAC, but research showed that the chance of rupture if it hasn’t been 2 years goes up a lot – a few percentage points may not seem like a lot to some people, but I didn’t want to risk my baby’s life. With my 3rd child, 3 years after my 2nd c-section, my doctor wouldn’t even allow me to try VBAC since I’d had 2 previous c-sections.

That being said, anyone (celebrities or otherwise) who plans on a c-section if they don’t have to have one is putting your baby at risk – the risk that accompanies surgery is so much greater than the risk that comes with vaginal delivery. This is not just a minor surgery – with all of mine recovery was slow, and I’m a fast healer. Two friends of mine had their incisions rupture and get infected. It’s just crazy to want to do it. I would give anything to have experienced a vaginal birth.

itpdude

October 16th, 2009
1:38 pm

As a man, I don’t know the pain of a c section. However, I believe, due to personal experience, that women recover better with a vaginal birth than a c section.

motherjanegoose

October 16th, 2009
1:39 pm

Just now checking in from Anchorage and no that was not my post @ 12:57.

Regulars know my story and my C section was MILES better than my VBAC.

I am too old to have another (LOL) but if I were pregnant I would INSIST on a C section….after the catastrophe with the VBAC.

@ MKA…YES I would choose a c section over a VBAC with a child who suffered nerve damage or could have died. I am lucky my daughter is here.

With the c section, I was up and at ‘em in less than a week and took care of my son too. I had no one to come over to assist…just the way it was and I bucked up and did what needed to be done.

Every woman’s body is different….some have different pain tolerances and that is just the way it is. Some wince with the first breastfeeding incident…oh well, not mine to judge.

@ Vork…still wondering when you are going to stop complaining and start your own blog rather than continue your rude behavior towards Theresa. No need to tell me to start my own blog…I do not need to as I am able to share what’s on my mind with folks ( who pay me) most every day.
Have a great weekend all….

AMT

October 16th, 2009
1:41 pm

After 21 hours of labor and being fully dilated, my son’s head was stuck. I went several hours naturally after using an epidural at the beginning to see if that would help, but I had to have a c-section. The doctor determined my body was not capable of birthing a baby over 7 pounds. My son was 8 lb. 3 oz. When I had my daughter a few years later, we scheduled a c-section because she was over 7 pounds. Also had tubes tied with the second one. Recovery wasn’t great but it sure beat long hours of labor.

Christina

October 16th, 2009
1:46 pm

I’m with Jesse’s Girl . . . too much interference these days. My son was born through a natural delivery. While the L&D nurses were very supportive of my decision to have no meds (and never once asked after I made it clear in our first conversation), the doctor assumed I’d had an epi, and the recovery nurses assumed the same. The L&D nurses told me that most women who SAY they want a natural birth, end up changing their minds, and very few stick with that plan. Even in the conversations with my OB practice in the final trimester, most of the doctors were very “well, okay, but don’t be surprised if it doesn’t happen” when I told them about my natural birth intent. I am hoping to have my second next year, and am actively looking into more natural options in the area. I REALLY wish metro ATL had a birth center, or that direct-entry midwives were allowed in the state. Currently I’m looking into the birth center at Athens Regional, which has midwifery practices.

And to the poster “If any of you macho…” there is wide variation among doctors and among hospitals, regarding use of induction, medicines, delivery assistance (forceps, vacuum, episiotomies, etc) and C-sections. There are doctors out there who avoid intervention at all cost, and there are others who are more than willing to induce or schedule a C-section at the drop of a hat.

Personally, I’d never CHOOSE a C-section. I pray that I never need one! (My mother had three.) The recovery sounds terrible, and I thought a vaginal recovery was bad enough! And I do think the physical act of pushing the baby out, triggers chemical reactions in the mother’s body. The feeling of exhileration when he came out was indescribable. I don’t want to take anything away from the C-section moms; I am in no way saying you didn’t feel the same joy or perform a miraculous exertion. I know a woman who had a post-due-date stillbirth. The doctors were almost certain the baby had died, but they induced the mother’s labor rather than perform a C-section. They said the exertion would help with her feeling of closure, and for her it did. The same doctor delivered two healthy children for that couple in the years that followed.

Elizabeth

October 16th, 2009
1:49 pm

I had a VBAC and highly recommend it. Much better than the C-section with my first. Don’t let doctors scare you–they’re just ultra conservative due their own malpractice fears. Don’t let their fears become your fears.

Just find another doctor!

Sorry, Cindy...

October 16th, 2009
2:14 pm

…but you are absolutely nuts to think that “anyone (celebrities or otherwise) who plans on a c-section if they don’t have to have one is putting your baby at risk – the risk that accompanies surgery is so much greater than the risk that comes with vaginal delivery. Hopefully you meant to say that you are putting the MOTHER at risk (see your own comments about fetal distress when trying to deliver vaginally). There is no stress on the fetus – yeah, I know, the anesthetic can affect the fetus, but that is really rare since most OB’s get in and out in less than 10 minutes. There is NO stress on the fetus, but you are correct that this is a major surgery for the mother and the dangers that go along with that in any surgery.

And, Elizabeth, MD’s are not trying to scare you – c-sections are MUCH safer on the child, with all the “possible” complications related to the mother. Motherjanegoose is a perfect example of a “whacked out” OB who pushed a VBAC for all the wrong reasons!

Not motherjanegoose herself...

October 16th, 2009
2:15 pm

…but her and her daughter’s experience. Just wanted to clarify!!!!

CCinATL

October 16th, 2009
2:15 pm

I’ve had 2 c-sections (breech baby), and I don’t get women who schedule them because of convenience or because they’re afraid of childbirth. You’re afraid of childbirth, but not major surgery?

Paige

October 16th, 2009
2:16 pm

I had a C-section with my one and only child (reasons were fetal distress (true knot in the cord), cephalo-pelvic disproportion, BP 180/160 due to pre-eclampsia). I had my tubes tied three years later because I NEVER wanted to experience that again and my OB/GYN told me that as long as I remained his patient, I would not have a vaginal birth.

You know how “they” tell you that women forget the pain associated with childbirth? It’s almost 32 years later and I remember EVERYTHING!

It was a nightmare. Why anyone would CHOOSE to do this if it weren’t absolutely necessary is beyond me.

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

October 16th, 2009
2:27 pm

Guys — I just posted another topic — A judge in Louisiana refused to marry a couple because they were interracial — was worried about their kids — Do you think being interracial matters anymore —

here is the link
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JD

October 16th, 2009
2:30 pm

Mom of 2, No Problem, and AMT are after my own heart! With my DD, after 40 hours of labor, I had an emergency C-section. I haven’t forgotten one awful moment of being in labor in the hospital. It was the most painful and horrible experience of my life. As others have mentioned, were it not for that C-section, we would both have died. I am thankful she is here and is fabulously healthy. The recovery wasn’t too bad, but if I could change the way things worked out, I would. Per DR’s advice, I will not try a VBAC – I will schedule a C-section for our next (and have my tubes tied at the same time). Sometimes what seems like a choice really isn’t, but I won’t justify myself to anyone – I’ll just make the decision that is right for me. Different strokes for different folks.

YUKI

October 16th, 2009
2:56 pm

I think what a lot of people are trying to say, or at least what I think, is not that having a c section is wrong for this reason or that reason…. it’s ridiculous for celebrities or others to schedule these out of convenience or because they are “scared”. OF COURSE for health reasons it is more than appropriate, but just for the sake of doing it? It’s clear that they are doing it more for themselves than for the sake of the baby, in most cases.

Scoutmamma

October 16th, 2009
3:05 pm

I had C-section both times. And would do it again. 1st one was emergency, and I scheduled the 2nd. I’ve never experienced active labor – nor do I care to and I don’t feel “cheated” of anything. Women have to do what’s best for their BABY 1st and what’s best for them 2nd.

FAMUAKA

October 16th, 2009
3:09 pm

I had both of my daughters through vaginal deliveries. 1st daughter born was with the help of the minimum amount of epidural and my 2nd daughter was all natural w/o anything @ all. I was praying each time that I wouldn’t have to have a C-section and just knowing that people request and schedule them is unreal. I would advise any mother to be to try to go natural if @ all possible. I felt so much better after the natural birth compared to the epidural birth. If I was planning to have another child I would definitely try to do it naturally. Just to let you know, my natural birth wasn’t planned the first time, my daughter just came too fast and it was too late for an epidural or any pain meds.

motherjanegoose

October 16th, 2009
3:24 pm

HAHA…some may think I am whacked out and FYI my OB is still a practicing OB in Gwinnett County GA, as far as I know. Be sure you KNOW your doctor and talk about everything BEFORE you go into labor.

My c section experience was so much better than the VBAC. I have experienced both types of deliveries. Each woman’s body is different and each situation is too!

Brown-Eyed Girl!

October 16th, 2009
3:58 pm

After 25 hours of labor and only dialating 3 cm, I had an emergency c-section with my first son. It was a really rough time. You have to be careful not to have the baby’s little feet hit you in the wrong place. I had pain for several weeks and was left with the “c-section pouch”. My doctor said that my son’s head was too large for my pelvis, so he was unable to move down and assist with the process. When I became pregnant with my second son, I know that he would probably be bigger than my first son (and he was) so I went ahead and planned the delivery ahead of time. I wish I could have had regular vaginal deliveries. Once they cut those muscles, you can never use them again. No matter how many crunches I do, They will not return to their presurgery form.

Whit

October 16th, 2009
4:05 pm

Elective and non-emergent c-sections are NOT better for the baby. Vaginal delivery offers quite a few benefits to the baby. Going into labor naturally helps to ensure the baby is ready to be born. Contractions while going through the birth canal help expel fluid from the baby’s lungs and help keep the baby out of NICU. Contact with beneficial bacteria in mom’s vagina helps colonize baby’s gut (baby’s 1st probiotics). Furthermore, you avoid c-section complications for the baby, like being cut by the surgeon during delivery. C-sections should be used as intended – for emergencies only.

I had a c-section with my first. It became necessary after I acquiesed to the chain of interventions. I know better now.

I am planning a VBAC with my current pregnancy. I am with a doc who supports VBACs and am very glad to know that I will only have another c-section if it is medically necessary. I don’t want to go through that recovery again, especially now while having to care for 2 children.

I think it is highly ironic that a woman can be legally forced to get a c-section simply because the hospital “doesn’t do VBACs” (not for an emergency) but is allowed to choose an elective (again, non-emergent) c-section when it carries greater risks for the baby than vaginal delivery.

Whit

October 16th, 2009
4:13 pm

To clarify a few things – by non-emergent, I mean a c-section that is not medically indicated. A planned c-section for placenta previa is certainly necessary.

Also, there are no guarantees with birth. You may go into labor too early or have a crappy vaginal delivery or a halfway decent c-section. There are bad stories on each side. You can’t know how things will turn out, but you can go by overall trends and statistics that point to vaginal delivery being safer for mom and baby than elective c-sections.

fk

October 16th, 2009
6:04 pm

I had an unplanned c-section. No problems following the surgery. My son was born at 11 pm on Saturday and I was released first thing Tues. a.m., I spent only 2 full days in the hospital following the surgery. I did have plenty of help once home, though. All I did was care for the baby, my husband went back to work so that he could take off when my parents left, a week later.

deidre_NC

October 16th, 2009
8:09 pm

3 natural deliveries (i would choose meds if i had it to do again!) ..last (4th) one i had placenta previa and had to have a c-section 6 weeks before due date…all went well..it hurt like hell and i would never choose this way of delivery……the section was actualy planned but i ended up having it earlier than the plan due to bleeding..in the hospital 2 weeks and was ready to get the heck outta there!!

irisheyes

October 16th, 2009
10:07 pm

I had c-sections with all three of mine. First one was because my son had a head disguised as a watermelon. Second one was elective since it was only 15 months later, and I was at a small community hospital where there was not an anestheologist on duty 24 hours. Just wasn’t going to take the chance. Last baby was a planned c-section (that happened three weeks before it was scheduled!), but even if I had tried a VBAC, it would have never happened as he had craniosynostosis (early fusing of the skull), and his head would have never molded to make it down the birth canal.

My opinion? With the second, having a scheduled c-section was great. With a 15 month old at home, we were able to set up childcare and didn’t have to call anyone in the middle of the night! Things were much more stressful with the last since my water broke early, and we had to figure out what to do with the older two in the middle of the night!

irisheyes

October 16th, 2009
10:10 pm

Forgot to mention that I recovered quickly with all three. I was sent home every time with pain killers, but usually never took them for more than a day once I was home. The only part that was painful was getting out of bed, but vaginal births have their own issues with healing too. To be honest, I’m perfectly happy with all of my birth experiences.

April

October 17th, 2009
9:27 am

None of my children would be here without c-sections. One had the cord around the neck and the other two were undeliverable breech. It was a little painful put medication management controlled that. My goal was healthy children – and that is what I am blessed to have.

motherjanegoose

October 17th, 2009
3:33 pm

Ha Ha I’m stupid.

TinaTeach

October 19th, 2009
1:31 am

I had my first baby this past tuesday. After 15 hours of labor and only 20 minutes of pushing my son’s heart beat went through the floor. My doctor made the call for an emergency c-section. From arrival at OR to them getting him out was 30 seconds. He wasn’t breathing and had to be resuscitated. Luckily he and I are fine. We found out later that my placenta had stopped working at the end of labor because of my gestational diabetes.
I would do it all over again of course! But an elective c-section? I think not!