• R
  • Austin, United States
  • 7 months ago

C-Section or Vaginal Birth?

Here I am.. pregnant with my first baby.. supposed to be filling out my birth plan to discuss with my doctor in the next week BUT I am stuck between whether or not I should schedule a C-section to avoid strenuous labor hours or endure the emotional marathon of vaginal birth with my family in the same room? I have been told several times that a C-section is without a doubt the safest way to deliver a baby, considering its a more controlled environment.. but I really wanted to have that instant moment of skin to skin with a vaginal birth! Wondering if any other Mama has any experience with this same dilemma..
  • Jordan
  • TX, US
  • 4 days ago

C sections pose MANY more risks than a vaginal birth. If it’s your OB telling you this, I HIGHLY suggest finding a new OB. I was pressured into a completely unnecessary CS with my first child and I wish so much that I would have known the things that I know now.

  • L
  • Fairfax, USA
  • 4 days ago

C-section is not the safest way. There are reasons for a C-section and you should discuss them with your doctor. If you have no medical indications then vaginal may be the best, for you and baby. You can have skin to skin with C-section though. After 25 hrs of labor, I had an emergency C-section under general anesthesia. I wasn't able to see or hold my baby for about 3-4 hrs after birth. I was in pain and meds for more than a week. But I enjoyed my baby during that week. I wouldn't have had it any other way, because my baby is healthy. But C-section is a major surgery with risks for you and baby, so I think it should be done only when necessary. You should discuss everything with your doctor and then make a decision. Good luck with everything!

  • R
  • L, IE
  • 5 days ago

You get skin to skin with a section too :) I had an emergency section the healing was no joke! 6 weeks of barely being able to walk. They both have pros and cons. Looking back, I would have liked a vag delivery but If that won’t work for me is at least like to have scheduled it because the chaos of what happened was terrible- 8hrs of labor too lol

  • J
  • Leeds, United Kingdom
  • 20 days ago

I had a c section after getting no further than 4cm in like 2 days, and physically it was fine, but I was emotionally traumatised afterwards. I spent a year feeling regret about not giving birth “naturally” and it took me a long time to realise that it really doesn’t matter how you have birth. It’s all natural. I’d do what’s right for you babe, but in my experience - don’t put too much weight on that birth plan, as it usually goes out the window! Try not too have too many expectations about what your birthing experience should look like. And I think someone’s already mentioned it, definitely look into hypno birthing to help you through any anxiety! I’d personally opt for trying to give birth vaginally and just see what happens! X

  • L
  • NY, US
  • 22 days ago

There are more risks involved with c-section. I was happy to have one though, had an emergency one after 50 hours of back labor. Guess they figured I suffered enough.

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