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Yes, even when in the hormonal throes of pregnancy and childbirth. Psychology, in fact, plays a huge part in how harrowing, or believe it or not pleasant a birth ends up being. Look no further than the many advocates of hypnobirthing for proof of that. And equally, being fully informed and psychologically prepared for a safe, planned Caesarean birth can be extremely positive for a woman and her child. But to allow that, you have to trust that a woman knows her own body and mind — and then give her the agency to carry out her wishes. Studies cited in the BMJ confirm this: women who suffer from a fear of childbirth during pregnancy have an increased risk of being forced to have an emergency C-section.
Needless to say, a planned C-section is preferable to an emergency one — and not just for the expectant mother. Research also shows that women who opt for a planned C-section after a first Caesarean delivery have lower rates of serious bleeding and womb rupture, and their babies are less likely to be stillborn. Yes, a woman who wants to have a C-section should be offered guidance and advice from medical professionals so she has all the information at hand. She may change her mind, perhaps more than once. But that choice, whatever it ends up being, is still hers to make, even if there are no clinical indications.
And that pertains to all fields of medicine we still have a big problem accepting that women should be able to have abortions when they say they want them, without having to demonstrate psychological or physical trauma to two separate doctors. If she has a solid reason to believe that a C-section is the best and safest option for her, why would we not grant her that fundamental, basic right?
I delivered a healthy baby girl 12 weeks ago by C-section. I was terrified, had nightmares featuring ghoulish images of bleeding to death on the operating table or losing an organ, but in the end I had a wholly positive birth experience. Fewer than 15 minutes passed between being given the spinal anaesthetic and holding my daughter in my arms. The delivery was bizarre but completely pain-free. She came out kicking and screaming, pink and alert, at a healthy weight. I may not have gone into labour or pushed my daughter out of my body unaided, but I nonetheless consider her birth to have been natural.
Perhaps the most natural thing in the world. Yes, Caesareans cost an already stressed healthcare system several hundred pounds more than alternate delivery methods, but this is not an area where budgets can afford to be cut. We need to start practicing what our national guidelines already preach. How can anyone even argue that having your abdomen cut open and organs rearranged is an easy or, God forbid, lazy way out? You can find our Community Guidelines in full here.
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One of the biggest benefits of deciding on a cesarean birth is, quite plainly, not to have to give birth vaginally. A C-section is a serious surgery with a longer recovery time, but there's no getting around the fact that you avoid the pushing, stretching, and potential tearing of your birth canal. Not only is the natural childbirth process painful, but it can take hours. This isn't the case for C-sections. According to Dr. For mothers having nightmares of an hour labor, an elective C-section seems like a dream come true.
Choosing a C-section ahead of time can lower your risk of postpartum incontinence and sexual dysfunction , which can happen after vaginal birth if the head damages nerves and muscles when passing through the birth canal. Choosing a C-section is about the wellbeing of the baby, too. Some mothers worry about the risk of head injury to their child during natural childbirth, particularly if forceps end up being required to assist in the delivery. Despite rapidly increasing numbers, many mothers, doctors, and health organizations still say no -- American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists ACOG included.
The official committee opinion of the ACOG on elective C-sections, or those requested by the mother with no health necessity indicated by mother or baby, states that, based on the balance of risks and benefits, a vaginal delivery should be the recommended choice. Shamsah Amersi advises women to remember that a C-section is surgery, and surgery is not without risks. Also, anesthesia risks are there.