Do You Believe That Women Should Be Allowed To Schedule C-Sections?

@biwasaki (1745)
United States
January 22, 2007 3:45am CST
I think the idea of women scheduling c-sections to avoid the pain of natural labor or to fit it into their schedule, is ridiculous. I believe that nature should be allowed to run its course and that the baby will arrive when its supposed to. Do you believe that women should be allowed to schedule c-sections if they are afraid to go through natural labor? Or perhaps if they are working women and need to stick to a certain schedule?
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@arkaf61 (10882)
• Canada
28 Mar 07
I personally don't agree with it, although there are more and more people scheduling their babies birth with a planned c-section. It sounds pretty selfish to me, to try to fit the baby's birth to our schedule instead of our schedule with the birth of the baby, but to each its own, and I don't need to agree with what others do as long as I respect it. I know that the birth of a baby, specially a first baby, is always a big question mark, people fear that the pain will be too much or that they won't be able to bear it. Lots of horror stories about labor and delivery only make it worse. In my opinion in the case of fear of pain, it would probably be better to just keep an open mind and go with the flow. If things get too intense and painful there are always many things available to help, including a c-section. This would make more sense to me, than to schedule a c-section even before knowing how bad - or not - it will be.
@biwasaki (1745)
• United States
28 Mar 07
I agree. I think scheduling a c-section just to avoid the pain is a bit of a cop out.
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@Pigglies (9339)
• United States
27 Mar 07
I guess it's their body and their decision. It doesn't seem to harm the baby, so I'm fine with it. However, I do have some disagreements about pregnant women working. Especially if they are moody, have morning sickness, and are just going to be jerks the whole time. Then they should have waited until they could have afforded to stay home.
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@biwasaki (1745)
• United States
27 Mar 07
Pregnant women go through a lot of hormonal changes which causes the moodiness. I don't think they should be made to sit at home while they are pregnant just because of that.
@crazynurse (7489)
• United States
9 Feb 07
I'm sorry, I find this appalling. No wonder our insurance premiums are out of sight! A c-section is very expensive, and the insurance company is paying for unnecessary costs! Then they pass their increased costs onto consumers in the form of higher insurance premiums! All this because a woman can't fit having a baby into her busy schedule! Sounds to me like maybe she is too busy to consider having a child! Parenting comes complete with children being sick, children's doctors appointements, snow days from school, and many other times when they may interfere with your schedule! If your schedule is already so 'booked'that you can't even give birth to the child, how on earth are you going to effectively care for the child!!!
@biwasaki (1745)
• United States
9 Feb 07
I agree with you completely!! If you're too busy to have a natural birth, than you are probably too busy to have a child. Children aren't like animals where they can be put off to the side and played with when you have time. They are a full time, 24/7 committment.
@lafavorito (2970)
• Philippines
6 Feb 07
A lot are undergoing C-sections because they are afraid of the pain of normal childbirth. They are unaware that the C-section wound is 3 inches deep and 5-6 inches wide, and it will completely heal only after 3 months. So they will be in pain for 3 months! My Dr once told me that we'll have a trial delivery were I will push, then they will decide if I need C-section, I said hell no! I don't want to undergo C-section, I'm going to push as long as it takes. Sometimes it really depends on the woman giving birth. As for me I prefer through normal delivery, but I'll do it with meds, I have very low tolerance on pain.
@biwasaki (1745)
• United States
6 Feb 07
I agree with you, I would much rather endure the pain of childbirth than the pain of recovering from a c-section. It only took me a week to heal completely from natural childbirth. I can't even imagine taking three months to be completely healed; and having young children and a baby to take care of would make it almost impossible to rest.
• United States
24 Jan 07
This is personally what I think. If it were me and my due date was around someone elses birthday or something I think it would be more special to be able to schedule it. For example, my great-grandmother's birthday is the 27th of June and I'm due on July 4th. My doctor allows his patients to schedule to be induced up to a week early, now whether he would let you have a c-section I don't know but in this case I was definately thinking about it. Reason being, she's 87 years old, in a nursing home and very dear to my heart so to me it would be extremely special. Just because, I don't think it's right. Why would you want to have a c-section anyway? I'm afraid of natural birth but after seeing a video of a c-section, I would take natural anyday.
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@biwasaki (1745)
• United States
24 Jan 07
But if there is no medical reason to have a c-section done, would you still want one done anyway?
@villageanne (8554)
• United States
23 Jan 07
Scheduling C sections are quickly becoming the norm! I dont agree with it but many Dr's suggest it so they can schedule their deliverys when it is convient for them. My daughters Dr tried everything to get her to schedule one so the baby would not be born while she was out of town. My daughter refused and told me that she did not feel good about doing that because the baby would come when it was ready. I was really proud of her. I think many women are doing it to avoid the pain of natural childbirth. I had both my girls totally natural. I refused any pain meds. I was concerned of there affects on my babies. I was in labor for 21 hours with one of them and 28 with the other. That is alot of pain to handle
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@biwasaki (1745)
• United States
24 Jan 07
I definitely disagree with this practice as well. Kudos to your daughter for refusing to give in to her doctor. I also refused pain meds with both my daughters, eleven and a half hours for the first and three and a half for the second.
@Modestah (11192)
• United States
28 Mar 07
a c-section is not an easier alternative and should only happen if physically necessary. It is major surgery, after all! The recover time is much longer for a c-sect patient than natural birth, and you still go through labor - just now you go through it AFTER delivery, when your abdomen and uterus have been cut into and are very sore. This does not mean that I do not think they should be scheduled, when it is known to be a necessary procedure there is no shame in scheduling it done. It is more dangerous for mother and child to go through labor and have a baby in the birthcanal unable to procede - to then have the c-section because they thought it best to let the body take its course. Due to a mishaped pelvis bone I can not give birth naturally to a full term baby. Believe me I wish I could! I do not like c-sections one bit. And, I have had labor 3 times, c-section 3 times (without pre birth labor)
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• United States
27 Mar 07
No, I don't think a woman should be allowed to schedule a c-section, or even an induction until she is at least a week overdue. The way that due dates are figured is by the first day of your last period, which is usually about 2 weeks before a child is conceived, so when they say you are 40 weeks pg, your baby is actually about 38 weeks. I also feel that doctors that start epi's as soon as a woman comes in because he "doesn't want her to feel anything" has an unrealistic expectation of the birth process. Women should be allowed to labor and give birth as naturally as possible. I am so thankful with every child that I have a mid-wife instead of a doc. They won't let me schedule a c-section, they won't induce until I'm 2 weeks overdue unless there is a medical reason to do so, and they will let me labor all day without trying to shove me in to a time frame where I might wind up with a c-section just because "it's not going fast enough" and it's only about 12 hours since the induction began, and I was as at a 2 and -2 station, with water intact. You get my point. I'm very against all of the unneccessary medical intervention. All the superstars that schedule their baby's birth is just so annoying to me.
• United States
7 Feb 07
I don't understand why a woman would want a c-section. It's major abdominal surgery and I think trying to recover from that plus caring for a newborn would be really hard!
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• United States
4 Feb 07
oh my! that IS ridiculous! i would never schedule my own c-section, i'd be more afraid of having a c section than going through natural birth, although i have had a c-section and it was the last resort! i really was so scared to have one but it was absolutely necessary at the time.
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@Mayuko (1272)
• United States
18 Jun 12
I don't see a problem with a woman choosing to have a C-section, but it is a bit unseemly to have one scheduled before she even enters labor. Then again, it is the woman's body and her life. She should be able to do what she wants as long as it isn't harmful to the baby.