Why is it that giving normal birth is better?
• United States
25 Feb 07
Since a c-section is surgery there is risk of infection, wound not healing properly, increased risk of something going wrong, and longer heal time (I know people who had c-sections 5+ years ago and still aren't healed to where they were before the c-section). How is that safer?
• Murfreesboro, Tennessee
28 Feb 07
Normal birth is, well, normal. It's the way the body is built to do things. C-section is a surgery that has risks just like any other surgery. It is a wonderful innovation, and there are children alive today who would not have been able to be born without it, but it shouldn't be considered the normal way of doing things. I had to have a C-section because my baby got stuck on my pelvis. I had a lot of problems during pregnancy, and this just turned into one too many of them. When I pushed for hours without any progress, we opted for C-section. My son came out healthy and I'm happy for that, but for me it took a long time to recover. I was still in massive amounts of pain 6 weeks later when I went back for my check, and I wasn't really moving around normally for a bit after that even. So I would recommend a C-section unless it's necessary.
• United States
25 Feb 07
Absolutely not. And it is worse for the baby, too. Part of the natural birth process helps the baby gain strength and when you have a c-section, the baby is more likely to need oxygen and other helps after the birth. God's way is always the best way unless it becomes impossible.
28 Feb 07
I had an emergency c section under general anaesthetic, because of medical negligence, my daughter had been in fetal distress for nearly two weeks and despite my screaming for help I was sent home each time as 'hysterical' this hospital is medieval when it comes to childbirth I have since heard this particular hospital does not even have the right and most up to date equipment for performing c sections- that made my blood run cold. My daughter came out with the cord 3 times around her neck and in her own waste the surgeon told us, I never saw my baby born, my beautiful daughter, we were all robbed physically and emotionally, so we are in the middle of suing there was no option for us, I have made the claim on behalf of my daughter, I went on to develop PND because of this, I couldn't walk for nearly two weeks only shuffle, when I got home I was doubled over in pain and on major painkillers my wound was leaking and then in and out of hospital afterwards with infections, I was even given anti biotics for a 'blood infection' the scar is horrific and the mental scar worse, my daughter has been statemented as special needs and I know that was from her 'birth'. I just feel an experience that was supposed to be so beautiful was so awful we were both robbed, one of the midwives came in and said I should be shot as she gave birth with 'gas and air and a tens machine' All when I was writhing in agony and screaming for help for my unborn baby. Well my partner who is loving and would never hit a woman, nearly slapped her out cold! having a c section is major invasive surgery and not to be undertaken lightly, like another (much nicer! read human lol!) midwife said if you had abdominal surgery for an appendix you would be waited on hand a foot and yet you have all your little newborns to look after so you should be proud of yourselves for that' The best way is nature's way believe me, I am broken hearted that I may never have the chance to have that experience, that scar will never heal.