Originally Posted by wil318466
In all seriousness, does anyone have any input in c-sections? Knowing when the baby will arrive is something that would be very very convenient, considering our work situation.
We have two kids. Tried to go natural on the first. He was a week and a half late and measured huge, so we tried natural induction. OBGYN we went to is a super natural type, but not the kind to risk the health of the baby or mother, so she was a good mix for us. Wife tried for 40 hours. Baby wasn't coming, was passing meconium. He had his head turned the wrong way and had a huge head. It was time to throw in the towel. Wife had a C-Section (not emergency, but not scheduled), and baby was healthy. We went home 2 days later. Wife was sore for a long time due to all the pains of natural labor and then the surgery. Baby was 10+ lbs with >95% head size, so no way he was coming out.
She got pregnant again and we wanted to try natural, but the one thing she didn't want was what happened the first time. We had a few elective ultrasounds to measure her head size and it was always 2 weeks ahead of gestational age. We scheduled 5 days before due date. It was amazing what a difference between the two situations were. This was super relaxed and calm. We both got good nights sleep before going in. The surgery was very relaxed and smooth, got to play our own music, birthing process was very smooth. Wife was nowhere near as sore as the first one and we left in 2 days again, but this time she was MUCH better when we got home. It was a breeze.
Originally Posted by pongo
A cesarean is major abdominal surgery and is riskier for mom than a vaginal delivery under normal circumstances. It isn't recommended to have an elective c-section. Also, the recovery time will be much longer than with a normal vaginal birth. Mom might not be able to do much baby care for a while.
It's also note greatest idea to force baby's birthdate into you schedule. For the most part, they come when they are ready. If you deliver too early, you risk having a baby with immature lung function and might end up with a stay in the NICU. Ultrasound dating is not an exact science, and due dates are approximate. A woman is considered full term for a five week period.
Almost all of this is based on psuedo-science non-sense and is not true. The risk is not significantly higher. Isn't recommended by whom? It's not *much* longer. It's a bit longer. If by a while you mean a few days, then sure.
Forcing the birthdate is the biggest part of nonsense in here. There is this whole hippie BS of "baby knows best" blah blah. No. Child birth is inherently a dangerous process. Babies do not know anything. Babies die all the time in natural childbirth. Doctors are not going to schedule you when their lungs are immature. 39 weeks is standard for this, and 37 weeks is full term. Being off by 2+ weeks is virtually unheard of for modern ultrasounds, especially if you got an ultrasound early when there is little variation.
The other thing to consider is expense. Not sure what your insurance might be, but it was a decent amount more expensive for me for the C-Section. Check your insurance for this. I'd say about $10-15,000 is accurate for C-Section costs if it goes smoothly.
wil- you need to do what you guys are comfortable with. Make an educated choice, don't be guilted into it because you aren't good parents if you schedule a C-section or whatever nonsense is coming from the psuedo-science community.