Elective C-Section

BDawg

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I've been told that there are advantages to planning a C-section instead of having a "natural" birth. Did anyone do that for his/her kid? Why did you choose it?
 

anno

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gosh, I didn't know you could just decide you preferred to have a c-section.. I wouldn't think your insurance would cover it if it wasn't deemed medically necessary.

edit: for the record I had both of mine the old fashioned way.. on their on schedule, unmedicated.. it was the fashion at the time. it certainly wasn't the most fun I ever had but I'm thinkin' it was preferable to unnecessary surgery.. I mean.. if it was all that unfun, I wouldn't have done it again. :)


 

Bryophyte

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Why would you go through major abdominal surgery if you didn't absolutely need to? That's nuts.
 

FoBoT

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my wife had 2 , but they were not "elective" , she/the babies had medical conditions that required it
 

aircooled

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my ex-wife had to have an emergency c-section. not sure what the advantages of elective would be would be other than the baby not having the cone-shaped head and scheduling.....
 

Anonemous

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Never heard of elective C-section unless it was necessary for the mother/baby's welfare. Scarring/cost of operation would definitely be major cons.

edit: Doctors want to bill insurance for unnecessary operations?
 

yobarman

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I don't see how a C-section could have any advantage over a NATURAL BIRTH in a normal heathly mother.
 

BDawg

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Originally posted by: yobarman
I don't see how a C-section could have any advantage over a NATURAL BIRTH in a normal heathly mother.

Apparently, a C-section isn't considered major surgery, can prevent erosion of the pelvic floor, prevent later incontenence, and insurrance companies don't care much. Apparently, it's a growing trend in obstetrics.
 

dethman

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a large proportion of csections are elective, and the number is growing. it's actually a concern among doctors that more and more women are opting for this.

disadvantages include: difficulties with further vaginal births including possible uterine rupture, more bleeding, increased recovery time, increase rate of infection, possible respiratory difficulties in the neonate.


that being said, the final choice should be between you, your wife(assuming you have one), and your OB/GYN.
 

Bryophyte

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Have you ever seen a c-section done or talked to someone who has had it done to them? It *is* major invasive surgery. It takes a long time to recover from it. It adds complications for women trying to breastfeed. And if you don't think that insurance companies care much, think again. It's much more expensive for them than vaginal birth.
 

dethman

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advantages mainly include convenience (timing), and less pain involved than labor.

it's a growing trend. i read in a journal 31% of female OB/GYNs would have an elective cesarean for themselves if they were pregnant.
 

BDawg

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Originally posted by: Bryophyte
Have you ever seen a c-section done or talked to someone who has had it done to them? It *is* major invasive surgery. It takes a long time to recover from it. It adds complications for women trying to breastfeed. And if you don't think that insurance companies care much, think again. It's much more expensive for them than vaginal birth.

Actually, my dad is an OB/GYN. He said that breastfeeding isn't more difficult and that insurrance companies don't care much. I'm just trying to get some "end user" feedback.
 

bleeb

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Originally posted by: dethman
advantages mainly include convenience (timing), and less pain involved than labor.

it's a growing trend. i read in a journal 31% of female OB/GYNs would have an elective cesarean for themselves if they were pregnant.

 

dethman

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Originally posted by: Bryophyte
Have you ever seen a c-section done or talked to someone who has had it done to them? It *is* major invasive surgery. It takes a long time to recover from it. It adds complications for women trying to breastfeed. And if you don't think that insurance companies care much, think again. It's much more expensive for them than vaginal birth.

i've participated in at least 10 csections. it is a very quick, noncomplicated surgery. it is not considered "major" abdominal surgery. patients are usually awake the entire time and usually lasts <30 minutes.
 

aircooled

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I've had some large poops I'd rather been anesthetized for... I cannot blame anyone for a planned c-section.
 

aplefka

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That's why I'm a male member of the human race. I don't even want to have to think about this being done to me.
 

DanTMWTMP

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my mom had to do c-section for both me and my brother. my mom's water broke at 7th month w/ me inside.
She's a frail 4'11'' @ 95 pounds right now.

for my little brother, since my mom already had a csection, docs said once u do a c-section, u have to do c-sections for every child afterwards (is this true? or was she just too weak to handle a natural birth?)


when i was born at 7 months, i was 4 pounds. I hear that's a bit huge for 7 months, since i've heard that other people that were born @ 7 months were around 1.5-3 pounds.
 

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My wife has had three. The first was because they attempted to induce too early (IMHO), just a few days after the due date. The second was because he was upside down and his nose got him stuck in the birth canal. The third was because they rarely do VBAC after two C-sections. One of my friends had six!

The first one was an absolute breeze. Other than a complication with the epidural, my wife recovered incredibly quick. She was up and moving with very little ab. pain the next day. The second one was a little worse (probably more typical), and the third was pretty bad with pain for several months.

After the first one, I thought it was something everyone should do. Now I think it should be a last resort.
 

BDawg

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Originally posted by: DanTMWTMP
for my little brother, since my mom already had a csection, docs said once u do a c-section, u have to do c-sections for every child afterwards (is this true? or was she just too weak to handle a natural birth?)

Depends on the woman. Back when you were born, that was likely true. These days, vaginal after cesarian is not that uncommon.
 

Bryophyte

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Originally posted by: dethman
Originally posted by: Bryophyte
Have you ever seen a c-section done or talked to someone who has had it done to them? It *is* major invasive surgery. It takes a long time to recover from it. It adds complications for women trying to breastfeed. And if you don't think that insurance companies care much, think again. It's much more expensive for them than vaginal birth.

i've participated in at least 10 csections. it is a very quick, noncomplicated surgery. it is not considered "major" abdominal surgery. patients are usually awake the entire time and usually lasts <30 minutes.

*shrug* I would consider it major surgery if someone cut open my stomach, pulled my uterus out, cut it open, rearranged my internal organs a bit in the process, and sewed my uterus and stomach back up. It boggles my mind that a woman would want to go through that in an uncomplicated pregnancy. I can understand it if it's necessary to protect the health of the infant or mother, but I can't wrap my mind around doing it for no good reason. And just to clarify, I'm not afraid of pain, I've given birth twice unmedicated (to an almost-9 pounder and an almost-8 pounder.) As far as complicating breastfeeding, the meds and the incision pain probably do impact it at least somewhat.
 

midwestfisherman

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My wife had two. The first one with our twin girls and the second one with our son. Both were needed due to complications.
 

rh71

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i had a spleenectomy that left a still-visible (after 5 years) 6-in vertical scar down the center of my stomach down to the abs. I dont' know why anyone would elect to do that to themselves if they didn't have to.
 

Ogg

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Originally posted by: dethman
Originally posted by: Bryophyte
Have you ever seen a c-section done or talked to someone who has had it done to them? It *is* major invasive surgery. It takes a long time to recover from it. It adds complications for women trying to breastfeed. And if you don't think that insurance companies care much, think again. It's much more expensive for them than vaginal birth.

i've participated in at least 10 csections. it is a very quick, noncomplicated surgery. it is not considered "major" abdominal surgery. patients are usually awake the entire time and usually lasts <30 minutes.

well it sure as hell looked liked major surgery to me when all my wifes parts were taken out of her body and strewn across her midsection ..........:shocked:

It was cool, glad I saw it :cool: