April 2016 is Caesarean section Awareness Month. If you’re like me and have had 1 or more C-sections you will know that there is some kind of stupidity thats surrounds it. Some people seem to think a having a C-section makes you less of a mother than having your baby naturally.
In most circumstances woman who have a C-sections are faced with no other choice. My first born was via emergency section, after being induced and labour not processing for a substantial amount of time. I was in labour but not dilating past 5cm for over 24 hours and it was decided a C-section was the best option. With my second I chose to have an elective section. Having already had one section I made the choice to have an elective and in my opinion that makes me no lesser a Mother than anyone who has had a natural birth.
C-sections are by no means an EASY way out. After having Little Man and Bubs there were Mothers who had a natural birth who were up, walking about and picking up their baby. Where as me… I was in bed with a catheter and couldn’t even lift Little Man out of his cot without asking a Midwife to help me. I couldn’t shower straight after as I had to wait for the feeling to come back into my legs. God help me if someone made me laugh and if I need to cough I had a drink to try to stop it, Yes thats because if I needed to cough, sneeze or laugh I felt like my insides were going to rip open. When I did eventually manage to get out of bed I was almost bent double as standing up straight was impossible.
After having Little Man I was on a ward with 3 other Mothers who had natural births and it was hard for me to see them all up and about. After having my elective section I was on a ward with all the elective Mammas. This was a much nicer experience as we were all in the same boat. We were all walking about bent over a bit, non of us could pick up our babies without the help from the Midwife, non of us had had a shower and we all knew the pain of needing to cough or trying not to laugh.
I am no less of a Mother for having 2 C-sections one emergency and one planned. The planned C-section was my choice and I wouldn’t change it for the world. I just feel sorry for the ignorant people who think they are better for going natural. If you are having a planned C-section I wrote a little guide about what to expect leading up to and on the day here.
My section babies…
Have you had a planned or emergency caesarean? How was your experience?
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