10th April 2016

Caesarean Section Awareness Month

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…

Little Man:
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Bubs:

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Have you had a planned or emergency caesarean? How was your experience?

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11 responses to “Caesarean Section Awareness Month”

  1. Kara Guppy says:

    After 5 natural births I was in for a shock when I had an emergency c-section. It was the most terrifying moment of my life and the recovery takes an awful lot longer, I hated being out of action. I have to admit I would never ever choose to have a c-section and don’t understand why people do, but that is their choice.

  2. Great post I had an emergency c-section with Blake and its definitely not the easy way out I wince when I think about the pain.

  3. I was lucky enough to have a natural delivery with Rosalie but I do think it is great that you can opt to have a planned c section after an emergency one.

  4. Kerry Norris says:

    My 2nd was a cesearean and it is far from the easy way out. I hated it. It was so difficult after the delivery and very painful x

  5. Harriet Lee says:

    I had a natural birth with Bella but I have never once have thought that a C section is the easy way out! I always think the recovery must be so so much worse. It’s totally unfair there is this stigma attached to C sections! xo

  6. Anyone who says you’re not as much of a mum after having a C section is an idiot. Can I ask why you chose an elective c section the second time?

    • Hi Victoria, my first section was an emergency after being induced , in labour for over 24 hours. It was rushed and then they cut major veins by accident so had to rush in a consultant as they couldn’t stop me bleeding. I found it all hard to come to terms with and I struggled with it for a long time thinking what if… I chose a second section as I wanted a peaceful, relaxed birth and I wanted to try to come to terms with my first section. I wanted to know in my head it isn’t all bad. Thats exactly what happened. My second second was an amazing experience and its helped me come to terms with my first section. xx

  7. Janine says:

    I’ve never had aways cesarean section. I don’t think it would be for me thinking someone cuts you open. I hate hospitals so quickest way in and out lol

  8. Charlotte says:

    I was almost an emergency c section with my daughter but my surgeon was against c sections under general anesthetic. I often wish I had had one as the ordeal was horrendous! x

  9. Well done for raising awareness. I hate it when people think that C section is an opt out!! It isn’t at all and is just a tough for different reasons x

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