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    Default Elective C-Sect - public under general possible?

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    Just planning ahead for when we start TTC and get a BFP.

    I am wanting an elective C-Sect under general anaesthetic. Does anyone know if this is possible when going public or would I need to go private?

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    Depends on why you want one really?

    C/s under GA isnt really recomended, is only given for specific reasons.....even in private hospy's.

    If you are choosing a c/s purely for personal/emotional reasons, private is the way to go as many public hospy's will not let you elect a c/s for non-medical reasons.

    If you have medical reasons for requiring a c/s under g/a - talk to your Dr when you are pregnant about your options.

    Best of luck

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    I'd say they'd be reluctant to do that. i had an emergency one under general, because I was so far into the labour it was too late to do the epidural. At the time I was glad, because I was scared of being concsious, but I was totally out of it for the rest of that day, not so good with a new baby.

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    You'll have to have a very solid medical reason for using a general anaesthetic whether you go public or private.

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    You would need to go private for an elective c-section. Also under GA they usually don't do that, it's also alot more dangerous, there are serious risks with general anaesthetics and they like to have as less complications as possible.
    Being awake for the birth of your child is also really special, trust me, you won't want to miss it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MyBabyLeo View Post
    You would need to go private for an elective c-section.
    You can have an elective caesarean publicly, you just need a good medical reason for one.

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    Hi ElleAment

    Is there any way you're able to go private? If so I would highly recommend doing so.

    I wanted to have an elective c-section in a public hospital but fast found out it wouldn't be easy to get one as I didn't have a physical-medical reason for it, I talked to two different midwives and one ob at two different local public hospitals and all of them said it wasn't likely I'd be allowed one. I probably could of fought to have one (a lot of women do and they end up winning) but I didn't want the stress lol.

    I ended up going private and my ob didn't hesitate to agree to doing the c-section for me after I gave him my reasons. I won't be under a GA but I do know of women who've requested a c-section under a GA (privately) and their ob's have agreed

    Good luck for when you start TTC

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    I had an elective c-section although I had the spinal block rather than under general. I am the biggest scaredy cat and the anestetist was great, he gave me drugs via a drip to keep me calm and relaxed while they were cutting me open I had a private Ob but delivered in a public hospital. I didnt have any private health cover so paid the fees for my obstetrician to do the c-section. I also had to pay to stay at the public hospital because I was a pivate patient. It was definitely worth every cent. I cant imagine going into a public hospital (in labour) and not knowing which doctor Ill get ect.

    I guarantee you will not regret being awake during it all. It dosent hurt a bit and then they hold your baby up and you see its face...that first glimpse is something you will never forget.

    Good luck

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    when i was having DD2 the woman next to me was having her second via elective c/s under general.

    no medical reason other then she didnt want to go through a vaginal birth again and did not want to be awake for it.
    there could have been more to it though, this is just what her hubby was chatting away to DF about.

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    Having a general comes with its risks, and so most good OBs would be hesitant to use one unless necessary.

    The public system is also very short on financial resources, and while they do provide caesarean section deliveries to public patients, it is not given to you as a choice as such unless there is a medical reason for a caesarean. I do believe having a prior caesarean will make them more likely to give you another though...

    Being an otherwise healthy woman, you may find the public system pretty unwilling to offer you a caesarean free of charge.


 

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