Public hospitals don't like to do elective c-sections for non-medical reasons because it costs them more than a vaginal birth.
I'm hearing more and more often of people requesting elective c-sections in public hospitals and not having to fight to get them.
Maybe birth choices are finally being respected? I would talk to your local hospital and say that's what you want.
You can also go private without PHI and just pay up front. I know people who have gotten personal loans to cover the c-section costs and paid them off with their baby bonus.
I've had two elective c-sections in a public hospital and both were beautiful experiences.
I have to say, by the sound of it I was lucky. I didn't have any significant pain (very good pain management provided by the hospital) and was bending over to fill the dishwasher with no problems the day I got home. I'm not saying that everyone experiences that kind of... Luck? Fast healing?
But not everyone's experience is that bad either. I do want to warn though, I did get an infection in my wound that required medication which caused some healing time issues, it wasn't all sunshine and light. But I'll be going elective for my next bub because my labor experience was FAR worse than my cesar lol.
firstly, I hope that in the end that you and baby are delivered well and safely, that is honestly the most important thing
I just thought I'd write because i'm a theatre nurse, have been exposed to hundereds of caesarians, and although many of the girls have pointed out already that it is major internal surgery, it is a very big operation to have and does take awhile to recover from. Don't get me wrong I have no personal objection to caesereans but understand the rationale of Drs' to try and deliver vaginally whilst keeping close eyes on your vital stats and bubs whilst birthing.
Unless your hospital your attending is quite progressive I believe if you've got pregnancy induced hypertension (as it likely sounds you fit the criteria, for myself I suffered the same with bubs no 2) they may go down that road of maintaining your bp and babys sats etc close monitoring and then if your birthing doesn't progress discuss going to Caesar.
Please keep us posted though, its a very interesting topic of conversation, believe me, I've seen many drs and nurses fight till they are blue in the face about it all lol! So let us know what happens!
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