I've found some of the comments in here very upsetting and insensitive. I had a terrible pregnancy, a traumatic csection and then a week run in NICU. My son has leaky gut and respiratory issues due to prematurity and the paed using the wrong sized resus tube and scaring my sons trachea. Seriously, my son sounds like a baby Darren Lockyer. I have been working on my abs for months and they still suck!
Csections aren't easier, they aren't complication free and they aren't always the best option. For healthy mums and babies a vaginal birth is less risky.
And yes I feel like I missed out. I didn't see my son until he was 3 hours old. Neither me nor my husband saw him being born. I don't remember much at all of his first 24 hours because of the GA. On the contrary I remember every detail of the day my daughter was born, right down to what I had for breakfast and what colour shoes my doula was wearing.
And my vag didn't rip open, I don't have light bladder leakage and she isn't special needs. She's perfect. My son on the other hand, well more and more about his health is unravelling as he gets older and it all comes back to his birth.