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    Default Considering elective c-section due to short height, looking for opinions/ advice

    Apologies for the long post!

    A few days ago I posted a thread in the birth questions forum about birth plans and wanting to just "go with the flow" during labour as this is my first child and I have no experience to base preferences on. My plan from the start was to attempt a natural birth with the option of pain relief and open to a c-section only if necessary.

    The night after posting that I met up with my friend who is a doctor and whose opinion I respect. She said if she were my doctor she would advise me to have a scheduled c-section because I'm very short and also because my mum gave birth to all her kids via emergency c-section. I expected this opinion from her because most people in the medical field that I know are pro scheduled cesareans, so I politely nodded and that was it, however days later I'm still thinking about what she said.

    I had an appointment with my ob today and asked him what he thought. He has been pro cesear from the start although willing to deliver naturally if that is my preference, but he said because of my height it's likely I will end up having an emergency c-section anyway, and that a schedulde cesarean would be better in terms of the size of the scar and recovery.

    When I discussed it with my husband he was supportive and said it was my decision but mentioned his mum who is a nurse had asked him if I was thinking of having a cesarean and suggested that it would probably be a good idea because of my height.

    I feel very confused now. I know ultimately it's up to me and I still want to attempt it naturally, but I feel like if I do and then end up having an emergency c I'll be really disappointed and annoyed at myself for not taking notice of all this advice I've gotten. I guess I just don't know what to do and just looking for any advice or opinions anyone would care to offer.

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    I don't understand how height can hinder you pushing a baby out of your vajayjay, can you please explain?

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    Your height has nothing to do with your pelvis capabilities

    Another group of pelvises that inspire me are those of the pygmy women of Africa. I have an article in my files by an anthropologist who reports that these women have a height of four feet, on average. The average weight of their infants is eight pounds! In relative terms, this is like a woman five feet six giving birth to a fourteen-pound baby.
    http://www.midwiferytoday.com/articles/pelvis.asp
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    I am lost too. My mil was tiny and had 9 bub including twins naturally. I don't understand how height has anything to do with it.

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    Im interested in responses to this thread too. Im only 5'0 and yes, ended up in c-section after 13 hours labour and dialated 9cm but couldnt dialate any further (swollen anterior lip due to bubs pushing down for so long) My OB had been concerned about my size / height but was pro trying for a natural birth, and said she would be supportive of a VBAC next time. Im planning on giving it a go when the time comes and hope that there is no reason why being smaller in height would make a difference??

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    Though we could all tell you you are being fed a pile of rubbish to be honest your 'support' system seems to be setting you up for a caesarean anyway I would seriously consider reviewing who you are using as a care provider or I fear you will be sectioned either way.

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    Well I didn't quite understand either! As far as my friend and MIL, because they are both quite a bit older than me, I thought maybe it is an out dated belief they've held onto.

    My ob said shorter asian women (like me) tend to have smaller pelvises, and since the baby is measuring on the bigger side, it's likely, though not definite, that I could experience difficulties. For the record I'm under 150cm, anyone know of women that short that have delivered naturally?

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    As the others have said height has absolutely nothing to do with your ability to give birth naturally. I am only 5'2 and FOB is 6'4 and I still managed to birth DD naturally and drug free despite her being 1/3 of my height at birth. I would be seeking some second opinions personally, if you want to birth naturally seek an OB who supports this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by waitinghoping View Post
    Im interested in responses to this thread too. Im only 5'0 and yes, ended up in c-section after 13 hours labour and dialated 9cm but couldnt dialate any further (swollen anterior lip due to bubs pushing down for so long) My OB had been concerned about my size / height but was pro trying for a natural birth, and said she would be supportive of a VBAC next time. Im planning on giving it a go when the time comes and hope that there is no reason why being smaller in height would make a difference??
    There are so many reasons why you may not of dilated past 9cm without knowing the full story it can be very hard to help anyone with this sort of question. My suggestion is to get a copy of your notes and to seek out an independent midwife who can go through them with you.

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    Hmmm I would be seeking another opinion. I worked with a woman who had a form of dwarfism (her DH was of average height) and she gave birth vaginally, so I don't see how your height automatically equals c-section.

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