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    Default Maternal Request C-section through public system is it possible?

    Hi all,

    I'm located in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne and am thinking of starting a family soon. I've known for many years that i would like to deliver via C-section. I do not have private health insurance however i do not believe that this should remove the right to autonomy over my own body.
    Has anybody been able to go through the public system without a 'medical reason'

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    You're going to be hard-pressed convincing an obstetrics team to preform major surgery - And on the public purse no less - with a 'It's my right' plea. I'm sorry to sound harsh but it's not your right. If you want major surgery without a valid medical reason then you should pay for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MissTwiggley View Post
    You're going to be hard-pressed convincing an obstetrics team to preform major surgery - And on the public purse no less - with a 'It's my right' plea. I'm sorry to sound harsh but it's not your right. If you want major surgery without a valid medical reason then you should pay for it.
    Yep. This
    If you want a c section I suggest you take out PHI and then request it

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    i’d put my case forward (worst case they say no, and likely will in the absence of a medical reason). but you never know. before ds was born (i had him in melbourne’s public system too) an ob i spoke to said they promote vaginal deliveries where possible and where it’s safe for mum and bub. i mean by all means plead your case, but be prepared to be refused.

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    Depending where you live, going public you will be in a catchment for a particular public hospital I.e box hill or angliss as an example (I am eastern suburbs) based on this you could always check with your particular hospital.

    Like others have said, I don’t think your chances are high, however if you don’t ask you won’t know.

    If you are hard set on C section, suggest you take PHI insurance to ensure this.

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    I experience anxiety around 'vaginal birth' and have friends/family whom have been left with permanent trauma physical and mental. I work in an industry where i also see the side effects of such trauma daily.
    I understand that a csection is a major operation which in its self carries risk however for me it is a controlled one.
    Thankyou for taking the time to respond but i have to disagree with 'It is not your right'. Women should have choice and control over their birth method especially if one causes stress this should not be dependant on financial circumstance.

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    I would just discuss it with your team. Only they can say if they will or won't, however It's very likely being public unless you NEED one for medical reasons you'll get one.

    If you're 100% dead set that's the only way you wish to birth, you should probably take out PHI to ensure you get the birth experience you want. To give you the choice you want/guarentee you your right to choose.

    I have had 3 csections - because I HAD to, no complications from them, fast recovery, minimal pain....I've been incredibly lucky. However. I would give anything to have had a vaginal birth instead.

    It IS major surgery. It DOES still take a toll on you. There ARE extra risks - not just for you - also your baby. It could have breathing issues after birth because it wasn't delivered naturally among others, and need to go to Special care.

    Keep in mind you've just had major surgery so you can't just walk over and check on them. You can't see or touch them. You can't hold them, and if you intend to breastfed, you miss out on that first feed (very important) and instead will be hand expressing (or the midwife can).

    Be prepared that when there's no one around and if your baby is in its bed and cries, there's nothing you can do but buzz the nurse and sit and listen to them screaming unto they get there to you - because you can't just get up and pick them up due to the major surgery you've just had, the catheter that may still be in, wound drainage, iv, and whatever else you're hooked up to...

    Anyway... there are just a few things many people don't consider until they're there. It's not pretty, nor something I'd do by choice

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gloss100 View Post
    I experience anxiety around 'vaginal birth' and have friends/family whom have been left with permanent trauma physical and mental. I work in an industry where i also see the side effects of such trauma daily.
    I understand that a csection is a major operation which in its self carries risk however for me it is a controlled one.
    Thankyou for taking the time to respond but i have to disagree with 'It is not your right'. Women should have choice and control over their birth method especially if one causes stress this should not be dependant on financial circumstance.
    I think considering your knowledge of post- birth injuries and anxiety around birth, you would have a pretty good case for requesting a c section.
    You may have to ask several times, or go to a board or similar to plead your case, but I don't think they can refuse on those grounds.

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    In my experience no, they won’t accept your request for a cesarean without medical reason- and mental health/anxiety is not classed as a medical reason. I suffered a postpartum haemorrhage following the birth of my 5th and as result was diagnosed with ptsd. When I fell pregnant with my 6th, I was also wanting my tubes done so I requested an elective cesarean. I broke down in my consult appointment because the thought of going through another vaginal birth terrified me so much- the doctors saw first hand how it impacted me. Add to that being my 6th and I was already classed as a higher risk of pph. They denied my request because it wasn’t classed as medically necessary (approved my tubal ligation though, but had to wait 3 months post birth for it).

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    Default Maternal Request C-section through public system is it possible?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gloss100 View Post
    I experience anxiety around 'vaginal birth' and have friends/family whom have been left with permanent trauma physical and mental. I work in an industry where i also see the side effects of such trauma daily.
    I understand that a csection is a major operation which in its self carries risk however for me it is a controlled one.
    Thankyou for taking the time to respond but i have to disagree with 'It is not your right'. Women should have choice and control over their birth method especially if one causes stress this should not be dependant on financial circumstance.
    whilst i completely agree with you in theory, i guess the economic practicalities are a little different. when medicare foots the entire bill, it becomes an issue of economy. the government simply can’t afford to offer every single woman a 4-5 night stay in hospital, surgery, anaesthetist, surgeon etc. should it? maybe. but will it, right now? unlikely.

    if your heart is set on a scheduled cs, i would get phi with the obstetric cover. it’s the only way to ensure you get exactly what you want.
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