| Originally Posted by Christine |
I actually asked my Dr. about the epidural slowing things down and she said there is really no truth to that, every woman's body reacts differently.
And if a woman chooses to have an elective c-section its her body and her choice I don't really think those should count in this discussion.
I had a friend who just had a scheduled c-section because as a petite woman it was discovered that at 41 weeks she was not dialating AT ALL and her baby was almost 10lbs, for the safety of the baby they didn't even bother inducing her instead just scheduled a c-section. She was a big pro-natural birth advocate and didn't even want any drugs, however when faced with the prospect of being pregnant any longer or putting her baby at risk because after 40 weeks your placenta does not work properly anymore, she chose the c-section.
I really don't know what Dr's are not informing their patients about the risks, however I also believe its a patients responsibility to ask questions and do what is best for them, I mean honestly its your life and your child's life.
Sounds very similar to my 2nd pregnancy......
I didn't get a chance to read this thread earlier but wanted to put my 2 cents in. With my first child I was in labor for 10 hours, had her with some meds - I say SOME because I still felt pain, but all in all I dialated from 5 to 10 in a matter of minutes and 3 pushes and she was out.
My second child - a WHOLE other story! I was a week overdue and was in labor for 32 hours. I don't wish that pain on anyone! Imagine not being able to eat anything but ice chips for 32 hours. The air was so dry, my nose got so dry and stuffy I could hardly breathe. After 3 - yes 3 failed attempts at an epidural the doctor finally determined that the baby was in distress and they had to do a C-section. The contractions were one on top of the other - I couldn't catch my breath from one when the next one came. For some reason, my body just would not dialate. Keep in mind I was deadset against a C Section. So after being taken into the OR to do the C Section - I was given a shot to numb me from the waist down - It didn't work either...I could still feel the doctor pinching my skin! I had to be put under for them to deliver my son. Thankfully he was a healthy 9lbs 10 oz baby boy!
In my circumstances, it was absolutely necessary. I was told after that my placenta just quit doing its job. (sorry TMI) Sometimes you have to do what you have to do and until that time comes, you can't truly say what you will do.
My stupid sister for instance, kept having kids even when her doctor told her that he could not continue to deliver via c section because of the scar tissue. She has three kids and with the last one, had it scheduled ...hold on...this is the epitamy of stupidness....to have her husband, son and the new babys birthdates all two days apart!
She is a freaking idiot! She had her scheduled c-section and ended up with a child whose esophagus was not fully formed and had some SERIOUS digestive issues! Her daughter was on 7 different meds for acid reflux and she wasn't even 6 months old. Her child who is now almost 10 years old has speech and learning disabilities. Our oldest kids are 6 months apart and people think they are an easy 2 years apart by the way each one talks, reasons and looks. (her daughter on the young end of the stick) - hope that makes sense!
All I can say is to each his own!