|Originally posted by Greaseball
By the same token, ACOG should really get into the risks of elective c/s, but they don't. They maintain a c/s is the safest way for a baby to be born. In ACOG publications, they make it sound like the serious consequences of a c/s will never happen to you. You'll be on your feet in 8 hours, not need any medication after 3 days, and "definitely have the edge in sitting," according to books like What to Expect (endorsed by ACOG.) Quick and easy recoveries are not as common as they would like you to think. They also point out that having a scheduled c/s allows one to "relax and enjoy the birth."
The ACOG website even says that although Pitocin increases the risk of rupture, it's "not a contraindication" for a VBAC.:
And their ethics committee decided it was ethical to perform a c/s when no medical reason was present. (I would have loved to be in on that discussion...: )
I actually dont think the risks of a surgical birth are downplayed, I was aware and informed of the risks. I had to sign a document saying I could die, my child could die, I could lose my uterus, I could get a PE and have a stroke. Etc. However with all I know, I do believe that my surgical birth was safer than a VBAC for ME. And for many reasons.
While I am not a fan of the ACOG I do support the choice and the advice they give on having a planned c/s. I think for someone who has never had a surgical birth to tell women who are planning to have a surgical birth for whatever reason, that they shouldnt schedule it has no idea the emotional aspects we go through to get into that OR and come out. For me, having my csection planned was crucial to my mental and emotional stability. I didn't want any surprises and while things can happen in an OR, I was given a lot of control about my birth I wouldnt have otherwise had, had I gone into labor. And I would do it again and again and again.
I also took measures before, duing, and after my birth to ensure a great recovery. And it was great. I was up and walking around, eating, had no nursing problems, and out in less than 48hours of the hospital. I went home and though I took it easy, I didnt have time to sit on my keister with three children, with two of them bieng under 18 months old. I was driving in a week and had absolute a PAIN FREE recovery. I recovered far better than at least half the women I know that had vaginal births, two that were completely natural births too.
Also the reason most recoveries are not easy and my first one was like going to depths of hell, is that I was in no way emotionally or mentally prepared at all. I was so adamanet that a surgical birth wouldnt happen to me, I was so opposed to it and wanted no part of it that when I was aware of what was befalling me I was devastated. Also I had not bothered to educate myself about any recovery aspects of a surgical birth. None. However I was completely aware of all the horrifying things about csections because I had read the American Way of Birth and Silent Knife and a few others.