Originally Posted by matty02
I took no offense. I am new to this site and was honestly just wondering if there was anyone on this site or in the July thread that was going through a planned c-section. I know I can find other women having c/s on a mainstream board but I want the perspective of women who want a natural birth but can't for some reason.
Thanks for all the responses. I didn't know I had all these options with a planned c/s. I love that we can support each other in all kinds of births. Now I have more to discuss with my doctor. Thank you for giving some of the power back to me!
I hope other women know that I would choose VBAC if I could!
I'm sure no one doubts that! And I hope I didn't come across as saying that you should... I just have had a lot of experience with this area in my doula work and wanted to make sure you know your options. I really love the Family-Centered Cesarean article on ICAN, and I actually have all of my clients read it, even those planning a natural birth. There is another one I also give to my clients, especially those having a VBAC or planning a c-section, which is actually a sample birth plan for a family-centered cesearean, written by the president of ICAN: http://prepforbirth.com/2010/10/16/family-centered-cesarean-plan/ Both of these would be great to read and even print off to discuss with your doctor.
When I asked if they would let you go into labor before, it wasn't to say that you should labor and have a VBAC, it was actually for you to ask whether they'd let your body go into labor and *then* do your c-section, rather than just scheduling it and not letting your baby experience any labor at all... This way your baby is signaling to your body that it's ready to be born, instead of being taken out before it's time. Babies who are allowed to experience labor before being born by cesarean tend to do better afterward.
If this was something they might be willing to do, then you wouldn't want to schedule a cesarean until at least 41 weeks, to give your body ample time to go into labor. Some doctors are willing to do this, recognizing the benefits of labor for babies, but others enjoy c-sections for their predictability (and their occurrence during the day, rather than the middle of the night) and won't even consider it.