hey, I just discovered this thread.
I don't really feel the need for "support" since my C-birth was nothing but a positive experience for me, but I admit to feeling a bit tickled to find a place where I can talk about it openly. Not that anybody has ever made me feel bad about it here, but I just feel sometimes that I shouldn't be so happy about my scheduled C/S, kwim?
Anyways, I didn't research the C/S rates of my hospital b/c I knew all along I was having a scheduled C/S. My OB actually tried to convince me to try for a vaginal birth first, and that actually made me feel really good about using her. I would probably have wondered if she had just gone along with it without trying to convince me otherwise, lol.
So, I chose my hospital accordingly. I made sure that they had good policies in place for C-section mamas. They set up a mirror for me to see the birth, something that was so important to me, but then when I was in the operating room it didn't seem such a big deal, lol. As soon as she was out, DH cut her cord, and she was swaddled, they handed her to DH and he held her next to my face while they sewed me up. We were taken together to the recovery room where I was with her for 2 hours and encouraged to BF (not that I needed prodding, lol). She stayed in my room the whole time, and slept in my bed with me, too. I recovered really quickly and was walking around that evening.
With this one I have thought about waiting to go into labour first, but I have decided not to bother. I'm very sure about my conception dates for one thing, and also I think it just brings too many complications into the picture - what if I go fast? I would not want a hurried or emergency C/S! Scheduling sounds so awful, I know, but there are so many wonderful perks to it - like being able to arrange childcare for my toddler, etc. 'Course, there's always a possibility I'd go into labour before my scheduled date, but that's okay with me. I so respect women who attempt a VBAC - I simply don't want to venture into the unknown when my first birth was such a wonderful experience. Call me chicken but it's the truth!
So there, that's my story!