I plan to give birth vaginally, but after meeting my midwife on Tuesday, it's been recommended that I may want to consider an elective c-section. I'm not down with this, but I must admit that it has made me wonder if I should. The risks seem pretty big.
My midwife has concerns that I may end up with problems with my anal sphincter if I birth vaginally. Yeah, I know it's lovely to think about and I've been as polite as I could be without giving up too much info :)
When she initially told me the concerns and that apparently my issue isn't as common as I thought (actuallly quite rare...allegedly), I did entertain the concept of a C-section that evening. And then I kind of got annoyed. I realize that my health is as important as my baby's, but I hear a lot about how c-sections are often over 'prescribed', when they should be for those mothers and babes that are in a medical emergency. I do feel pretty comfortable in New Zealand's health care. It's not like the US where everyone is trying to win another malpractice suit. But the whole thing left me a bit stunned. The way I see it (and I really am no expert) is that whatever issue has presented itself has been caused by the pregnancy. If I've been 'damaged', the damage is done already. I don't see how a C-section will improve things. (But again, it doesn't mean I"m not still wondering which is the better course of action. This is my first pregnancy.)
Has anyone else been 'advised' or 'recommended' to choose a c-section? Have you decided to go with the medical advice?