I will have to have a planned/ elective section. I have thought long and hard about this and it was a very difficult decision to make as my first birth was natural and wonderful. It lasted two days which suited me just fine as the slow approach made it all bearable. The hospital I gave birth in had a holistic approach and was brand new. There was a birthing pool, a labour gym, privacy, my husband was allowed to stay with me for the three nights after the birth. There were family beds for co-sleeping, a brilliant lactation consultant, aromatherapy, herbal teas, doulas... It was a wonderful experience that I will cherish forever.
But the birth also had serious impact on my already weak bladder and pelvic floor, it took three years of daily physio and medication to get some semblance of continence back and I have been told that I can never give birth naturally again unless I want to be in nappies for the rest of my life. So, of course I changed my urologist to get a second opinion on that. Did urodynamics in the hospital. Had all testing done available Got a third opinion in the UK where we live now. They all have the same opinion, so I am respecting that and had to come to terms with having to have en elective section.
No judgement, please, I KNOW natural birth is best, I KNOW the recovery is faster, I KNOW it is better for baby. Baby is due on Hogmanay, but C-section might be as early as 38 weeks due to it being Christmas...
My question now is... is the elective section recovery easier than emergency section? If it is done on the 18th or 20th of December (will get my booking date next week) will I be able to do anything at Christmas or will I be in bed?
Does anyone have a good section birth story that made it a positive experience?