“Elective” Cesarean – If you had one…..

There is much in the news and in community talk how women are signing up for cesareans electively. I am very intrigued by this assumption and believe there is much misinformation regarding the topic out in the public for consumption. I am seeking to shed some more light on this topic.

Though this is not a scientific survey, I believe your experiences can help others in understanding why women are making this choice, as well as, potentially aiding other women in informed decision making.

If you have had or are planning an “elective” cesarean, I appreciate you answering this informal survey.  Answers can be submitted via confidential email to desirre@prepforbirth.com. By responding you are agreeing to allow me to use the information anonymously in a future blog, writing or other educational medium.

  1. Was your “elective cesarean for a medical reason?  If so, what?
  2. Was your “elective” cesarean for a non-medical reason?  If so, what?
  3. How were you given informed consent?
  4. What information were you given in the cesarean consent for benefits, risks, consequences, and alternative for you and your baby?
  5. Were any words such as: Easier, safer, painless, no big deal, not risky, saves vagina or less pain used to describe potential experience?
  6. Were you told your cesarean was necessary and found out later it was coded as elective?
  7. Did you ever feel pressured or led by care provider to choose cesarean?
  8. After your cesarean, did you feel you were consented fully enough prior to the surgery?
  9. Did the cesarean “do” or live up to what you were told for you and your baby?  How so?  How not?
  10. Would you make the same choice again or would you “go for” a VBAC?
  11. What country do you reside?

Thank you very much for answering these questions. I am so grateful for input on this subject.

If you would like any information shared and attributed to you as a quote,  please indicate in your email to me.  As stated above, otherwise your identity will be kept completely anonymous and confidential.

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2 Responses to ““Elective” Cesarean – If you had one…..”

  1. Sharon Von Vett says:

    Was your “elective cesarean for a medical reason? Yes and no. My first two pregnancies ended with emergency c-sections after laboring for 12-24 hours. Both of my children we’re checked by ultrasound when I checked in and they were in the correct position for labor, but during labor they flipped and presented sunnyside up, causing severe back pain for me and an inability for them to continue on their journey through the birth canal. After our second child’s birth we were unfortunate enough to experience 3 losses. When we did get pregnant with our miracle baby, we walked on eggshells for nine months praying that all would go well with this pregnancy. When the time came for delivery, my doc was concerned with me going into labor on my own. We found after the birth of my son that when you utereus healed from my first pregnancy it was very thin. It was as if there was a window of thin uterine skin that you could look through to see the baby. Our concern was if the new incision also healed this thin there was a high risk of rupture with a future VBAC. I was willing to do anything to ensure that this pregnancy ended with a healthy baby so the decision was made for an elective c-section. This may not be the choice others would make, but I felt relieved by my decision. Our youngest daughter was born healthy in a calm environment, becuase unlike my two previous emergency c-sections there were no problems!

    How were you given informed consent? We discussed all of the pros and cons of scheduled c-section with our dr. and then made the decision that made to most sense to us.

    What information were you given in the cesarean consent for benefits, risks, consequences, and alternative for you and your baby? We knew that there were risks involved with the c-section, but we also knew that there was risk of rupture if I insisted on a VBAC. After one failed VBAC I just wanted to be able to not feel ill and totally drained after my child was born, which is how I felt with my first two.

    Were any words such as: Easier, safer, painless, no big deal, not risky, saves vagina or less pain used to describe potential experience? Not that I can remember, but I know that after the c-section was over I commented on how much easeir this birth was compared to my first two and I loved the fact that I was in good spirits and feeling well.

    Were you told your cesarean was necessary and found out later it was coded as elective? No

    Did you ever feel pressured or led by care provider to choose cesarean? No my dr. said the decision was totally up to us and she would support whatever decision we made.

    After your cesarean, did you feel you were consented fully enough prior to the surgery? Yes.

    Did the cesarean “do” or live up to what you were told for you and your baby? How so? How not? Since I had two previous c-sections I knew what to expect. The nice thing about this being an elective versus emergency c-section is that I was up and moving a lot quicker and I was not dead tired for the first 3 days.

    Would you make the same choice again or would you “go for” a VBAC? I think I made the best decision for our situation.

    What country do you reside? USA

  2. Ruthie says:

    this is anecdotal, but just this morning I was at a play area and chatting w/ another mom. I mentioned I had had a cesarean w/ my first and vbac’s w/ my 2nd and 3rd. She said she had an elective cesarean w/ her first.
    I’m always stunned by this as well and asked her why.

    She indicated she had had abdominal surgery once before and knew what it was like. She wanted pain she was familiar w/ rather than unknown pain.

    Moms are so fearful of labor pain that some will choose surgery over it. Go figure.