Of late I have had a lot of people give their input and question my decision to have an elective caesarean for my second birth. Constantly people ‘remind’ me that I can still have a natural birth even after having a c-section previously. And some even go as far to suggest that electing to have the baby via caesarean is an easy way out and even made disparaging comment about being “too posh to push” – insert blank stare of disbelief.
Having a caesarean section certainly was not my plan going into my first pregnancy. Honestly, I didn’t really have a plan because I knew that at the end of the day anything could happen, and it’s lucky I didn’t because I most certainly didn’t have a textbook birth experience.
During the nine months of my pregnancy I didn’t have a set idea of how I wanted it to go. I was not opposed to pain relief or interventions and I didn’t even attend the pre-natal classes because I figured the more open minded I was the less disappointed I would be should it not go how I expected. Well thank fuck for that because I don’t think anything could have prepared me for what was about to happen. At 40 weeks, I was induced into labour after suffering in my last few weeks with PUPPS (a severe skin rash). I went in on a Friday afternoon and was given three applications of gel over two days to bring on labour. By Sunday morning I had hardly had any contractions, more just some tightening of the uterus but in no way hard or painful. It was at this time the obstetrician decided to administer the drip to encourage my body into labour. From my understanding the synthetic oxytocin drip they give you will bring on contractions and labour rather quickly and not long after your body will take over and within a few hours – hey presto, BABY! Ahh no, almost 12 hours later and no baby, just hours and hours of Candy Crush and only four freaking centimetres dilated.