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Having had a caesarean let me tell you they are no walk in the park. You are not supposed to drive for 6 weeks after it. You can not lift anything heavier than your baby for 6 weeks, which means you cant lift the washing basket or go grocery shopping. My pram was heavier than my child and it physically hurt to lift it in and out of the car. I had to wash my baby in the kitchen sink as I couldnt bend over the bath or lift the baby bath. Lets face it you have had every major muscle in your stomach cut!! Then they go into the baby in a "Z" direction from there and use forceps to pull your baby out. There is a risk that your baby will be cut or you can haemorrhage. I had to sign a discharge stating I am aware that I could die during the operation. Medical professionals label my sons birth as a dramatic birth. I dont remember after the baby was born as I was so drugged out of it and kept sleeping or vomiting. The nurses gave my child his first bath and my husband was shown how to put a nappy on and how to wrap baby in a bunny rug which he had to show me the next day once I was allowed to get out of bed. I slept that night in the same gown I was wearing in the theatre complete with blood and yuk from my baby as I wasnt able to get out of bed until the next afternoon to have a shower. You also have to wear support stockings as you are not very mobile and you have an increased chance of DVT.
That is a very basic discription of a caesarean which doesnt even cover the 100's of complications so if you still think that having a caesarean would be much better, than you are a stronger women then I am. Also you just have to look at the web site to see how often a NZ women replies as to a OZ women and that may explain why you mainly read about OZ in this post. Next time you get a chance go to the left hand side of this page and click on advance search and type in 3rd Degree Tear, that may open your mind up to just how "easy" some women get it over here.
If you are still concerned about your treatment you received during your labour perhaps you could bring this up to your Doctor or Health Nurse and see if you have a case to lodge a formal complaint.
I just read your post, its seems you may have misread my post as I in no way was insinuating that having a ceasaerian would be easier, I am fully aware how horrifying they are and am so over the moon that I was able to have a semi-natural birth. I was just curious as to what the procedure was and thought if Id stayed in OZ maybe I would of ended up having a c-sect because of the difficulties I had during my labour. Some of the posts I have read have lead me to believe that they would give you an epidural if you basically ask for one if youve been in labour for a certain amount of hours. Thank you for sharing your story and Im sorry if you thought I was un happy with giving birth naturally, on the contrary! thanks again
mum of 3 boys aged 11, 13 and 14
On the epidural thing.... my first labor it was suggested to me as i could not stop pushing from about 7-8cm. I delivered a healthy baby girl soon later, painfree.
Second time around, i arrived at hospital and was asked by the midwife if i had any kind of birth plan. My only response at the time was i want an epidural, she examined me and said i was already 8cm, but she would try for me. 40mins later, the epi was given to me, and i was given a break from the last 15hrs of pain. An hour and a half later i gave birth, far from pain free this time, it just started to where off as i started pushing.
This is not to say that epidurals don't have a lot of negatives attachments to them, but they provided me the relief i needed, when i needed it.
Best of luck,
DD5, DS3, DS lost to SIDS at 6mths & DD6m
I live in Tassie and they seam to hand epidurals out like lolly pops down here maybe it is just the hospital procedure. I was refused gas and pethedine when i was in labour with my first and was told to have an epidural. Which ended in a emergency cesear so i ended up having a spinal block as well. With my third son i recieved much the same walked in the door asked for pethidene was told no but i could have an epidural which ended in another emergency cesear. 80% of births around here i would say are with epidurals it is very common. It just goes to show how different hospitals have different views on pain relief.
Stacey, Tas, 4 boys
Narelle, Eilish 5th june 2002 TTC since dec 2002
Narelle, Eilish 5th june 2002 TTC since dec 2002
Shian 10, Ashton 2, Janna 8mths.
With my third child they were getting me ready for a emergency cesear and i had a student doing the epidural and some thing went wrong and something crossed to the placenta when it sould'nt have and my son was born with breathing problems. They did'nt work out why untill they tested everything and found the drugs they gave me for the epidural in the placenta. This was all i had i had'nt had pethidine or gas and i don't take any other drugs so they put it down to the epidural crossing the placenta which i was always told did'nt happen.
but i think when your in pain you just want it gone and you are'nt really in the frame of mind to think of the things that can go wrong especially when you move.
Stacey, Tas, 4 boys
With my first child, I simply had him with gas. he was premature and very tiny though, and the Labour was almost pain free, it only hurt for about a minute, which was all it took to push him out. He was tiny though, and passed away not long after he was born.
With my second child, I went through TWO sets of labour. The first time was after an operation I had to have due to the complications that had caused my son to be born premmie. I went into labour the first time at 35 weeks, and because I already had the Epdural catheter in my back from the operation they allowed me to use it, but they DID make me wait three hours before I was allowed any medication through it from the onset of labour.
The second time i went into labour with her was her induction at 38 weeks, and they let me have an epidraul after five hours. Both times it saved me a lot of pain, as I was in labour for 15 hours and then second time around 18 hours before I had to have an emergency c-sect due to problems.
Apparently it is a lot better if you wait until after you are 5cms dilated before having an Epidrual. I know here they refused me Pethadine because research has shwon that it weakens the baby's desire to breathe when they are born, and can cause complications to the baby requiring Nursery care, so they don't give it in the Hospital iwas in unless it's totally necessary for some reason.
I'd say that usually they tend to give Epidurals to women who have complications or are in a lot of pain from early on, as an Epidural removes all pain sensations, and allows the mother to sleep through a long labour and remain in good spirits and well rested, not totally exhausted. The onyl downside is that when they know you are close to needing to push they may refuse a top up, as they usually want you to get your sensations back for pushing, otherwise you need to have an assisted delivery more likely than not.
Like with anything, there are pros and cons to both sides! I wanted a natural birth for my little girl, but after five hours and only 2cms dilation, but a LOT of pain, it was the best way to go, and ended up allowing me to be awak for my daughter's c-section birth anyway.. smile
Wow.. I talk a lot! Teeheehee.. Hope that helps.. smile
Mum to Belle 10.10.03 & Max (Born & Died) 24.07.02