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Can I opt for a elective c-section in the public health system?

I live in Perth Western Australia and my first child was born by non-elective c-section in July 07 in the public health system. Very traumatic birth following which the head of OBN told me that with regard to any future children she would strongly recommend a c-section.

Do you know, if I have another baby in the public health system, do I have to try again for a natural birth or can I opt for a elective c-section. I am uncertain which path i will take, but would like to know my options.

Sarah...
Answer: Hi, You will need to look at your records or get a medical professional that you trust to check your records to find out why you had the caesarean. If your pelvis is small or there is another reason that the baby would not come out vaginally then it is advisable to chose a caesarean otherwise you may have another poor experience. If there is no definite reason for the caesarean then you should try for a vaginal birth and go through a birth centre for a less interventionist approach to birth. Best wishes, Alex
Answered: 15 Jan 2009