Know Why You're Scheduled
You should know why the doctor or midwife scheduled you to have a C-section. This is because you have to be informed of the reason why. Sometimes, there might not even be a medical reason for you to go through something like this. If this is the case, you do not have to go through with the surgery if this is not something that is medically necessary for your or your baby. Understanding the purpose of the scheduled C-section should always be your top priority if you didn't want one scheduled. You should be able to make your own informed choice based on the facts that are given.
Realize Potential Dangers
As with anything, a lot of the dangers associated with C-sections can be sugarcoated by the professional staff. This is not fair to the woman that has to go through with it. You should get an actual answer and know all of the risks involved, as well as how high the chances are for something like this to happen. There are many facts that might go unsaid by the professional. Some of these facts include, but are not limited to:
- The maternal mortality is four to eight times higher than that of vaginal births.
- Pelvic injuries are twice as common to happen than with vaginal births.
- Infection of the uterus is twice as likely to happen, around one out of every four.
- There will be a large and permanent scar where the baby was taken out.
- Around two to six percent of babies born this way are accidentally cut during the surgery.
Consider Extra Costs
When it comes to cesareans, they cost thousands of dollars extra to have done. It could be anywhere around twice as much as a vaginal birth. If you have poor health insurance or no health insurance, this is money out of your pocket that you're paying for something that you might not even need. Recovery is longer, which means additional hospital bills and you have to think about the complications that might happen once you leave the hospital and you have to come back. All the little things can add up over time.
Take Action on Your Own
When it comes to needing a cesarean, you most likely will go with it due to complications that need to be addressed and this is something that should be done. However, if the procedure is unnecessary then there is no reason why you cannot stand up for yourself and tell the doctor no. You can always find a new one, even this late in the game. You need to feel secure and safe and the only one that can choose for you to be that is yourself. Give yourself a voice and be heard if this is something that you do not feel safe doing.