They Say That C-Section Is A Cop-Out. Young Mom Supports All Who Have Been Judged So Unjustly

Date July 19, 2019

Men and women should know that young mothers don't always make the decision to give birth via C-section because they want to: in order to do this, you need to have certain medical grounds and this is a risk-bearing choice.

When are mothers advised to get a C-section?

1. Labor isn't progressing. When the cervix isn't opening enough despite strong contractions, there's a risk that the baby may suffocate.

2. Baby's heartbeat. If the doctor is concerned about the baby's state or if there's a threat to its health, then the birthing mother may be prescribed C-section.

3. Position of the fetus. C-section might be prescribed in case the baby's feet or buttocks enter the birth canal first (breech) or the baby is positioned side or shoulder first (transverse).

4. Presentation of the placenta and umbilical cord. If the umbilical cord and placenta positioned right in the baby's way to the opening of the cervix, it may cause suffocation or injury.

5. Umbilical cord prolapse.

6. The mother's health raises concern. Possible heart and kidney diseases, as well as some infectious diseases in the mother.

7. Abnormal development of the fetus.

8. Mechanical obstruction. For instance, in the case of myoma or severely displaced pelvic fracture, scarring on the uterus after previous C-sections with the risk of opening, or contracted pelvis in a mother with a heavy fetus, it may lead to injuries including hydrocephalus (water in the brain).

In some cases, expectant mothers request C-section themselves, especially if it's their first time giving birth or the future mother is concerned about the safety of the procedure. The surgical measure may cause an infection of the lining of the uterus (endometritis) in the mother and numerous C-sections has a risk of causing the breakage of the placenta and severe hemorrhage during the following birth, which may result in uterus removal (hysterectomy).

What are the dangers of a C-section for the baby?

1. Breathing difficulty. Babies born by a scheduled C-section may develop tachypnea, a breathing problem marked by abnormally fast breathing during the first few days after birth.

2. Baby gut flora imbalance, as during a C-section the baby doesn't go through the birth canal and doesn't receive the mother's flora.

3. Reactions to anesthesia. After the surgery, side effects may occur regardless of the anesthetic used.

Not all mothers are mentally prepared to go through the C-section, considering that their body "failed them." One of the women who had experienced this spoke out on Facebook and her words are worth reading.

Instead of changing diapers and looking after baby, the first few days after birth you practice walking the hallways with a nurse holding your hand and dragging a pole with your catheter and urine dragging close behind.

But do you know what?

I don’t feel in the slightest bit sorry for us.

Because when I look at you C-Section Mama,

I see a scar that screams “love.”

I see a warrior who overcame so much in the name of love.

And isn’t that motherhood after all?

Overcoming challenge after challenge in the name of love?

Because who said love was easy?

Love is overcoming challenges in the name of love.

It’s priceless.

It’s strong.

It’s brave.

It’s sacrificing in the name of love.

It’s motherhood.

So fellow C-Section Mamas, don’t for a second doubt yourself.

You are brave.

In the first few seconds of your child’s life, you overcame so much in the name of love.

You are a warrior.

Own that beautiful scar.

Never let anyone underestimate the power of motherhood, as the most important for the baby is the love and care of his or her mother.

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