October 03, 2003

To C or Not to C?

We've been scheduled for an ultrasound today to measure Kate's overall size. The OB has indicated that if Kate is larger than 9 lbs, he would prefer to have a C-section to prevent unnecessary risk to Kate during delivery. Unlike some other women who choose a C-section outright, we would prefer not to have one if possible.
Posted by Ken at October 3, 2003 11:03 AM
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If my doctor did not make me have a c-section my son would've gotten caught and probably would've died. He was 9lbs 9oz at birth and had broad shoulders, he would've never of fit through the birth canal. My mother's doctor REFUSED to give her a c-section with my brother. My mother pushed for about 4 hours and then my brother's head got caught and would not budge so they had to give him an emergency c-section, when he came out, he was blue and not breathing. They had to revive him. He was also 10lbs 7oz and 2 weeks overdue. This was only 8 years ago and my mother was 36. Posted by: Alyson Wellens at October 3, 2003 08:39 PM
Alyson, your experience is exactly what the doctor mentioned to us and is why he recommended a c-section. Even though Kate's current estimate is around 9lbs, it's an estimate and there's always the possibility for her to be even bigger. Rather than try induction and end up in an emergency c-section, he would rather have the birth process be planned and proceed smoothly. Hearing your story certainly makes the thought of a c-section less scary! Posted by: Kate's Dad at October 4, 2003 10:06 PM
Having a c-section was the best birthing experience. It was cut and dry and our son was born. The recovery was a little difficcult, but with the help of some family and/or friends, it's easy. You'll do great. Remember it's not how you have your baby that matters. All that matters that your baby is happy and healthy. Good luck. Posted by: Alyson at October 5, 2003 01:41 PM
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