Though drastically different from my daughter’s birth, my son’s birth was equally one of the best days of my life.
Unlike my first birthing experience, everything about Ethan’s birth was planned and went according to plan. Because of my long labor with my daughter, my choice to have another C-section was an easy one, and I was able to plan almost everything about his birth beforehand.
I researched my physicians thoroughly, and really trusted the physician I chose. He was a very competent surgeon specializing in OB surgical care with excellent bedside manner. I really appreciated his positive outlook on everything while being pregnant and giving birth during the Covid-19 pandemic. His sense of humor, confidence, and thorough knowledge of everything related to the birthing process, and having a repeat C-section, really helped put my husband and I at ease during the entire process of having another baby.
Though I have only positive memories of my first C-section, I was pleasantly surprised how much easier my second C-section and recovery was in comparison. Some aspects that contributed to having an overall easier experience included being able to sleep in my own bed the night before the C-section so I was well-rested for the birth, and choosing a physician I trusted that was going to be performing the C-section. I was able to leave the hospital after a two-night stay compared to five nights, and I also needed less than half the amount of pain medication during home recovery after hospital discharge compared to my first birth. The was most likely due to not being in labor beforehand, being more well-rested before the birth, and not having any residual cervical pain from an induction (as I did during my first birth).
Though C-sections are major surgery and are often not someone’s first choice when giving birth, based on my own experience having had two of them, I know it is possible to have positive C-section experiences. If you need a C-section, or choose to have a C-section, it is important to look at the potential benefits you can experience, as well as maintain a positive mindset. Discuss your options with your health-care provider, and prepare and plan for the birth that you feel is safest and healthiest for you. Some women, such as myself, choose to have a C-section because the benefits outweigh the risks during birth.