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Elective C-Section in NZ do these exist?? Rss

My midwife said I would be eligible for an elective c-section, as I have a valid medical reason, but I don't want one. So, they must be. She offered via the public system.
Im so so glad i found this thread. Im 15 weeks pregnant and have been worried about a natural birth (and i mean WORRIED boarderding on freaking out completely) watch 5 of my close friends have hidious births 3 ended up been delivered via c-section and 1 other swears she want ever have anymore kids. Amoung that i also feel the same about been poked and prodded and the lasting effects it will have on that area of my body. An aunty had a C-Section her last birth and wishes she had elected for all 3. I was told I couldn't have and elective c-section because we don't do it here. I live in Auckland, still don't have a midwife (then by the sounds, may not be able to anyway) so was actually on here looking for recommendations for midwives. If anyone has anymore info that can steer me in the right direction for organising/getting help etc with elective Caeserean birth, i'd be more the grateful and really appriciate any help.

Thanks alot
Ladies,

I'm quite aware that you can elect to have a C-section for any reason at all.

However, I have to ask the question... why?

I've had two vaginal births and my last was emergency C, now I HAVE to have one this time (because of my age and closeness to last birth).

If I had the choice there would be no way I would be electing to have another.

Have a look at some of the sites showing the scars from C sections as these can sometimes be more horrific (if you're not aware of what to expect) and the recovery time is a lot longer.

Make sure you have support available for at least 4 weeks afterwards - especially if you already have young children.

Thanks for reading and yes this is just my opinion.

Hope all goes well with your choice smile
Rach

Ladies,

I'm quite aware that you can elect to have a C-section for any reason at all.

However, I have to ask the question... why?

I've had two vaginal births and my last was emergency C, now I HAVE to have one this time (because of my age and closeness to last birth).

If I had the choice there would be no way I would be electing to have another.

Have a look at some of the sites showing the scars from C sections as these can sometimes be more horrific (if you're not aware of what to expect) and the recovery time is a lot longer.

Make sure you have support available for at least 4 weeks afterwards - especially if you already have young children.

Thanks for reading and yes this is just my opinion.

Hope all goes well with your choice smile
Rach


Rach,

I usually breathe deeply and try and forget about posts questioning a woman's desire for a c section. But I just had to reply.
Can you see the reasons on some of these posts? I think the desire to avoid vaginal birth and all the risks that go along with it is enough of a reason. Yes, there are risks with c sections but it is up to the individual involved to weigh up those risks depending on what is important to them.
Also, a planned/ elective c section (esp when the mother and baby have no issues) is very safe and calm and is very different to an emergency c section, so is the recovery.
One really cannot go comparing an elective with an emergency c section or lumping these into one category to compare to vaginal birth. Please do no more questioning a woman's reasons on a forum where people are obviously supporting each others decisions and helping each other have the birth they believe is best for them and their baby, it really upsets me.
But yes I agree support and help after birth is a must.

Thanks you for your well wishes to all though and I hope you can understand.
i had my baby boy 5 yrs ago by elective c-section with a good specialist and the pain/recover wasn't bad at all for me ! a friend of mine is going to have her baby very soon and she found herself a specialist in North shore and paid the specialist fee as he was her LMC throughout her pregnancy. What puzzled me was that she told me her LMC won't give her elective c-section and TOLD her that women aren't allowed to choose elective c-section in NZ if everything is normal !! i told her that is not possible..but she was very sure that's what he told her, and since her age, health , medical history are all normal, she won't be able to have elective c-section and is now waiting nervously for the her baby's birth angry
i told her i have rang up two other private specialists in the Auckland area(Epsom, Mt Eden) and they all say elective c-section can be arranged if that's what the mother preferred. am i missing something here? are birthing policies different in North Shore area?
just replying to the above post, old i know, but in tht case tell her to GET A NEW MIDWIFE its her birth and does not need a dictator telling her how her birth is going to go, thats just not fair

my suggestion is that if its your first birth, just try for a normal delivery, if things go too slow or you start freakng out then you can always push for a c-section

but if its too much to bare and you cant even face the idea of a natural birth see your GP as sometimes its just better to get the c-section than spend your whole pregnancy stressing out, its not healthy for the baby

if its not your first c-section and your in nz you are fully entitled to another, just find a nice understanding midwife whos init for your birth experience not her experience during your birth!
hi i had a c section with my 1st boy, i had a long labour, and nothing much was happing, i ended up dil to 10cm but by then he was destressed, no wonder he was 10pound 2oz!!!!!!! and im only a small girl! i just wish they new he was going to be sooo big.... so now im 13 weeks preg and thinking do i have an elecitive c section?? i mean they say babys only get bigger!! ekkkkk i dont want a 12 pounder! sad

hi i had a c section with my 1st boy, i had a long labour, and nothing much was happing, i ended up dil to 10cm but by then he was destressed, no wonder he was 10pound 2oz!!!!!!! and im only a small girl! i just wish they new he was going to be sooo big.... so now im 13 weeks preg and thinking do i have an elecitive c section?? i mean they say babys only get bigger!! ekkkkk i dont want a 12 pounder! sad


do whatever feels right for you! i had a big 1st bub too, being a small woman, never again will i attempt a natural birth! why when you can book it in and have it over and done with without a labour???

unless your really really wanting to go thru the pain again, the whole point of pregnancy is having a happy healthy baby, not the birthing pains
I had an emergency c-section with my 1st, elective c-section with my 2nd, he was breech until about the week before hand, didn't have to pay for it or go private, I am now on my 3rd pregnancy only 6 weeks long and again I will be having another c-section, I too am a small person, my 1st was 8lb 5oz second was 7lb 12oz, I too heard that they do get bigger as the more you have, but I don't believe it. I always don't believe the scan estimate birth weigh of the baby, until the baby is born as they told me my second was going to be over 9lbs and they were way off.
I do believe that for your 1st you should try to go natural cos if anything goes wrong they do have plan B,
but it is up to you and what you think is right for baby as well
I had my first daughter on 11/11/11 via emergancy C section after a horrid 30 hours and a distressed bub, I am now pregnant with number 2 a little closer than expected but oh well I had my specialist appointment yesterday and have been told that I have a 7 in 10 chance of needing another C section but that the choice is mine so it is booked and the doctor got a bit of a giggle out of it he decided it was unfair for one to have a special birthday so 12/12/12 it is. I would have liked to try for a natural birth but am taking the advice of the professionals. I think that it is personal preference and you need to do whatever is best for you and your child.
interesting, as I was given an elective section after asking my midwife to refer me to an obstetrician through the public health system who decided that due to my anxiety over vaginal birth being so severe that I was enttiteld to an elective section at 39 weeks but I was given an EMCS at 37 weeks due to pre eclampsia being severe but yeah I think if you push for it and ask around and use your rights as you have them to speak with an obstetrician then you should be allowed one



Hi all,
I'm so glad I found this forum!
I would love to know if anyone recently has any updates on whether or not you are able to 'elect' yourself you have a c-section (and not have any medical issues)?

I have 2 children. My first child was an emergency c-section (failure to progress). It was terrifying, especially being my first child! After 10 hours of labour and no pain relief other than the gas, I was finally rolled into the surgery suite and I had a spinal done... The pain was gone almost immediately, and it was so nice to just rest! Baby was safe and happy but my experience left me scarred..After I had him it took me about 4 weeks to become fully back to my normal busy self (yes, I know 6 weeks is recommended).. So I vowed to try and have a VBAC with my second child..

Well, I did just that! I had a VBAC with my second... And my god... Was it painfull!!
Baby came out with his hand covering his ear so I tore very bad and I was in a lot of pain afterwards. I waited 5 hours to have a repair done (the tear was so bad, that the surgeon said I would have to go down to the surgery suite and have a spinal as the repair was going to take a while, 2 hours to be exact!!)
For the first week, I couldn't walk at all!! I was scarred to pee or do number 2's.. I could barely even stand for very long..
Having 2 kids by this time.. I was VERY lucky my sister-in-law was on school holidays and was able to help me out.
All in all it took me about 3 weeks all up to fully recover.
Faster than my c-sect recovery... But for me... ALOT more painfull too.

My partner and I have always wanted to have a lot of children (5 or 6) and to have them close in age. My youngest is coming up to 1 and we are ready to try for our 3rd child... HOWEVER... there's no way I am having another natural birth!!

For me, a c-sect is now my first choice... After experiencing both birthing options I feel I am equipped with knowledge of both.. And a c-sect is what I want!

Now, I have been looking on a few sites to see what 'legally' my rights are and I am still confused.

I have read that you can pay up to $3500 for an obstetrician or see a free obstetrician at the hospital?? What is the difference? And do I just go to the hospital and book an appointment to see one?

Even more confusing.. Some posts on this forum say you can get it.. Others say you can't (or have been told that) ...

Others say to DEMAND (which I will if I have to). But all posts are at least a year old so I'm just wanting to know if anything has changed and if it's more easier to ask for an elective caesarean now?

Thanks for reading my babble!
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