Hi. I had to have an emergency section as my little boy was facing sideways and didn't want to come out. I was pushing for an hour but he was too stubborn! During my pregnancy, the birth didn't worry me at all, except the thought of having to have a section, so when they told me it was necessary I was hysterically upset and basically terrified! However, the experience was much better than i'd expected, and my baby arrived with us both safe and sound.
I get so annoyed when i see stories like this, as the majority of sections are not the first choice of mothers, and it is very upsetting. There was a programme on the telly a while ago where a woman said she thinks babies born by c-section don't bond with their mothers as well, her reasoning being that SHE was a section baby and didn't have a great relationship with her mother! I was soooo angry. I have a fab bond with my boy, he is doing really well. He was fully breastfed until just before 6 months, and is between the 25th and 50th percentile for his weight, and he's so active i'm sure he won't be obese by the time he's 3! I myself am not overweight, and he eats healthier than me!
Hope your wife can ignore these stories and not worry too much!
totally agree the link is due to maternal obesity, not caesarean birth! also caesareans have greater blood loss, which can sometimes result in delayed lactation - which i suppose might mean a slightly higher chance of a bottle fed baby, which carries a slightly increased risk that the baby could become obese. a very loose link though i would have thought!
my sister is expecting her 1st baby - she is insisting on a caesarean despite having no medical need for one, she is horrified by natural birth (despite refusing to listen to many of the facts) and sees one advantage as being able to pick the day!! I guess people like her perpetuate the too posh to push myth...most women would love to avoid caesarean, but it is a wonderful life saving procedure where necessary. total rubbish too that women who have surgical births dont bond with their babies as well! doesnt sound like its based on much evidence kazzie, other than the authors own rubbish relationship with her mum! x
Is your sister going to get her way, as I read doctors can still refuse to do a section if there's no real reason. I'm hoping I'll be allowed to try for a natural birth for the next one, though i think hubby would prefer me to have another section as i pretty much zoned out for most of my labour which i think concerned him a bit!