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C-Section: A taboo or What?

January 31, 2013

There is a sad story of a lady who died during childbirth because her mother insisted she gave birth normally. Her reason was that she gave birth to her daughter (the one in labour) normally and not even her own mother or grandmother had an assisted child birth. Well, she got the grandchild she so desired but lost her daughter in the process.

I remember when my husband and I were told we were going to have our first baby via Cesarean Section because he was too big, I just shrugged my shoulders and said ok. Not an atom of fear crept up my little toe not to talk of spine-(I am glad to say my husband shared the same feeling). But as soon as I informed some very close relatives, you would have thought I was about to commit the most unspeakable abomination of all times (whatever that is). Their reaction made me cringe and I almost pictured the doctor who would operate on me as a heinous monster with a chain-saw. I even thought that having a baby through a C-section was unchristian-like and forbidden by God.

If had been given enough time to think about it, maybe I would not have told them, but I got the news a day before I was to have the baby so I thought it was ok to share it with them. Nevertheless, 12 hours was a very short time to get rid of all those negative imaginations and try as much as possible to ignore the opposing comments I received from my well-meaning loved ones; but I eventually did through prayers and faith in God.

I had my son through an epidural C-section the next morning without a bit of complication and of course, everyone rejoiced at the news of his arrival (including my doubtful folks).

My second child was born through the same method and need I say, nobody questioned why- even when I still told them I was having an operation. Their only prayer was that mother and child would come out healthy and fine- and we did 🙂

There are some women out there who are faced with the trauma of a 50-50 chance of survival if they have a VCB (vaginal childbirth) because of one health issue or the other; so they have to undergo the operation. There are some who after going through a C-Section for the first child end up making personal resolutions to have a VCBAC (Vaginal Child birth After Cesarean section) for other children to come.  When I hear some of them talk, I wonder if they encountered the devil during delivery of the first.

I learnt of a lady who after a previous C-Section, was advised by her healthcare provider to have her second still through the same method. She swore she would never. Sadly, during contraction, the suture form the previous operation ruptured. The doctors had to do an emergency C-section and tried everything in their power to save her life. Her baby died from distress but thank God she lived (but with a lesson). Childbirth is a delicate experience and should be handled with 100% care!

Please don’t get me wrong! There are many women out there who still give birth normally even after a previous C-Section; but my message here is this, if your healthcare provider says it’s the best option for you and your baby, please heed their advice. Yes prayer changes things, anything can happen on the operating table before the surgical knife is lifted. A midwife told me of a woman who was elected to have a C-Section.  As soon as she was laid on the table, her baby came out. That is an example of God in action.

Even then, a C-Section is not a taboo O!

Abi, dont  you think so?

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4 Comments

  • Reply Unyime-Ivy King February 13, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    There is absolutely nothing wrong with a c-section, if one wants one. The important thing is that, mother and child come out hale and hearty. I know some women who chose to have a c-section, not because anything is wrong, but because they fell it's easier and less stressful.

    Personally, I p-refer VCB and had 3 of my 4 kids that way with minimal stress. For my last baby, a c-section had to be ordered before the baby was full term because my doctors discovered that my body had become desensitized to the rhoghan injection I was taking before, and after childbirth due to my O negative rhesus factor issues. So, to save the baby's life, I had to undergo a c-section at about 32 or 33 weeks. I had the epidural, and the procedure was perfectly seamless and painless, but after the anesthesia wore off, the pain was terrible. It's not an experience I care to experience again, and thankfully, my childbearing years are over, but any woman that prefers the c-section, by all means, why not? It's a matter of choice.

  • Reply Anonymous June 21, 2013 at 11:50 pm

    I like this piece: If only we knew we cud hve opted for a Cs rite from start. My mother-in-law had done deliveries dat were VB so she tot n blived God dat mine wud b d same. Even afta seein all d signs of enclampsia we/she still hoped it wud be normal till complications started.
    When we now decided to do d CS it was too late. If we had set our minds on CS den I blive we wudnt have lost d baby…

  • Reply Iboro June 21, 2013 at 11:54 pm

    Thank you for sharing your experience here. I am so sorry u lost ur baby. I believe God will bless u with more babies and safer deliveries for them all.

  • Reply Iboro June 22, 2013 at 12:00 am

    Thank you for sharing your experience here. I am so sorry u lost ur baby. I believe God will bless u with more babies and safer deliveries for them all.

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