Pregnancy is the time of hope and anxiety. Every expecting mother is elated at the thought of nurturing a new life within her. I remember both the times when I was pregnant; it was a time of great joy and nervousness.

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Will I be able to go through the pregnancy without complications?

Will my baby be healthy?

What can I do to ensure that I take the best decisions for my baby?

As parents, all these questions and much more worry us.  One of the most crucial decisions is choosing your healthcare provider. For this process, one needs to seek references, check with friends and also look at the experience and facilities of the birthing place that you zero in on. For this it is imperative that you trust and share a good rapport with your gynaecologist.

At the same time, it is essential not to over stress. As much as we all prefer and work towards natural births, sometimes C section deliveries are mandated due to health concerns. And believe me, it does not work adversely for the mother and the child. Both my children despite my best intentions and wishes were born by C section.

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I still remember clearly when for my first pregnancy I went into labour in my 38th week. My water broke early morning, and I went to the hospital. It was a weekend, and there were very few doctors and nurses around. I had still not gone into active labour, and hence the nurses started medication to spur the labour. Then began putting into action all that the husband and I had learnt at the Lamaze classes. They asked me to deep breathe during the pain and calm my mind. There were times when the pain was unbearable, and I could not keep calm. I wished for a natural birth, and my doctor and other medical professionals tried their best to achieve the same.  But after 12 hours of pain, exhaustion and the labour not progressing as it was supposed to, a C section delivery was advised by my doctor. My baby was apparently in some distress too by then. As I trusted my doctor and believed that it was the best for both my baby and me, I went ahead with her decision, and I delivered a healthy baby boy in under an hour.

Often, like in my case pregnancies and deliveries don’t go as planned. What is most important is to understand that the safety of the baby and the mother is of paramount importance. Often during pregnancies, many doctors recommend Cesarean delivery. My experience says that we must trust the doctor and ask all the questions that we have in our mind. If regular delivery is what we desire, then it is best to let the doctor know and also understand their reason for asking you to deliver by C section. Taking a second opinion is also advisable.

There are a few emergencies that can lead to a caesarean section. However, expecting women should be aware of situations where a c section delivery is not required.

I remember a pregnant friend of mine was deeply troubled when she found out that her baby had a cord around the  neck during her 34th week. Due to the diligent care of her doctor, she delivered normally.

So, choosing your healthcare provider and gynaecologist wisely ensures that you have a trouble-free pregnancy. Sitaram Bhartia Institute of Science & Research endeavours to make pregnancy and child birth as a normal physiological event. They encourage women to deliver normally with top-notch care and health providers. They also have antenatal classes to educate expecting mothers and their families about pregnancy and child birth. With this holistic philosophy, they have achieved the lowest Caesarean rates among Delhi’s private hospitals.

Disclaimer: This post is done in collaboration with Sitaram Bhartia. All views expressed are my personal opinion and experiences and are honest.

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10 Thoughts on “C Section Delivery and My Experiences

  1. My second was an emergency C section. Very true that trust with the doctor is very important. Happy New Year.
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  2. I had a normal delivery but I have heard how tough it is for those who have to go through C – section. At the end of the day, it’s always better to go to a hospital which is good, consult a gynaecologist/ obstetrician who knows what he or she is doing so that we can put our full faith in them. Any kind of delivery is tough and risky and that’s why to have the proper people medical team in place is a must.
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  3. So agree that the doctor is an important part of the childbirth process and finding the right one is so crucial! I had a normal delivery but I had been told that if required I should be ready for a c-section since I had gestational diabetes.

    If done under the right conditions and for the right reasons, a c-section is fine. As long as the doctors aren’t recommending it for the money that will come into their pockets, it’s perfectly advisable.
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  4. One should always trust the doctor when it comes to this. But I’ve heard of tales where the doctors impose C-Section deliveries on expecting mothers to extort more money from them. I’m not sure how true this is.

    Doctors too must understand the state of mind of the mother and help them make the right decision.
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  5. This post took me back to the time I had my delivery. I had a C section too. It had to be done because my son had the cord around his chest. However, I do not regret being unable to take the natural route of giving birth.
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  6. So important to choose the right doctor who you can trust completely.
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  7. Thanks for sharing your story. Childbirth is a stressful time and getting our concerns resolved with our doctors is super important.

  8. This post took me down the memory lane. It has been 6 and a half years since that fateful day but now it feels like was it in a previous lifetime? Mine was an elective C-section since even after 40 weeks, D showed no signs of leaving the safer inner confine and I did not want to go for induced labour pains. Getting a C-section done was easy, unlike the horrors I was fed with by the people around me. At the end of the day, D and I were both fine and that mattered the most.
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  9. Yes, it is so important to choose a proper health care provider and a trustable doctor. To be labor for that long… Sounds very painful.😱 But happy that everything was alright in the end.
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  10. Rachna, I had an identical situation, except my water broke in the evening and we rushed to hospital. They started inducing labor as I was not yet ready and then, almost 16 hours later, decided it might be fatal to wait and decided on an emergency C section. I remember how tense we were, and that didn’t help one bit, but who can control emotions at such a time, eh? Best thing we did was to just trust our doctor–and that turned out to be the best thing. Today, when I look at my son, you can imagine how that feels!

    Hugs!
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