There has been a lot of discussion of elective non-emergency C-sections on this blog lately. My interest in the procedure was due to my sister's decision to give birth through a scheduled C-section. This personal decision on her part has led to many people approaching her (and me, as well) to tell us a whole bunch of scary stories about C-sections, which later on turned out to be nothing but myths.
So here are the myths and the reality of an elective C-section. Obviously I am not talking about cases with complications that can, of course, happen with any method of giving birth.
Myth 1: The recovery period is very long. Wrong! If everything goes well (and once again, things can go wrong with any method of giving birth), the recovery period is very short and involves no excruciating pain or loss of basic functions.
Myth 2: You will not be able to walk for weeks. Not true at all. My sister started walking several hours after the operation and had no trouble taking walks or doing anything she needed to do from the very beginning.
Myth 3: You will not be able to lift your baby. This is an egregious lie if there ever was one. My sister started lifting her baby from day one and continues doing so.
Myth 4: The pain is excruciating. The final stage of the operation is a little painful, but the painful part lasts only 10 minutes or so.
Myth 5: You are left with a disfiguring scar. Today, 8 days after the operation, the scar is almost invisible.
Myth 6: You will not be able to bond with your baby as effectively. Both my sister, who had the C-section, and her fiance, who obviously did not, have bonded with the baby extremely well. The nurses and doctors who did the psychological evaluation observed in their report that their bond as a family was extremely strong.
So if you are thinking about having an elective C-section and saving yourself the pain, the time, and the trauma to your genitals but are scared by the horrible stories people tell you about the procedure, I hope you might be reassured by this information. I was, of course, personally present in the hospital starting from two hours after the operation and can testify to the absolute veracity of everything said above.