April: C-Section Awareness Month

April is c-section awareness month. Before I had my c-section in February I really didn’t know or give a thought about c-section awareness month.

What is it all about?

When we found out we were expecting last May, a c-section did not even enter the conversation. My mum gave birth naturally to four of us, my little sister also with my nephew, so I thought that I would be the same. So I really didn’t need to know about c-sections.
April: C-Section Awareness Month

Even when we were 12 days past our due date and went in to hospital to be induced, we didn’t think about having a c-section. It was only when labour never progressed all weekend and we got to late Monday Morning, when the word C-Section was mentioned by the doctors. At that point all I was concerned about was getting baby girl out safely. My husband and I were both tired and we just wanted her in my arms.

My husband had gone to get something to eat when the doctors came in with the c-section consent form. It was quite funny because I was high on gas and air when they were explaining it to me so I would have agreed to anything at that point. I do remember them saying something to me about blood loss and a hysterectomy but my brain wasn’t functioning correctly. Afterwards I realised that I actually had a quite serious operation, and a c-section is not the easy way out. It wasn’t in my birth plan and not what I wanted. I wrote about my Birth Story in  previous post.

The recovery is hard. I found it hard to walk without tearing open my stitches, found it hard to lift baby girl out of her crib in the middle of the night, and found it hard not being able to drive for 6 weeks….

That is not including the allergic reaction to the chemical wash I had all over my stomach, it was like a burn. Bags of frozen peas were my friends for a while!

So back to Cesarean Awareness Month, What is it all about? Well it aims to raise awareness of cesareans and educate people, all around the world. The campaign supports the need to reduce cesareans in women who do not need them and who will not benefit from a cesarean over a vaginal birth. The campaign also supports mothers who have a vaginal birth after a cesarean (VBAC).

The campaign also raises the the fact that there is a lack of awareness of the complications of a cesarean.

The risks include:

  • Increased risk of Infection
  • Blood clots
  • Intense longer lasting pain therefore more hospital visits
  • Higher blood loss therefore greater risk of having to have a hysterectomy
I wish I knew of these risks before I had my c-section. But at the end of the day my c-section was a category 4 emergency as baby girl was not going to come out any other way. So I had no choice in the matter. Mother’s who elect to have a c-section do.
 

 

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18 Comments

  1. May 5, 2016 / 8:49 pm

    I had a cat 2 c-section with my first boy, and it took me a very long time to recover, both physically and emotionally. Less than 2 years later I gave birth vaginally to my second boy, who was 10lb 5oz… I know which experience I'd rather repeat! My vaginal birth was such a more empowering experience, I felt more bonded to my baby, and I recovered so quickly. I totally agree that people don't seem to understand how major an operation a c-section is, and think it's an easy option. And I am totally in support of any drive to reduce c-section rates, because whilst it CAN be a life-saver, so often they result from a cascade of intervention and a lack of patience by doctors. (sorry, can you tell it's a pet topic of mine…?!) #puddinglove xx

  2. May 5, 2016 / 8:45 pm

    An interesting post – I hadn't quite realised some of the potential complications with a c-section. I always think that if I ever had another I would elect to have a section because I really didn't have a nice natural birth the first time round and felt no special bond from having given birth naturally. In fact, it screwed with my head for a while. Thanks for giving me a different perspective! #PuddingLove

  3. May 5, 2016 / 8:22 pm

    Very interesting post, I wasn't aware of c-section awareness month. I do think knowing more about the possible routes a birth might take is important. I hope you feel some peace with the route yours took and the way you can use the experience and information you know have to help other people #PuddingLove Lucy at occupation: (m)other

  4. May 5, 2016 / 5:19 pm

    I think people do need to be aware that it isn't simply a case of being "too posh to push." I have had a few child free friends who seemed to think that was basically what it was. Instead it's major surgery with a tough recovery and an increased risk of complications. #puddinglove

  5. May 5, 2016 / 11:33 am

    This is a great post and yes, people should be more informed and more aware of C sections. #PuddingLove

  6. May 5, 2016 / 9:10 am

    I'm sorry you didn't have the birth you were expecting. C-sections are a major surgery, but the important thing is that you get a healthy baby in the end! #PuddingLove

  7. May 4, 2016 / 8:56 pm

    I don't know much about c sections apart from it takes a while to heal (obviously it's a wound!) Sorry to hear you didn't get the birth you planned but glad to know your baby was delivered safely. #petitepuddding

  8. May 4, 2016 / 8:14 pm

    A really important issue to raise awareness of. It must of been very hard for you having such a traumatic experience of birth. I never realised that a c section could lead to hysterectomy. I thought they were pretty standard. #puddinglove

  9. May 4, 2016 / 8:11 pm

    Thank you for raising awareness on this. I have a few friends who had C sections and I have really felt for them as the recovery is really difficult, particularly when you are trying to look after a newborn baby. It's so hard if you can't easily pick them up or get into different positions for feeding etc. I'm sorry you didn't have the birth you wanted, it's hard when that happens. #puddinglove

  10. May 4, 2016 / 7:21 pm

    It's tough when things don't go to plan. I think it's lovely that you're trying to help raise awareness for c-sections too. I read another post on them recently, that was talking about elected c-sections and how there are various classes of 'elected'. How sometimes you don't have a choice but they still call it 'elected'.
    I never realised c-sections were quite so serious. Definitely worth raising awareness, I'm sure there are many more women that have no idea. xxx
    #PuddingLove

  11. May 4, 2016 / 7:21 pm

    I didn't know it was c-section awareness month. I had two emergency c-sections and my first one left me traumatised for a long time afterwards and I think affected bonding with my Oldest. These posts are so important to raise awareness. C-section is a major operation and everyone needs to be aware of that! #puddinglove

  12. May 4, 2016 / 6:41 pm

    I'm sorry that the birth wasn't what you'd hoped for – I had an elective as Emma was breech & as you say, they thoroughly run through the risks several times. I'm saddened that this isn't always the case as the parents need to know before it goes ahead really. Brilliant that you're raising awareness for c-sections, I found the recovery hard too and just reading your post brought me back to how delicate it felt trying not to aggravate the stitches & the horrible feeling when you needed to cough or sneeze, ouch doesn't cover it. #puddinglove

  13. May 4, 2016 / 6:34 pm

    A great post honey – C Sections are so hard! I didn't know how difficult it would be to recover from it! I'm glad that there is more awareness being raised. Thanks for sharing xx #puddinglove

  14. May 4, 2016 / 6:30 pm

    I didn't know about the risks of a C-section. I also didn't appreciate the recovery was quite so hard. Really informative and eye-opening #puddinglove

  15. May 4, 2016 / 6:24 pm

    A great post Rachel. I am sorry you had to go through it but it is fantastic that you are sharing your story in order to raise awareness. I wasn't aware of C-section awareness month. I also had an emergency section due to baby being breech so I can relate x

  16. April 27, 2016 / 12:27 pm

    I'm sorry to hear that you didn't have the birth that you were hoping for but I think you are great for sharing your story to help raise awareness on C Sections and the risks involved. I totally agree that they are not an easy way out by any measure! I had a particularly traumatic birth with my first resulting in a 45 hour induced labour and fauceps delivery with tears, cuts and a quite serious hemorrhage to boot. I still thank my lucky stars that I didn't end up having to go through a C Section though and my hat goes off to all you mummies that don't get that choice. Great post! Thanks for sharing with #passthesauce x

    • April 27, 2016 / 1:31 pm

      Oh that sounds a really painful delivery. Thankyou for the comment xx

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