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 into the 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. Afterward 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 the 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 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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4 thoughts on “April: C-Section Awareness Month

  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

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