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C-Section vs Normal Birth

by Intan
Posted on 25 April 2012

Have you ever heard of the term: “too posh to push”? According to Urban Dictionary here, it means “Prospective mothers who opt to have an elective caesarean section rather than give birth vaginally. The women who make this choice are usually thought to be of higher class and wealthier. The choice for a c-section is made because it’s thought to be more convenient as well as less painful and distasteful”. And the best examples are Victoria Beckham and Britney Spears. Well, I think most Hollywood celebrities opt for c-section anyway.

In my case, I did not choose to have an elective caesarean section. I think it is more like I tried normal birth but my son got stuck inside and I ended up with a c-section.  But still sometimes, I get ‘that look’ when I said I gave birth to my eldest child via c-section. Until today I think I’ve chickened out during those intense labor moments. I do feel like a failure sometimes whenever I think of the time that I did not manage to push my son, Husayn out of me. Oh and somebody on the net did mention that mommies who choose c-section are selfish.

First of all, I would like to clarify that it was the doctor who suggested that I undergo the c-section. My water already broke and the doctor was afraid it would not be good for my baby if I wait much longer. My mother did say that the doctor was probably creating excuses to make more money since I gave birth at a private hospital. But then to be honest, I didn’t really care during the chaos of giving birth. I just wanted my baby to be delivered safely and c-section or not, it does not matter.

After my c-section, it took me nearly 2 weeks to walk properly, laugh or cough without the pain and more weeks to breastfeed my child while lying on my side. If I have a choice, I would certainly choose normal birth. Why would I choose normal birth you may ask?

Well, because for my second child,  I managed to do a normal birth! I, myself, was surprised and the moment I felt my daughter was out of me, I felt like I have achieved something big.

I guess for a woman like me who is always scared to death of doctors poking and prodding me, managing a normal birth is indeed a big achievement!


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