For those women who are pregnant for the first time, the fear of impending labor pains and delivery looms large. And their fears are compounded by narrations of not-so-pleasing experience of other women in their circle.
Most often, many expectant moms think of bypassing such fear and trauma by opting for planned C- sections. A planned or elective C- section delivery is considered by many women as an alternative to natural delivery.
In fact, the incidence of natural or vaginal delivery is decreasing with more and more expectant moms opting for elective C-section. This has also led to a debate, which says, whether it is worthwhile to take the risks of C-section delivery just to sidestep the pains and distress associated with labor and natural delivery?
Many naturalists are against planned C-section delivery simply because of the fact that it goes against the natural process of labor and childbirth. They see such a planned surgical procedure as merely scheduled for the convenience of the expectant mom or the physician.
However advocates of planned C-section delivery are of the view that such a delivery is necessary to lessen the trauma and distress of an impending fear of labor pain and delivery, which keeps them constantly anxious and stressful.
Nevertheless, there are certain advantages and disadvantages of both natural delivery and vaginal delivery. The disadvantages of natural delivery become the advantages of C-section delivery and vice versa.
The main advantage of elective C-section delivery is that a woman can enjoy a painless labor and childbirth. Moreover the disadvantages of natural delivery can be done away with when she undergoes a planned surgical delivery.
Some of the negative effects of a natural delivery include vaginal prolapsed, damage of the perinea, incontinence, and sexual dysfunction. Moreover prolonged labor can lead to emotional and physical trauma which can have lasting impacts. All such apprehensions are done away with when you opt for planned C-section delivery.
However a woman who undergoes elective C-section delivery puts herself at increased risks of blood loss, infection, and blood clots. Postpartum recoveries in such women are slow. Moreover, for subsequent childbirths such women need to undergo C-sections. Now that you know all the good and bad points of a planned C-section, it is up to you to take a decision.