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I am wondering if I can choose to have a c section for my first baby? I'm in the USA.
I am fully aware of the risks and I am not trying to start a c section v/s vaginal birth debate at all. This is going to be my first and only baby. We don't want more children, so I will not need to worry about the effect on subsequent deliveries.
Please don't tell me about the risks, I know.
I'd just appreciate someone telling me whether they think doctors will allow them. I know the ACOG has declared them ethical. I know people in New York and California who have had them. I just want to know if it is possible elsewhere as well.
I know of a couple people in Oregon who had them, however many hospitals are changing their rules in the last few months. Many hospitals including OHSU are strongly urging against c-sections, even VBACs. Check with your doctor and your planned hospital if you are interested in having a planned c-section as you may run into one of them not allowing it.
I had an elective c/s for my first (and only) because of his size. I think if you had a valid reason for wanting a c/s, many Dr's would honor your wishes. Just ask when you call around looking for an OB.
Also don't forget to check with your insurance. I know mine won't cover elective surgery (including any scheduled cesarean). But plenty do or there wouldn't be so many elective repeat cesareans. Still I would call them and find out before you start looking for a doctor willing to do it.
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