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July 17th, 2011, 02:03 AM
Join Date: Jul 2011
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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.

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July 17th, 2011, 08:37 PM
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Not sure how the 'elective' thing goes with #1. Definitely worth running past your OB if it is something that is important to you.

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July 18th, 2011, 06:37 AM
Capns Girl's Avatar Mega Super Mommy
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One of my friends had an elective c/s for her first. I think it depends on your dr.
Jessi, wife to Aaron (10/02/04), mom to Madilyn (4/01/09) and Lyla (02/01/12)

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July 18th, 2011, 12:05 PM
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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.

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July 18th, 2011, 02:58 PM
Nicole1110's Avatar Platinum Supermommy
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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.

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July 19th, 2011, 12:23 PM
WhoaMomma!'s Avatar Danielle
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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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August 18th, 2011, 05:45 PM
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I had a csection with my first because of scar tissue from cancer, my doc knew from the get go that I would not dilate. You can always 'shop' around for a more liberal doctor.
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September 30th, 2011, 04:53 AM
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I'm in UK and had and elective first c/s as my early induction failed and I wish the UK was as liberal as the USA X
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