Ahhhhh... the question everyone seems to want to know these days, yet few understand. Let's face it... in the United States most areas have a 50% c-section rate and most people have just gotten use to the idea of c-sections as part of birth. Some even prefer it, so they can "plan" it. I will never understand that, but it is the outlook for many women today. In my case I only "planned" to have two children originally. Even so, I still wanted a natural birth, but ended up with a c-section for my first birth. A couple of years later the hospitals started changing their policy to more of a "once a c-section, always a c-section" philosophy and started BANNING VBAC births. After my first c-section I had no options that I knew of and had to (or thought I had to) have a repeat c-section. Life changed and God changed my heart about children. I absolutely loved being a Momma.... and loved my children. In fact the first moments I held Savannah for the first time I said, "I could do this three or four more times!" Most women don't say that immediately after birth, whether it be via c-section or natural delivery. And when people ask how many children we will have I say, "I don't know, but I just take it one pregnancy at a time." At this point in my life, though.... it is a bit different. After FOUR c-sections there is more to it.. Is it safe to continue having c-sections?.... No. There is no doubt about that. If I am going to have more children there is going to have to be another way. If I can not have a natural birth I am going to have to reconsider having more children.... for the safety of the babies... myself... and so I will be here for the children I do have. So, for ME that is why it matters how a baby comes out.
I believe God designed our bodies and He designed our bodies to birth vaginally. There is a place for doctors when they are needed, but I do not believe pregnancy is an illness. I believe too many interventions are taking place by doctors and their staff that are creating an epidemic of c-section births. I also believe that one day they are going to answer to God for it. They have a chance to change things and now is the time, but as the doctor I saw about a VBAC delivery clearly stated that they just don't want the commitment it takes. Once a VBAC patient goes into labor the doctor is required to stay by her side to monitor her for a possible rupture and that could mean hours of waiting. Midwives are the only ones willling to do this it seems, but even they are put in an uncomfortable situation by hospitals that have banned VBAC births. That means midwives that take on VBAC clients must take on the extra risk of not having a hospital OR (operating room) down the hall in the event of a rupture. Even with ACOG (American Congress of Gynecology) stating that a trial of labor is always the safest way to attempt birth.
If you are facing your first birth... or second, etc..., it matters how that baby comes out because even if you think that may be the only baby you ever have life changes and sometimes your mind changes or and accidental pregnancy happens and you never know what that first c-section will mean for your future in birthing your babies. The more natural you go the better and save the interventions for when they are necessary. So, that is my view.... it matters how a baby comes out and I am proof.
UPDATE: In the above statement that I made about doctors having to answer to God about all the c-sections I was not referring to those doctors that are making that decision when it is necessary. I do believe it is sometimes necessary. I am referring to those doctors that are misleading their patients are rushing to do c-sections as a matter of convenience. I have also become aware that some doctors actually use a method called "Pit to Distress" to cause a situation where it is necessary to c-section. It is never my intention to offend anyone on my blog. This is simply a place for me to release the thoughts in my head (journal) because I have absolutely no one in my life that I feel I can share all these things with now. One day I want my children to be able to read about my thoughts in hopes that it will help them in some way.