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Elective csection at public hospitals

Does anyone have any info or if you've had an elective caesarean at a public hospital? Will they let you, cost and are the meds after t any good? Thanks in advance

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My vaginal birth took over 9 months of recovery. My elective c-section about 4 weeks. I am pregnant with my third now and will be having another c-section in our local (small town) public hospital. Yes, plenty of people will think its crazy but seeing as I am the one who will end up suffering through the pain and recovery, they can seriously f#*k off if they think I am "too posh to push". Honestly, what a disgraceful thing to shame someone with if you have never spent 9 months and subsequent surgeries recovering from a vaginal birth.
If you want a c-section, do it. It won't necessarily be harder to get over and in fact, you may find the process far more enjoyable. After my c-section, I was able to spend the first 24 hours wholly focussed on my baby (I didn't need much sleep) because I was not physically exhausted. We spent the whole time bonding and breastfeeding and it was awesome. Meds were good, no cost and I was able to leave 3 days sooner than I did with baby #1.

 Yes.. you are exactly right. We won't be bullied by any of these women. It's our choice so they can be nice or keep there big mouths shut! ;)
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 I have many friends who have had c sections and think I'm lucky as I haven't and don't understand how difficult a traumatic natural birth can be. After my first delivery I had over 30 stitches, an infection, other complications. And no one takes that seriously, no pain relief, no extra help, nothing. Luckily I had a very different experience with my second but only because I got the late scan I demanded, I was refused the first time but later found out I would have needed a c section if they'd done the late scan the first time. I wish more doctors, midwives and people would just trust a mothers instinct.
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Child birth hurts. There's absolutely no way around it. If it's vaginal it hurts at the time if it's a section it hurts (a f**k ton) afterwards.
There are risks and complications related to both. Sections have a higher risk because it's major abdominal surgery and the recovery time is just sooooo much longer. I personally think you should at least try vaginally (for your safety and the babies. Except of course if a section is completely unavoidable) but that's just MY opinion, ultimately it's your 3B's! Your body, your baby, your business!

 Whatever is best for you is the best decision. Don't let other force there personal opinions on you. I've had a vaginal birth and amrrgency c section and this time I've chosen for a c section to avoid a emergency c section again. No one can change my mind or make me feel bad about my decision. Never mind what others have to say. Everyone always has an opinion about other people's lives. You've already had 3 c sections and I've read this would now be the safer option. But it's. Always the mothers choice.
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 That reply was meant for the original poster. But you shouldn't encourage women to do what you would do. That's your choice. Just because its right for you doesn't make it right for the next person.
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I have had one emergency and one elective. You just need to speak to your obstetrician/midwives. If you have a "valid" reason for having an elective csection there won't be an issue.

 Oh, and you don't pay for anything. The pain relief they give you for afterwards is good but the really strong stuff gave me crazy nightmares so I avoided it haha
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 Can you ask for c section for your first pregnancy? At public hospital with no Valid reason?
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 Were you able to choose your obstetrician for the c section in public system? I'm probably going to need one for medical reasons but would like to choose who does the cutting. Don't have private maternity cover.
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I've had 3 c sections in public hospital, first was emergency, other 2 turned into emergency because I went into Labour before my elective dates with both. All where medically required, First was life saving for me and bub, others where strongly advised by the doctors. To be honest I didn't know you could have an elective in public for no medical reason but I could be wrong, it's just certainly not something I would want to do under any circumstances if I didn't have to (just my opinion). To answer your other questions, there is no cost at all and you have the same pain meds ect as in a private hospital.

 They won't do them without a medical reason if you are a public patient
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 That's what I thought
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 If you've had one c section in a public hospital then you are given the option for c section or vaginal birth everytime after that without any other medical reasons. I had a vaginal birth then an emergency c section then a premature vaginal birth and have now chosen to have an elective c section for my 4th. I was given an option from the first day I booked into hospital. The doctor gave me all the info on vaginal a c section births then after I read all the info I came back and told my doctor I have chosen to have a c section. She got out the c section book in form, no problems. Now I just wait for the hospital to give me my date to cone in for my elective c section. It was simple.
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 Were you able to choose your obstetrician for the c section in public system? I'm probably going to need one for medical reasons but would like to choose who does the cutting. Don't have private maternity cover.
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I am pretty sure in most public cases you need to have a medical reason for having an elective. But it doesn't hurt to ask. In public it waa free under medicare and they were really good in my case for monitoring pain and offering the really heavy duty drugs when needed. Good luck

This was my question and so happy to say i had my bouncing baby girl over a year ago now. I ended up going private and my obstetrician was worth every dollar as I ended up having my baby 3 weeks early and she was stuck so stuck I needed a really violent forcep delivery. It helped me knowing who was delivering my baby and that he was an amazing doctor who I trusted and got to know months before.

Thanks for all input, then and now ladies 😊

 Congrats 😊
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 Thanks lovely x
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 You're very dramatic with your descriptions
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My 1st was scheduled breech baby second was failed v bac this one will be scheduled and no it doesn't cost anything and both times my stays were amazing. And no its not an easy way out

I had one it wasn't elective but cost nothing a d the meds were great.

Thanks so much for the constructive feedbacks ladies xo

Just curious why you are having an elective one? No judgement just curious

Mom grabbing the popcorn. Hope you get some good answers op and not the up themselves ones.

 What?! Why on earth would anyone be up themselves for letting the original poster know if they had a caesearan in a public hospital? Your comment makes no sense.
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 Because she is having a elective csection and not going natural birth.
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 I wasn't meaning anyone having a csection but anyone who wants to ramble about how bad it is, those up themselves so and so
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I don't believe you can have an elective c-section in a public hospital if you don't have health insurance

 Yes you can. There are many reasons to have an elective csection. Has nothing to do with having health insurance or not.
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