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Feeling "cheated" with c-section, no vaginal delivery

Two weeks postpartum, sister-in-law is currently giving birth to her third vaginally. It kind of hits home how much of the "real" birthing experience a c-section takes from a mother. Anyone else feel this way after c-section?
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Re: Feeling "cheated" with c-section, no vaginal delivery

  • I completely agree with PP. But I will say that while I didn't feel sad about not having a vaginal birth until I realized I couldn't with this LO, I am okay with it now. Like she said, we are having the births that we need to have healthy babies. And while this Isn't necessarily what I want, I know that I am no less of a mother because I can't have the VBAC I desired. 
    And don't worry about what others are doing. I know it's hard. My mom had her 4 children naturally and I just can't. It does hurt. But we are still amazing moms! Don't let this bring you down. Focus on your beautiful newborn and all the joys he/she will bring you! Everything will be okay :) 
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  • I certainly understand the feeling like you "missed out" on something. Honestly, it took me a couple of weeks to feel connected to my first and I blamed it on the c-section and not having the vaginal delivery I always expected to have. It also didn't help that I was in labor and found out at the hospital that DS was breech, so no time to wrap my head around the change of game plan. HOWEVER, a c-section is no less a "real" birthing experience and anyone who says otherwise is missing the point. You just had a major surgery that brought your little one into the world. It is your birth story and special and unique to you. Don't let anyone lessen that for you.
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  • I understand how you feel. With DS1 I was awake during csections but knocked out as soon as he came out. I did not get to hold or kiss my baby, they showed him to me and then I was asleep. I woke up tilted head down in bed, when they lifted me my whole body was shaking and I still couldn't hold him. The nurse and my husband were holding my breast and the baby to feed him as I sat unable to do anything. I was not able to hold the baby the whole first day on my own. I have to say I hate everything about DS1 birth story except the fact that I got him. I still feel "cheated" about it.

    For DS2 I had a repeat csection and it was wonderful, everything happened as planned. I don't feel cheated with his because I got to be awake for it all. I got to see him, kiss him and call him by name.
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  • Nope. .I was so happy to have successful c sections! One with my dd. .. that had to be quick.. got to the hospital at 7 cm and one with the triplets. .also 7 cm upon arrival. No hard recoveries to speak of..was back to normal in 2 day. 4 healthy babies (with great foreheads! )


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  • You are so correct! Thanks so much xoxo
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    @gkgillum - how are you feeling now about it all?
  • AmCheriAmCheri member
    edited May 2015
    I'm responding late, but wanted to add another to the list of those of us who do not feel like we missed anything. Sure, there are a lot of preconceived notions about what birth should be like, and maybe we even romanticize it somewhat. Many have birth plans and strong hopes about how the baby will be born. With my first, I labored for 57 hours prior to having an emergency c-section. In the moment when you understand that your baby's life and health are at risk, you see how unimportant the actual birthing process is. I just had our second baby via repeat c-section and would not change a thing about how he was born. Recovering from a c-section is difficult and painful. If I feel cheated out of anything, it's the fact that after a c-section, it is so hard to take care of your baby without help. I wish the first week or so postpartum could be easier, but as for the birth, I have no regrets.
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  • Honestly? Yes. I do feel like I missed out on something. Both of my children were emergency csections (tried to vbac) and I am lucky we are all healthy. That being said I wish I had had the experience. My third child is about to be born in a few weeks via planned csection which is going to feel very different. I have no sadness this time that I have to have a csection but a part of me will always feel that I missed out on something.
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  • @joco --I feel somewhat better about it. I think I will always have questions about the what if, but I trust in God and know that my birth experience was for a reason. I may not know what it is, but it was for some good reason.
    @AmCheri --I agree that I did feel cheated out of being able to take care of my baby. My husband had to change every diaper and do everything for days in the hospital. It was disconcerting to me bc I am a person who is very independent. I could barely take care of myself, let alone a newborn. I certainly recognize that a vaginal delivery is easier for recovery reasons and being able to take care of your newborn.
    @emaddock --I understand! I am already planning to try a VBAC, if we are blessed with another child. It doesn't ease this experience though. There are times I wonder if bonding with my daughter would be better for me if I'd had a vaginal delivery. On top of the experience, I feel like I didn't get to adequately bond with her right away and that hurts.
  • I don't feel like I missed out on anything either. I am just so happy that I am a mommy to a happy and healthy baby (she's now 2). I was so prepared for the chance of a c section, I was actually more nervous to have to push her out vaginally. After 12-12.5 hours of labor, I was actually relieved when my doctor said, I have been in labor long enough and a c section is best. 
    I bonded with my daughter. I had her with me and nursing withing 45 minutes. The only thing that hampered me was being able to lift things other than baby and driving. 
  • Nope, not at all. I had a tramatic first labor then C/S. My 2nd was scheduled. It was lovely.

    I suggest therapy to work through your feelings. It has helped me (with other stuff).
    MrsJG3
  • Not even a little bit! My only birth plan was safe and healthy mom and baby
    jerseygirl227
  • WeringWering member
    I had a section in 2012 for my first daughter. It was unexpected (and later discovered to be not medically necessary). I mourned the csection for a year. It turned me into an overly dedicated breastfeeder, because I was so upset that my body couldn't do what it was designed to do. I figured if I was able to breastfeed, at least my body wouldn't fail me on that account. I still mourn my experience - I'm pregnant with my second baby, due in August, and aiming for a VBAC. I'm very hopeful that my VBAC will be successful. It will be my "redemption" for what I lost with the birth of my first baby. Things that didn't help? When I described it as "When I gave birth...." and a couple of people reminded me that I didn't give birth, I had a csection. Or when people told me I was "lucky" because I didn't have to worry about tears "down there." And the WORST - at least your baby was healthy. The health of my baby was never in question; if it had been, I would have embraced the csection with open arms. The hospital never gave me a CHANCE (I was there 12 hours on a failed induction and they practically strong armed me into the section.) It is absolutely normal to grieve the experience that you thought you were going to have.
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    Wering said:

    I had a section in 2012 for my first daughter. It was unexpected (and later discovered to be not medically necessary). I mourned the csection for a year. It turned me into an overly dedicated breastfeeder, because I was so upset that my body couldn't do what it was designed to do. I figured if I was able to breastfeed, at least my body wouldn't fail me on that account.

    I still mourn my experience - I'm pregnant with my second baby, due in August, and aiming for a VBAC. I'm very hopeful that my VBAC will be successful. It will be my "redemption" for what I lost with the birth of my first baby.

    Things that didn't help? When I described it as "When I gave birth...." and a couple of people reminded me that I didn't give birth, I had a csection. Or when people told me I was "lucky" because I didn't have to worry about tears "down there." And the WORST - at least your baby was healthy. The health of my baby was never in question; if it had been, I would have embraced the csection with open arms. The hospital never gave me a CHANCE (I was there 12 hours on a failed induction and they practically strong armed me into the section.)

    It is absolutely normal to grieve the experience that you thought you were going to have.

    I agree it's normal to grieve the birth you didn't have. Totally. I wish you luck with your vbac.
    The people that say that you didn't give birth though... I would have a problem with that. A child grew in your womb for nine or so months and came out of you- it may not be a vaginal birth but it's still the birth of your child. I can't imagine how those comments would have made you feel and I'm so sorry you had to deal with them. Wishing you well this go around for the birth you want xxx
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  • I am a first time mom, I just found out (after planning for a natural hypnobirth) that my baby is breech and I'm 38 weeks. I had a meltdown in my Dr's office when he said "c section." I've always been adamant that my labor and delivery would go one way and learning otherwise has certainly taken an emotional toll. At my second appointment after learning of my c section my Dr said "think of your delivery as the bridge to motherhood. How you get across the bridge doesn't define you as a parent, what you do when you arrive defines you as a parent."

    My section is scheduled for Wednesday. I'm still hoping she will turn, but if not, I've taken so much comfort knowing that I'm doing what's best for my baby even though it's not how I'd planned it.

    I hope this has encouraged you, because you're a mom! You're already honored and a badass for having crossed that bridge. Don't let the woulda shoulda couldas rob you of the joy of motherhood.
    J0C0TX
  • WeringWering member
    edited June 2015
    @Anna - good luck to you with your section. Have you concerned doing a version for the baby? There are ways (though they do carry risks) that they can physically turn the baby head down.

    As an FYI, I had a friend deliver a baby YESTERDAY who was breech until 39 and a half weeks. He turned at the LAST minute.
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    @anna - best wishes for you and your baby for a safe delivery for you both!!!
  • I feel emotional pain every day since my c section this past may, disappinted I couldn't do it the way I'm designed to and really hope that one day I am able to. It's very hard, so no you are not alone in your feelings, sometimes it helps to know you are not alone. The pain from my surgery also contributed to failure to breastfeed, which makes me very sad. But all we can do is be the best moms we can be, and know it's okay to be sad even though we have healthy children we are so grateful for. Hugs.
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  • FTM here.  I had a planned c-section two and a half weeks ago.  More than one doctor suggested it due to the shape of my pelvis.  I could either be induced (due to AMA) at 39 weeks and try to go the vaginal route or just have the c-section.  After talking with them and researching online, I went the c-section route.  My daughter was 8 pounds and the doctor who delivered her said I made the right choice.

    I never felt bad about the c-section ... until I had trouble breastfeeding.  My body just isn't making enough milk.  About a week ago, I really lost it.  I just felt that I was a bad mom since my body couldn't deliver her the "normal" way and my body couldn't produce enough milk to feed her.  I know it was mostly the hormones talking, but I was a wreck for about a day.

    Then, I realized that, somehow, this 42-year-old (I'm 43 now) was able to make a baby with the man she loves (also 42 at the time), a man whose doctors told him that it might be hard for him to have a baby due to his own issues.  And I was able to carry her for 39 weeks without major issues.  So, while we might not have gone the "traditional" route, I am more than thrilled that we were able to make the journey at all. :)
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  • ZimgerZimger member
    edited July 2015
    I had labored about 12 hours when they told me that I had not dialated and that the baby was beginning to show signs of distress.
    I felt scared and upset. But I could feel it was not safe to let it go any longer. I had lost two children to miscarriage and I was bound to get this boy out into the world as safe as possible.
    After it was over he was here. I held him and cooed for hours. Just like I did with my second (who was a planned c-section). No one went through more than I did to get them here.
    Everything did feel surreal at first but I still adored those tiny babies. Motherhood is surreal at times...
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  • Not at all! For me, the comfort of hearing his first cry after all the tugging I could feel on my belly was all I needed to feel like a mom! When I heard that cry the joy and love I felt in my heart was so overwhelming I looked right at my husband and cried! Then when they brought him over to me and I got to say "hi" to my son for the first time, overjoyed! So I would just say we all have a different birth experience that those who have only had vaginal births will never experience.
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  • I found out at 32 weeks that DS was frank breech, so after some research, I did have some time to wrap my head around a c section. I went into preterm labor a little after 36 weeks and ended up as an emergency c section. Because my contractions were so intense, the spinal didn't take on my right side and I was put under general anesthesia. So while you may be upset that you didn't get the vaginal birth you wanted, be thankful for the small things like hearing your baby cry for the first time or meeting them moments after birth. I would give anything to have those moments back.
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  • C-section momma's are birthing soldiers if you ask me. ;):)
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