Interview 05 - Making decisions about birth after caesarean
Age at interview: 42
Brief outline: Advertising manager with a three and a half year old daughter. Husband is a recruitment manager. Ethnic background' White British (English).
Background: Had a very traumatic 1st birth, long labour, CS was offered only after baby went into distress. Felt excluded from decisions and treated unsympathetically. Felt pushed into VBAC with 2nd birth. Chose to go private instead and had planned CS.
- Age at interview:
- Advertising manager with a three and a half year old daughter. Husband is a recruitment manager. Ethnic background: White British (English).
I thought about it and then as the pregnancy got more and more advanced, I got heavier and heavier. And another complication, I got an awful lot of pelvic pain by the end, it started actually, it did start more like about thirty-six weeks, I suppose. That's when I made my final decision, so I hadn't totally made a decision, but obviously I had used your tool in between. Now that was interesting, because obviously that was geared towards my thoughts and what was going through my mind, which again are things you don't necessarily consciously think about that much. You- it's all in the unconscious and, you know, I was probably veering towards an elective caesarean, to be honest, during that time. Then I did your survey, and that was very interesting because again, it was' it highlighted all the risks and my, but it had my priorities on the different risks. And interestingly enough, that came out elective caesarean, so that was kind of, a bit of a' very interesting for me. And, you know, I do think it was helpful, because it obviously was focused on my feelings, not anybody else's, no agendas, so that was helpful. So' so, I do believe about thirty-four weeks, I did see him and we booked in a date for the caesarean and time, which was quite funny, and it was two weeks before I was due, so it was quite funny. But again, I had, you know, it was quite good, again, I had the option, if I changed my mind at the last minute, I could. So that was great. But I think as I got bigger and heavier and I got these pelvic pains and I think by week sort of thirty-eight, I was due to have it on the week thirty-nine, I thought, 'I'm going to go for this, I'm so uncomfortable', and I was very, very scared of, you know, something going wrong with the natural birth, still so' So it was a combination of everything led me to, you know, I could have changed my mind right up until the last day so, you know, but, but also the tool did really help because it was my worries about the risks and not an agenda that natural birth is better. Which in many ways it is, but not necessarily if you've had a very difficult birth the first time.
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