Originally Posted by xxmeabhxx
despite a c/s being major surgery and regarded as a more dangerous option with the risks mentioned above, I do know people who were delighted to have a c section. I know one person who had a section because she was late and attempts to induce her didn't do anything. She had no problems afterwards recovering and is still happy she got a section. it totally got red of all her fears about vaginal birth. I know it's weird but some women do prefer it and see it as a less scary option.
Hi Meabh! I'm not talking about about 'medically necessary' C-Sections (past dates & failure of induction example you've given above) and I'm not talking about choice (totally different discussion!). As this is the 'Phobia' Board, I'm taking about what women can do to help themselves in the situation of being scared and it is exceptionally rare that the answer to that is a C-Section (i.e. major surgery, that is
what it is, there is no disagreement on that and I think you appreciate that).
It's like numbing someone's leg in an operating theatre; using a scalpel; taking blood out of a vein; stitching up the wound (complications of infection, excess bleeding, longer recovery wound breakdown etc), because they are scared of needles! Women who see it as a less scary option, as you mentioned, have almost certainly not received correct counselling. This is definitely available in all the hospitals, and can be accessed. Help is there if you need it. (You're too young now!!!!! But HTH anytime)
There are people who are scared of flying who do get on a plane. And there are people who are petrified of flying who will get on a plane and there are people who are petrified of flying who will never get on a plane, despite detailed reassurances, facts, risks etc. The latter group are a fraction of a fraction of the former group. I have never met, nor do I know of, anyone in that latter group because while C-Sections are not uncommon, true phobias are.