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Elective c section ?

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IndieBamBindi Wed 23-Nov-16 14:59:48

Some may have read my previous thread
An unplanned pregnancy, which with help and support I have decided to keep our baby and get through the hyperemesis as best as I can.
Many posters mentioned that we are actually entitled to a c section if we want one. Without needing medical grounds.
Has anyone got experience of this?
I've given birth twice and was traumatised, to the point I swore I'd never have kids again purely for the birth. I just can do it again for my own mental health.
Although nothing terrible happened so on paper there is no reason to have anything other than a natural birth. I just really need to be I. Control and hce a pain free (during, birth) and calm birth.
Any info I hve found is confusing, some days you are entitled no matter what. Some says every consultant could just say no to you?
Any midwives. Consultants etc out there or any mum's who chose this option who could give me advice?
Thankyou in advance

baconandeggies Wed 23-Nov-16 15:05:14

Request c/s due to fear of birth. You'll need to speak to senior consultants directly, and keep going until one agrees. Emphasise how much stress and worry this is causing you at present. Good luck! Making an informed choice for c/s for mental health reasons is just as valid as physical reasons. Especially if mums can demonstrate that they've tried to overcome their fears, e.g. hypnobirthing course.

Trifleorbust Wed 23-Nov-16 15:05:39

My understanding is that they are obliged to refer you to another consultant but that no individual NHS consultant is obliged to offer you a c-section for non-medical reasons.

baconandeggies Wed 23-Nov-16 15:08:36

Two mums I know have had elcs for mental health reasons. It's possible - the biggest barrier is being fobbed off by more junior staff

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