How can I cope with the emotional changes?
A Caesarian birth may bring with it many different emotions, including wonder, delight, joy, anger, frustration and even disappointment. You may feel tremendous love for your baby, while at the same time you may feel disappointed that you had a caesarian birth. All these feelings are normal and it may take time for them to be resolved.
Certain things make the emotional recovery easier:
- If you feel the need to cry, do so, as tears can be very healing.
- Talk with your caregivers and clarify the questions and concerns that you have about your birth experience.
- Take care of your physical needs, including healthy foods, rest and plenty of fluids.
- Write your feelings in a diary or write the story of your birth and what you learned from it.
- Your partner should help you during this time and also speed your recovery by caring for the baby, ensuring that you get enough rest and recognizing your feelings.
- Most of all, acknowledge your achievement: you were willing to have surgery for the birth of your baby.
Can I still breastfeed my baby?
The answer to this question is yes. A caesarian delivery does not affect the production of milk. You may experience some post-surgical pain and weakness, but it does not mean you cannot breastfeed. Instead, you will need help with positioning your baby for breastfeeding. Nurses will be available to help you find a position that will be most suitable for you and your baby. Your partner should learn along with you. It may take some patience, but the effort will be well worth it. Visit the breastfeeding section for more information
Is it true "Once a Caesarian, always a Caesarian"?
A growing number of physicians feel a large percentage of mothers who have had caesarian deliveries should be able to deliver vaginally. Today, women are encouraged to have a VBAC (vaginal birth after caesarian) as long as the reason for the previous caesarian is no longer present.
Plan for the possibility of a Caesarian delivery, as well as a vaginal birth so that no matter what happens, you will be better prepared, have fewer surprises and a greater sense of control and personal choice. Remember, your baby will be born from this experience. Be proud of yourself and the effort you are making.