….may never be known.
There are so many different factors — some financial, some health-related, some emotional. While not everyone agrees with this, many studies show a higher death rate for both mothers and babies with a C-section. Some C-sections are done for failed inductions; and the inductions failed because the babies weren’t ready, and many times have to spend extra time in the NICU. Many mothers are left with sadness regarding their surgeries and feel as if their bodies let them down. But here are some real stories I am acquainted with, that each show that in some ways, the C-section isn’t the end — its effects may continue to be felt for years.
1. A life-long friend had a C-section a year ago when her baby was transverse and her water broke. It was an uncomplicated C-section, and she didn’t even stay in the hospital a full 48 hours. Her bill was $25,000. This greatly surprised me because I assumed that an uncomplicated C-section would be more in the $15,000 range. While her insurance covered 80%, their portion was still $5,000. Ouch! Even worse, her recovery was so bad (couldn’t get out of bed or a chair by herself for 3 weeks), that she told me that she wouldn’t have any more children if she knew she’d have to have another C-section.
2. Someone whose blog I keep up with is currently having secondary infertility, probably due to her C-section a few years ago. In addition to the emotional toll of having multiple miscarriages, there is the added burden of going through tests (some of them expensive, some not covered by insurance), to try to find the cause of her inability to carry another child to term.
3. Another person whose blog I keep up with is currently in the midst of a (hopefully) 12-week hospital stay. She has placenta previa, which can happen even in an unscarred uterus, but is more likely to happen if you’ve had a C-section before. She was put on hospital bed-rest after having a few episodes of slight vaginal bleeding. She’s hoping to get to 36 weeks, at which point they’ll take the baby by C-section. But it’s possible that she may dilate too much before then, and they’ll have to take the baby prematurely. Now, I don’t know what the cost of her hospital stay is, but for 84 days of hospital care, and the frequent (sometimes constant) monitoring that she is undergoing cannot be cheap. Then there is the emotional toll of being in the hospital, away from her husband and daughter, and worrying or at least wondering about the health of her baby, and hoping that she’ll be able to remain pregnant long enough that he won’t have to stay extra time in the NICU.
When C-sections save lives, that’s one thing. But there is a current article promoting Cesareans on demand. It just makes no sense to me, but maybe it does to some people. Then there are all the C-sections that are made necessary because of “the cascade of interventions” that so frequently happens in a hospital setting.
In light of the long-term downsides of a C-section, just make sure the cost of a C-section is worth what you’re going to have to pay.
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