Ifeel as though...strike that....I know that I had an unnecessary c-section and I am hurt/devastated/and angered about it. My water broke naturally and I didn't dialate right away. I had every known intervention done to my body. I feel aweful that I allowed interventions to be performed on my body. I labored at 2-3 cm for about 31hrs until the Drs said that I had to have a c-section becuase I had failed to progress. Neither I nor my baby were in distress. I wish that I had done more research prior to delivering. I even had a midwife with me during my labor however she was the one who was also pushing the c-section in addition to the Drs! I was tag teamed and couldn't defend myself at that moment. I felt for so long that my body failed me but now I know that the medical staff at the hospital failed to support my request for a natural delivery.
Next time around I am ademant that I will not accept any interventions that my actually stall may labor (such as an epidural). My only concern about not going to a hospital to deliver is if I have uterine rupture. I heard that you can have an ultrasound which will measure your c-section scar tissue. I still need to research this more but apparently the thinner your scar the higher chance that you may have uterine rupture. I am doing to demand that I have this assessment performed...perhaps even before I become pregnant so that I do not need to worry about it as much during my pregnancy.
Also I would like to mention a rather interesting piece of information that my OB/Gyn told me at my follow up appointment - the next time I get pregnant they will not be able to use Pitocin on me becuase it has shown to increase chances of uterine rupture. At least I will not have to worry about being induced! BUT she did say that if I do not go into labor prior to my due date than I will HAVE to have a c-section (so she thinks). Why on earth would I schedule major abdominal surgery around an estimated due date? I don't want to be a difficult patient but I will not merely go along with what people tell me because it is my body, my baby and my birth experience. That I will not budge on.
Thank you for posting this information. I will add it to my 'file' of information that I am gathering.