Hello, and welcome to section_support!
Let's clear the air first, okay?
I personally support:
* vaginal, VBAC, and c-section births
* natural and medicated labors and deliveries
* homebirths, hospital births, and birthing center births
* breastfeeding and formula feeding
* crib and co-sleeping
* cloth and disposable diapering
* exclusively organic, homemade, and "regular, store-bought food" feeding
* choosing to vaccinate or choosing not to vaccinate
And so on, and so on...you get the idea, no? :-)
It's not about choices that make someone a "good" or "bad" mother--it's about following your heart and caring for your baby to the best of your ability. I've found a lot of negativity in some (not all) parenting/pregnancy communities. That's not what I believe, or what I'm about, and I DO NOT want that sort of junk in this community. I can support you and your choices, even if they're not MY personal choices. The long and short of it? Due to size and positioning, it was medically suggested that I schedule a c-section to deliver my son. After researching the subject, I scheduled the section. On May 1, 2006 at 4:10 PM, my son was born via c-section--healthy and vibrant. I had a speedy recovery and an overall excellent birth experience. I am not ashamed my son came into the world via c-section, but at the same token, I wouldn't have chosen an elective c-section (but that's just me). He's my miracle, my everyday sunshine--and how he arrived matters less to me than the fact that he's actually here. <3
I will post my birth story today or tomorrow, and I hope that if you find this community in some way beneficial. I was terrified of having a c-section since I was able to find so few positive accounts. I hope that this community is one step closer to changing the notion that most section births are terrible experiences. As I said before, it doesn't matter to me whether my son arrived in a hospital via c-section, in our home, in the backseat of a taxi, or in a rainforest--all that matters is he's here, wonderful, and all mine. :-)