Firstly, I think this http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2011/nov/23/nhs-caesarian-nice-guidelines?fb=native&CMP=FBCNETTXT9038 is a really good article about the whole debate. It makes a lot of sense – I really hope women don’t choose a section because they are ill informed or scared.
However, I welcome the new guidelines. I am terrified (and this is not an OTT way to describe how I feel) that I will have to fight tooth and nail to have a Caesarean next time. My birth experience was terrible; it resulted in injury to my baby and psychological scarring to me. I still have flashbacks and nightmares about labour, how I was treated and the pain I was in. I know I gave birth in a terrible hospital and they have admitted that the midwives did not care for me they way they should have. The eventual surgical procedure was sweet relief from the hell I was in.
Sadly, painfully sadly, the days that led up to Joni’s birth, her birth day and the night that followed were the worst of my life. The only thing that got me through the night was the joy that my baby was here, albeit a little injured.
If I am protected a little from a fight where I am put under pressure to try for a natural birth then I welcome the new guidelines.
The vital point there though is that I am just one person. Everyone has a different experience. Every case has to be treated individually. Sweeping generalisations simply don’t work.