With Jack I had a natural birth, delivering him naturally with no intervention - phew!
So your probably thinking why am I choosing to have a cesarean birth this time.
During my pregnancy with Jack I had reduced fetal movements regularly and the final week of my pregnancy saw me placed onto daily CTG monitoring at hospital. I went into natural labour at 39+6 and had a vaginal birth. However, during the final part of my labour Jack's heartbeat was dropping and Ashley was asked to place his hand upon the emergency call button ready for intervention. This sent me into panic mode, one thing I wanted was to not have any intervention with my birth. I was ready to push so pushed as hard as I could to get Jack out but this only caused me to tear. Luckily Jack was born with no problems at all, just poor mum here. After a while I was wheeled around to theatre to be stitched back up and the following day I was told about my tear after I had a little cry because I wasn't allowed to go home. I was informed that I had a fourth degree tear, which was the worst the poor surgeon had seen in his career and that it was important I healed correctly. I was also informed it would be wise for any future births to be via a cesarean section as I would be at high risk of tearing again.
Almost three years later when I found out I was expecting again, whilst talking to the community midwife she asked my birth choice and told me I was wise for choosing an elective section. I'm lucky to not be incontinent and for me the risk of tearing again, not healing and becoming incontinent is worse than having a cesarean which I may have ended up needing anyway.
Yes I'm a little sad I won't get to experience a natural birth again however I've had the opportunity once which I'm more than happy with and the health of myself and baby is a lot more important.
You can find out more about C-Sections on the NHS website.