First off, my doctor wants me to consider having a scheduled birth ie C-section, or being induced. Her reasoning is strictly convenience of having all doctors present and ready to go to surgery. Both sound way scary to me, but has anyone done either of these? What was the process, length & pain in labor? And what about recovery time?
The other part is pain medication, at first I was opposed to having an epidural, now a friend has pointed out it may be less stressful on the baby that way, but then there are other concerns about how the drug will effect her (and especially her heart!) Any info here on possible less scary pain management? I hear that labor is quite painful when induced, so I'll need a plan if that is what we decide to do.
So, our first concern, of course, is baby! She needs to be as healthy, strong, and able as possible to go into surgery. The next most important part is for my recovery. I also want to be as strong, healthy, and able as possible as SOON as possible after birth. I do not want to be confined to a bed while my baby is over in NICU and being prepped for surgery.
So there are my concerns. Any info I will gladly take. As of now I am considering being induced (C-section seems a little intense when it's not medically necessary) and trying to find some alternative pain relievers than the epidural. But like I said, if there is anything I can do to make it easier on the baby then we'll do it. And hopefully I'll be able to be by her side as much as possible in those few critical days. Thanks for your help!