Women who have had C-section delivery may have varied emotional experiences. Some may be disturbed, while some others may feel relieved of difficult labor, while still others may feel safe from life threatening situations, while some may feel deprived of the joys of natural childbirth.
A woman’s own knowledge and beliefs, the way the medical staff treated her, the support and love given by her spouse and family, her desire to have a normal delivery and her emotional and personal medical history influence emotional recovery.
The emotional recovery of a woman after a planned C-section is faster as she is mentally prepared, has overlooked her apprehensions and fears and is well prepared to undergo a C-section surgery.
However an unplanned C-section which has to be carried on in emergency situations like difficult labor, fetus distress, placenta abrupt ion and uterine rupture, a woman may be emotionally and mentally ill prepared. Hence there could be great emotional stress and the emotional recovery may be delayed.
Besides a mother’s own beliefs, fears and dreams about labor and childbirth may play a role. Some women who prefer a high technology approach, women who have had previous miscarriages and stillborn, those with deep-rooted fears may consider a cesarean with relief and anticipation.
The experience of not having a natural birth influences the emotional recovery of a woman ,if you under go an emergency C-section instead. In the natural birth process if you are called in for an emergency cesarean delivery you may feel robbed of having a normal childbirth.
Women who experience a very difficult and painful labor welcome C-section as a release to the experiencing pain. such women feel happy and gratified to be able to deliver with a numbing feeling and hold their little one sooner in their arms.
It is interesting to know the irony of the emotional feelings of a woman who has had a cesarean delivery.The medical staffs present during cesarean surgery make a great impact on her emotional delivery. Consistently helpful, nurturing, empathetic and considerate staffs aid emotional healing, while uncaring, cold, distant, judgmental, or abusive staff contribute to emotional trauma and slow emotional recovery.
Women who have delivered by C-section may experience a lot of pain, so their spouse, extended family and close friends can make them feel wanted and cared for, in addition to support groups and forums could help her feel better and secure. In extreme cases a therapist’s help could be sought for speedy emotional recovery.