I am 35 years old and in 2001 I had spinal fusion of my lumbar spine to correct scoliosis. I am currently 26 weeks pregnant but I am very scared about the birth. I have heard so many horror stories about the complications involved when trying to give birth naturally, additionally my spinal surgeon thinks I should have a c-section but my obstetrician does not. For me, there seem to be too many variables that could effect a natural birth and necessitate an emergency c-section and given that I cannot have an epidural because of my spinal hardware, to my mind it seems better to have a planned c-section. Don't get me wrong, i know that c-sections are not without risk and are not the easy way out but I am thinking of the least risk to me, my baby and the future health of my spine and pelvis. The hospital I am under do not support elective c-sections and my obstetrician seems to have had his nose put out of joint as when the spinal surgeon advised that because of my spine, a natural birth would not be in my best interests, the obstetrician said ' I wouldn't tell him how to fuse a spine so I don't expect him to tell me how to deliver a baby'. What can I do? I really don't think the obstetrician is acting in my best interests, he refused to give me a c-section before even looking at my notes.
If there is anybody that can offer any advice I would really appreciate it as I am scared out of my mind at the moment.