Lisa Ling Wishes She Didn’t Have A Scheduled C-Section: ‘In All Honesty, I Regret It’

Lisa Ling is looking back at the recent birth of her second daughter and now admits she regrets having a scheduled C-section, admitting she wasn’t aware of the potential consequences.

“A few years ago, I gave birth to my first daughter, Jett, via planned Cesarean delivery,” the journalist writes in her new digital series, “This Is Birth with Lisa Ling”. “During my last ultrasound of the pregnancy, we learned that the umbilical cord was wrapped around her neck, so I was told I had to have a C-section for that reason.”

As describing herself as an “admittedly type-A personality who has always been used to being in control of my life,” Ling saw the predictability of a planned delivery date as a plus. “I had a date. I had a time. I knew exactly when I was going to be giving birth,” she explains. “I wasn’t in that limbo phase, anxiously waiting for labour to spontaneously start.”

While everything went according to plan with the the birth of Jett (now three), her second pregnancy left her feeling like “there was no question — I would have another scheduled C-section. But unlike my first delivery, there was no actual medical necessity for this one.”

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As she writes: “On June 6, 2016, I gave birth to my second daughter, Ray. Unlike my first C-section incision, this one didn’t seem to be healing as quickly. In fact, I was experiencing a lot more pain than I did with my first, and at one point, fluid began leaking from the incision.”

The reason: “I had developed an extremely painful infection and it was awful. I was prescribed antibiotics, which fortunately seemed to kill the infection, but it took a whole month for the wound to completely close.”

Her husband — a doctor himself — suspected that she actually picked up the infection while in the hospital. “I was never really aware of just how rampant hospital infections are,” she writes. “And while I spent so much time talking to people about the benefits of a vaginal birth versus the potential risks of an elective C-section for this series, I also thought, ‘It could never happen to me.’ In all honesty, I regret it.”

Through her series, Ling hopes that she can educate women on the possible dangers of C-sections when there are no medical reasons behind them. “I’m grateful that my baby’s OK, and that I’m OK now, but it was not easy,” says Ling. “I hope that when women consider having an elective C-section, they really, really take the time to understand the potential consequences.”

Luckily, Ling and her two daughters are all healthy — although if this photo she posted on Instagram is any indication, perhaps a tad grumpy:


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