Our expert says:
Medically, it is probably slightly more risky for the baby to be born vaginally. On the other side, more babies get 'wet lung' after elective caesareans as the water is not squeezed out as they pass through the birth canal. This is not a serious condition.
Psychologically, I think this really depends on the attitiude of the mother. Some women feel that they have failed by having a caesarean, yet they would not feel this way if they had to have an operation for a burst appendix. Both these situations are outside the individual's control most of the time. With epidural anaesthetics, bonding with the baby is not affected.
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