I realise I may provoke some strong reactions by asking this, but I would be very interested to hear people's views. I asked my midwife about it, and she looked horrified and asked why I would ever consider having one that wasn't medically necessary. There are a few reasons. A very good friend of mine who had a natural birth recently had a really awful experience: she was told it was too late for her to have an epidural, she had a horrendously painful time, and then afterwards learned that the damage done to her pelvic floor muscles during labour was probably irreparable. Apparently she didn't have any of the risk factors (large baby etc) but it still happened. And that was in addition to the 'usual' tearing etc.
More than anything I am worried about something going wrong during a natural delivery and the baby being harmed (e.g. the baby being stuck in the birth canal). Did anyone see 'One Born Every Minute' last night? If so, you would have seen that poor woman whose baby's shoulders got stuck and who had an agonising wait while the midwives sorted it out. It all turned out ok in the end but it was quite a serious situation. How can it be good for a baby (particularly the head) to get that squashed?? In contrast, they also showed someone else having a c-section: after they'd made the incisions etc they fished the baby out in about thirty seconds - no problems.
I am aware that there is a longer recovery time for c-sections, but then I've also heard from friends that have had natural births that it takes a while to recover from those too! You're weakened because of blood loss from tearing etc. Also, I don't drive anyway so that side of things is not going to affect me.
All thoughts (particularly reassurance from people who have had natural births!) gratefully received!