I did have a completely elective c-section in March 2011. My birth story is on this forum. Mine was a completely elective c-section because there was no real medical reason to do the c-section, it was just my preference at this point.I had 3 prior vaginal deliveries. Two of the the 3 were very traumatic for me. Hard to go into full detail here, but the main of it is they were long and my epi's did not work, and so there was LOTS of the worst pain ever involved. My first they had to use forceps to get him out, my third was turned looking up instead of down and the doc had to stick his hand in and physically turn him while I was pushing. Both of these things are extremely painful to have to go through. And I tore very bad with all three. Severely the first time. And had severe post-partum hemmorhage with all 3 as well. They had to do an immediate D&C after my first delivery, and with my 3rd I didn't hemmorhage right away but I ended up passing out due to the bloodloss later and they had to rush the doc back to the hospital.These are all parts and pieces to those stories, but I just knew going in to my 4th and final pregnancy, I didn't have it in me to do it again. I had nothing to prove to anyone, I had already had 3 vaginal deliveries and knew what to expect for myself, and I really just wanted to have one birth that I could look back to kind of fondly on. Knowing what I had been thru with the vaginal experiences, I felt like I really didn't have any options left. I knew what I would most likely get if I had another vaginal delivery, and a c-section was the only way I could possibly come out with something better, in my opinion.But, there was HUGE fear of that decision as well, cause I didn't know what a c-section was really like. All I knew was what I had seen others go through. And seriously, I had seen women who had c-sections who were getting around much better than I was even while they were still in the hospital. I was shocked, but it gave me hope that maybe there was an easier way than what I had been through.When I told my doc, he of course didn't like the idea of doing surgery that wasn't absolutely necessary. But, he assisted my 3rd delivery, and knew my history and he said, "I know you've given it your all, and I will fully support whatever you decide." He knew I wasn't just being naive about the whole birthing process.With this last delivery, I was scheduled for a Friday, but ended up going into labor the day before. So, we bumped the c-section to that day instead. And my doc even gave me the last chance then to change my mind, he said he thought I was stronger than I gave myself credit for, but I said, "No, I just want to stick to the plan."And my experience even surpassed my expectations. It was the peaceful, calm birth I had always wanted. Just looked little different than my original picture had been. In my two most traumatic experiences, the pain was the only thing I could focus on during the time of the actual birth. I don't remember their cries, I remember how bad it hurt and how I wanted to be anywhere in the world but there! But, with my c-section, I felt nothing and I heard her beautiful cry immediately and that was my total focus from that point.After my traumatic deliveries, I couldn't even look at or hold the babies right away anyway. I was still in so much pain, I felt like I had just been through war, and I needed time to "recover" before I could focus on anything else. Not to mention with the first delivery, they were still working on me for an hour or more after the actual delivery. That's not the way I wanted my first meeting with my babies to be.Just overall, I am so glad I went with the c-section, and I would do it again. It's not the ideal for everyone cause not everyone has to experience vaginal birth the way I have. Birth is personal, and we all have dreams and expectations from it. So, I think it's unfair to expect everyone to deliver the same way just because it worked well for one person. And I think that we all should be prepared to adapt our ideal picture and be open to using other methods if they can give us the best desired outcome possible.