The Jakarta Post
For Sari Tjakrawiralaksana, 42, the pain of giving birth to her son 10 years ago did not only stem from post-caesarean wounds, but also the undermining remarks coming from her relatives.
"Ten years ago in Indonesia, mothers giving birth through caesarean section [c-section] of their own will were not seen as being mothers as a whole," she told The Jakarta Post on Sunday.
She recalled her long wait for any cervix dilation, which was nowhere in sight although she had experienced constant and intense contractions every 5 minutes for the whole day. After consulting with her husband and mother, she told her doctor of her decision to proceed with the surgery.
"The decision to resort to a c-section is not and never will be easy for any mother [...] Our considerations at the time were only my son's condition and myself, as at the time I was alr...