I was diagnosed with severe PE, borderline HELLP syndrome (platelets were low enough to qualify for Level II HELLP, but red blood cells and liver enzymes were just short of diagnostic), at 35 weeks in my first pregnancy. The MFM who saw me at that time said, and I quote, "I don't know if you're praying people, but you need to pray the induction works. A c-section would kill you." Obviously, the induction was a success.
I was diagnosed with mild PE just short of 37 weeks with my second. Another successful induction.
Third time around, I was pregnant with twins. I fired one OB because she wanted to "get [my] c-section on the schedule" at my 20-week appointment even though there was no indication for it at that time. I was diagnosed with PIH at 22 weeks, mild PE at 31 weeks, and had another successful induction at 36 weeks, followed by severe post partum PE.
So no c-sections for me. If my children's lives had been at risk, I wouldn't have hesitated to put my own on the line with a surgical birth, but I wasn't about to take on that risk just for fun.
You can read the long version of my story here: http://whatyourunningfor.blogspot.com/2012/05/my-story-part-1.html
Good luck on becoming a midwife. I also am looking for survivor stories to share on my blog. If you'd like to share your story with me, you can e-mail me at email@example.com
Wife to Brett 6/30/02
Mom to Ethne Joy 10/12/03, 35 weeks, severe PE
Mom to Catie Grace 12/8/06, 37 weeks, mild PE
Mom to Riley Faith and Gavin Arthur 7/7/09, 36 weeks, PIH 22 weeks, PE 31 weeks, severe post partum PE
Mom to two angels 12/05 and 7/08
Running a Marathon for the PF: http://www.whatyourunningfor.blogspot.com