ABSTRACT: One hundred and five women who had cesarean sections were interviewed to assess their feelings about their births. Forty-one percent of the women were told they had to have a cesarean fewer than two hours before, and 35% were repeat cesareans. Statistical data are presented on women's reasons for feeling cesareans were harder, easier, or not different, including the finding that 30% felt relief at having a cesarean. Sources of stress and negative feelings after cesareans are discussed.