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Caesareans vs. Vaginal Deliveries

Pushing For the Knife, Not the Baby

It is becoming increasingly popular for expectant moms to choose their baby–to–be's due date by scheduling c–sections.

According to a 2007 MSNBC report, "29 percent of all American births are done via c–section."

Christina Aguilera freely told People magazine that she opted for a caesarian delivery of baby Max. She said:

I didn’t want any surprises. Honestly, I didn’t want any tearing. I had heard horror stories of women going in and having to have an emergency c-section. The hardest part was deciding on his birthday. I wanted to leave it up to fate, but at the same time I was ready to be done early!

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In many instances, c–sections are necessary for the baby and mother's well–being. But more and more, they are elective as mums–to–be are fearful of the vaginal laboring process or its consequences (incontinence and/or vaginal tearing). And many doctors are happy to oblige the requesting patient.

In Ricky Lake's movie, The Business of Being Born, the film claims physicians and hospitals even encourage these type surgeries because it increases profits. And for some doctors, c–sections pose less liability, especially for mothers who have experienced previous c–sections.

However, caesareans are like any other surgery — risky and can be complicated by blood clots, anesthesia, or infections. And as we reported recently, having multiple caesareans can bring on other sets of complications.

What do you think about elective c–sections? Would you choose to have one?


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