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Do You Think "Choosy Mothers Choose Caesareans"?

Do You Think "Choosy Mothers Choose Caesareans"?

When my mother was having children doctors didn't offer the option of having a planned caesarean section — it was just something that happened when the woman went into labor and complications arose. Today, women are more apt to debate the benefits and risks of vaginal births and caesarean sections, so much so that Time Magazine recently reported "Choosy Mothers Choose Caesareans." Here's more:

On the medical side, better anesthesia and antibiotics are making the procedure safer. Add to that the growing number of women delaying childbirth, those having twins or triplets as a result of in vitro fertilization and America's exploding obesity epidemic — all of which increase the risks of vaginal delivery...In an increasingly technological and medicalized society, maybe even childbirth is losing some of its magic and becoming less about the miracle of life and more about simply getting a baby out safely and without incident.

According to Time, rates of C-sections have been climbing every year in the past decade in the US, reaching a high of 31percent of all live births in 2006. That's a 50 percent increase since 1996. It's not just in the US though, apparently in certain hospitals in Brazil, 80 percent of babies are delivered by caesarean.


plus_2_kid plus_2_kid 8 years
Women ARE choosing to have c-sections - by choosing drugs either as major pain relief or to induce, or by having an epidural, they are dramatically increasing the chances that they will have a c-section. A doped up baby can't help out in the birthing process and this increases the need for c-sections. While while very few women go into the process saying "I want a section!" almost everyone that I know has said "I want an epidural". By choosing an epidural, you ARE choosing a greatly increased chance of a c-section. I don't know how many women realize this.
starofsorrow starofsorrow 8 years
I don't think it's being choosey to have a c-section. I have a friend that recenlty had a baby, and she delivered via a c-section. She had a few reasons for choosing that: one, she already delivered her previous baby via c-section because her head was too big to safely fit through the birth canal, and could have resulted in some major life-or-death issues for both the mother and baby, and two, she wanted to have her tubes tied so she wouldn't have any more children. She was already aware of the risks since she had a c-section previously for health reasons, so yeah.
Coldplayer Coldplayer 9 years
I do not understand the desire to have an elective c-section. I had to have an emergency c-section, and I wish that had not been the case. As a result of the surgery, my uterus tore and I have to have c-sections in the future; no VBAC for me :( It is a major surgery that is not easier to recover from than vaginal birth. It may be "easier" in that you are not pushing a baby out, but I missed the first two hours of my son's life because I was knocked out.
snowysakurasky snowysakurasky 9 years
Thanks for getting back to me, future. I am sorry that with all the support those high society ladies have access to, they don't want to give their children the best food possible! They are missing out too...
latent latent 9 years
As someone who had a necessary c-section the first time, and electives thereafter, I can say that the risks of the surgery (and that first week after it) make it worthy of serious consideration before committing to it. But I'm not going to sit in judgment on any woman has a child in a manner different from the way I did, she's a mother, she's got her child, the child is (presumably) healthy. I don't care how it got here as long as it's loved and taken care of.
future-mom future-mom 9 years
Kamiko82, your comment cracked me up, I should have used the term breastfeeding instead of nurse. Yes, I did mean that the babies are raised on formula, not wet nurses.
Mishell Mishell 9 years
What happened to the Hypocratic Oath, "First do no harm...". Elective c-sections are irresponsible. They should be left only for medical reasons.
Twinkle1 Twinkle1 9 years
Ditto what Jen76 said. C-sections should only be used as a last resort.
snowysakurasky snowysakurasky 9 years
future mom, do the babies you speak of drink formula then? you don't actually mean that they have wet nurses, do you?
caligirl101 caligirl101 9 years
dido ya'll.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 9 years
I've never understood why women choose c-sections over a vaginal birth. Obviously if it's for the health of the baby or mother that is different but some of the women I know who have chosen the c-section was just because it was their choice, I just don't understand their thinking.
facin8me facin8me 9 years
I think this is one of those things that is a very personal decision between a woman and her doctor. Just because elective c-sections exist does not mean you'll be forced to have one. Some people find birthing and laboring very empowering and want a natural birth and some people do not see labor as empowering and do not want to go that route. I don't think women are being fooled into thinking c-sections are a cakewalk, just as vaginal birth is not a cakewalk. I think that as women we need to give other women a little more credit and not belittle their motives for electing a c-section. I personally don't think that not wanting a few more stretch marks or wanting to choose the exact due dates are good reasons for electing a c-section, but I do think that we need to be aware that some women are victims of sexual assault or other violence that might influence their decision to choose a c-section. Some women may be further traumatized by the invasion of privacy during medical interventions or by the simple act of birthing because it conjures up bad memories. I don't think these women should be denied the chance to be mothers simply because they do not want to have a vaginal birth.
abqmama abqmama 9 years
I totally agree with all the other comments. I think that is a ridiculous and irresponsible to schedule a c-section when a woman is perfectly capable of a vaginal birth. As a natural birthing mom I am appalled at how many women choose a c-section for convenience or because they are afraid to go through the pain of labor.
rgrl rgrl 9 years
But the real question is, why do doctors and hospitals even allow for that option? I think it's because it's more convenient and more money for them! Women are kind of being fooled into thinking it's a better choice.
ashleyinspain ashleyinspain 9 years
I don't really care if it is selfish or not--this decision doesn't really have any effect on me. But I would have liked to have been able to vote with jennifer76. I think if the best way for a baby to be born is through the abdomen, our bodies would be designed that way. Instead, a c-section is a major surgery and affects your ability to hold and care for your new baby. Not to mention doing things like driving to the store for more diapers! In the UK they call these women "too posh to push".
shelnew19 shelnew19 9 years
I agree, future mom. It's almost as if the idea of being surprised with when the baby will come is a serious inconvenience to them.
future-mom future-mom 9 years
I agree with lilruck44-please watch the Business of Being Born. If a c-section is warranted, by all means do what needs to be done for the baby and mother. I live in New York, and a TON of women I know schedule c-sections because they are afraid of the pain, they all have baby nurses, refuse to nurse and count down the days until they can get back to the gym. I thought having a baby was suppose to be a selfless act, I feel like a lot of women are missing the point.
LiLRuck44 LiLRuck44 9 years
I agree with everything you said HipMom, I think it's selfish to elect a c-section. Has anyone seen "The Business of Being Born"? It's a documentary done by Ricki Lake, and it's fantastic IMO.
HipMom HipMom 9 years
I'm totally with you ladies. I think that unfortunately a lot of people are choosing a C-section because they THINK it's easier than going through labor, and also because they schedule it a few weeks before their due date to avoid further weight gain - that's really irresponsible and selfish IMO. Also, C-sections aren't safer, that's just a LIE. If a woman takes the time to know what happens suring labor and to learn ways to tune into her body and use contractions, her position and everything to her advance, there's nothing safer than a vaginal delivery. C-sections have a place, like other emreggency surgeries do, but it shouldn't be legal to have elective C-sections for anything other than medical reasons.
Lil-Maw Lil-Maw 9 years
From someone who had a C-Section, it is definitely not "less eventful or easier". Not only did I need to have two blood transfusions due to hemmorraging, my lungs were also flooded causing edema and I spent five days after my son was born hooked up to a Lasix drip trying to get rid of the swelling in my entire body. Not to mention how painful it is to try to sit up for the first few times. I think it's naive to think that having a c-section is a cakewalk. It's a very serious surgery and should be looked upon in that way.
jennifer76 jennifer76 9 years
Wish I could have voted "No. A C-section is a very serious procedure and arguably shouldn't be chosen for any reason other than the health of mom or baby. Choosing a c-section for convenience does not a choosy mother make."
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