Curious About Cesarean Births
Today, one in three pregnant women will give birth in the USA by Cesarean birth. Cesarean birth is major surgery and can come with complications.
The arguments for having one are weak. If you are in good health and your pregnancy is fine, and baby is fine, there’s no reason to have one. A surgical birth is a life saving option for those moms and babies who need it for medical reasons.
What’s happening? what’s causing the increase in surigal births?
Fear about labor is a big one. Some women would rather bypass the whole labor experience, have surgery, and just wake up with a baby in their arms often because of the fear of pain. Fear instilled by the medical community. For example, the argument that your baby is “too big” to deliver vaginally.
Too many cases are disproving this. Not to mention women delivering healthy babies at 10 and 14lbs! There are true cases of “CPD” (Cephlo/Pelvic Disproportion, a physical conflict between size of baby and the size of mother’s hips). But I find it hard to believe that so many expectant women would have this to warrant so many surgical births.
I find it very odd that outside the maternal arena the idea of surgery is taken more seriously and second opinions are sought to justify the surgery. Yet when it comes to a pregnant women, surgery is an option and casually explored and more often than not , done – without a second opinion.
There are more Cesarean sections done, as a medical procedure, than any other medical surgery:
Surgery Statistics (Health Information Website)
According to the latest data from the National Center for Health Statistics, 45 million inpatient surgical procedures were performed in the United States in 2007, followed closely by outpatient surgeries.
Other surgical statistics for both in- and outpatient procedures include:
- Hysterectomy: 517,000
- Cesarean section: 1.3 million
- Reduction of fracture: 677,000
- Coronary artery bypass graft: 404,000
- Total knee replacement: 543,000
- Total hip replacement: 230,000
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Online Resources of Surgical Care
Last reviewed: 7/15/2011
What to do?
- get a midwife as your care provider
- if you can’t get a midwife, interview doctors, get second opinions
- stay with the doctor that supports your values and desires and gives you options
- learn about the labor process and ways you can manage it using your abilities
- learn pain management skills (meditation, hypnosis) – they work
Birth bold, Lesly 🙂