………..ok……..so what stuck out for me was the myth of maternal requested c-section. I have to say I wouldn’t have called it a myth. With many famous women having such surgeries and hearing about this trend in the media I assumed that this was in fact part of why so many women now have surgical birth. If just 1 in 16,000 women surveyed by Childbirth Connection (I’m assuming via their Listening to Mothers II survey) requested and had a c-section for non-medical reasons, then why has this been portrayed as a major cause of the rising c-section rates?
I have two theories. As I’ve mentioned, celebrities are having c-sections just because they want them. One of the most notorious of them is Britney Spears. She had c-sections because she didn’t want to experience the pain of childbirth. (What a dope! Surgical pain for days, if not weeks, is a better alternative?) Then there is Too Posh To Push, aka Victoria Beckham, Kate Hudson, and Elizabeth Hurley to name just a few. I'm sure we'll be adding Nicole Ritchie to this list because, frankly, she'd need to eat in order to have enough strength for a vaginal birth. Because these famous women chose surgical birth the media hypes it as the “in thing”. Just like Botox.
My other theory is that it is being propagated by obstetricians. I’m certainly not saying that all obstetricians support or perform maternal requested c-sections but if there is an internal dialogue movement within their profession then word will get out. The
I am very worried about the climbing c-section rate. When I first began working in this field seven years ago 1 in 5 women had a c-section. Now it is 1 in 3. Firstly, I believe that we perform too many unnecessary surgeries created out of our own doing. As the Childbirth Connection article mentions, some labor interventions have been linked with higher c-sections rates. Secondly, I don’t think we are going to see a stabilization of this rate any time soon. More and more obstetricians are denying women the VBAC option and there is worsening litigious practice underlying medical decisions. Thirdly, I have a personal fear that I will be one of the three women giving birth by c-section. There are some obstetricians who would consider me a c-section waiting to happen….I’m obese, short, have PCOS (a nice set up for gestational diabetes), and will likely be advanced maternal age (35 and older) when I do have children.