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Choose Your Own Birth Experience

Choose Your Own Birth Experience

It has become increasingly common to hear of moms-to-be choosing to have elective cesareans without a medical need. This has spurred much debate regarding the safety of mother and baby (after all, it is a major surgery that can take months to recover from), as well as the unnecessary cost to hospitals, insurance companies, and ultimately the taxpayers.

One BBC article reports that the UK’s National Health Service Trust has set up guidelines trying to cut down on the number of cesareans performed in hospitals. The article goes on to report about one hospital in particular (Leicester General Hospital) that has reduced the cesarean rate from the nation’s average 23% (about 1 in 4) to 19% (1 in 5) simply by encouraging women to have vaginal births.

According to the Center for Disease Control’s most recent report, cesarean delivery has risen to over 30% (more that 3 in 10) of all births in the United States. Proponents of cesarean delivery on a mother’s request argue that it is a woman’s right to make her own medical decisions when it comes to the birth of her child. It is also a common perception among those choosing a c-section that opting out of vaginal birth reduces the risk of incontinence later in life.

What do you think? Should there be more clear-cut guidelines implemented into US health policy dealing with cesarean deliveries? Or should the birth decision be left solely to the mother’s discretion?

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  • lola_michele By lola_michele
    05.08.07  

    I think that if a C-Section is needed for medical reasons then it is fine. I was reading about how when you have a C-Section you aren't able to hold your baby immediately. I know that probably doesn't impact the decisions of the people who chose to have the for (UUHHMM) cosmetic purposes, but i have had two beautiful children vaginally and I can't imagine what it would be like not to get to hold my new baby for 45 minutes while the doctor sews up the gigantic incision that I chose to have him make.

  • Rocker-mom By Rocker-mom
    05.09.07  

    After having 2 C-Sections, the first unscheduled after 25 hours of labor, the second scheduled, I would never have voluntarily opted for either unless my delivering vaginally compromised the babies. It is major surgery, and all birth options need to explored.

  • deedees77 By deedees77
    05.09.07  

    C-sections should only be for mothers who need it for medical reasons not because they do not want to do the work to have their children. I have 3 and I am pregnant with my 4th and I would not want to have a c-section just so I could take the "easy way out". As for insurance companies they should not cover the c-sections that are not medically needed. Why would you want to put yourself through the pain and recovery of a c-section if not medically needed.

  • mafalis By mafalis
    05.09.07  

    I had a natural birth with (luckily) no complications. Of course there was pain involved, but nothing I couldn't handle and after my daughter was delivered the pain didn't matter.

  • moonbaby By moonbaby
    05.09.07  

    I am expecting my 3rd child (having had 2 previous c-sections for failure to progress) and my doctors are making me have a 3rd c-section. I would love to try a vbac, but my doctors won't let me. What do you do then.

  • JaxxSaxx By JaxxSaxx
    05.10.07  

    I think we should be able to choose ,it's you'r body you'r chose

  • mary5435 By mary5435
    05.10.07  

    why would you want to go thru MAJOR surgery for no medical reason?!? A friend of mine said she wanted a c-section so she 1. wouldnt have to go thru labor pains. 2. wouldn't "ruin"(her words) the- ahem,-tightness for her partner and 3. her babys head wouldn't be all (her words) deformed from being squished out! WAKE UP!! women were made to give birth the old fashioned way! otherwise we would have a pouch or something!!as for the other reasons...just stupid. thank god for emergency c sections- saves lives! but my opinion- don't go against nature unless you or baby is in danger!

  • mary5435 By mary5435
    05.10.07  

    as for the government or whomever putting guidelines on things like this, i do feel its the mothers choice and we don't need someone/thing telling us what we can do or not do. this is America and each and every one of us needs to fight to keep what rights we have! Never agree to bills that would limit/take away any right--even if you don't personally agree w/ it! KEEP THE POWER WITH THE PEOPLE!!!

  • lockliss By lockliss
    05.19.07  

    My 1st child was an emergency C-section, before I went into labor or had any contractions, the baby was out. My 2nd child was a scheduled C-section and it was wonderful to know when the baby was coming out so my husband could take time off from work too. If I had it to do over, I would not change it.

  • mommyz2 By mommyz2
    05.20.07  

    My 1st was a c-section due to failure to progress. My 2nd was a VBAC. My 2nd was 10lbs-8oz and should have been a c-section. I could have ruptured my uterus which is life threatening. She got stuck and it was very scary for a few minutes. Thank God everything turned out OK. But if I had another one I would choose a C-section. I think each person needs to be informed and discuss risks with the doctor. I don't think you should have major surgery for convienence or vanity.

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