More and more women are opting to have an unnecessary C-Section because they believe it will be safer… unfortunately that could not be farther from the truth.
Mothers who have a Cesarean Section face an increased risk of:
- maternal mortality 😦
- Hemorrhage requiring a blood transfusion
- Accidental cutting of the bowel
- Accidental cutting of the uterine artery
- Surgical trauma to bladder
- Increased postpartum infection
- Scar pain
- Long-term severe back pain
- Pulmonary embolism
- Anesthesia mishaps
Babies born via a Cesarean Section face an increased risk of
- Food Allergies
- Accidental fetal laceration
- Respiratory distress
- Accidental premature birth
But why would a doctor recommend it if it isn’t safe?
Yes, there are situations where a Cesarean Section is necessary to save the mother’s and/or baby’s life. However the rate of unnecessary c-sections is increasing every year. Doctor’s frequently use the rationale of “safety” to promote a procedure that is actually more risky because it is:
- more convenient (can be scheduled Monday-Friday, 9AM – 5PM)
- less likely to result in a lawsuit (because the mother chooses the procedure instead of it resulting from an emergency)
- more expensive and requires more equipment to perform (more money in your doctor’s wallet)
Fit Pregnancy shared some simple ways to avoid a C-Section:
- Use a midwife
- Hire a birth doula
- Labor at home as long as possible
- Avoid being induced
- “C-Section Babies 5 Times More Likely To Develop Allergies.” Medical News Today. MediLexicon International, n.d. Web. 09 Dec. 2014.
- Gaskin, Ina May. Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth. New York: Bantam, 2003. Print.
- Wagner, Marsden. Born in the USA: How a Broken Maternity System Must Be Fixed to Put Mothers and Infants First. Berkeley: U of California, 2006. Print.