An Alberta physician is saying we need to promote elective c-sections as an option for birth. What do you think?
To me this is very sad. C-sections are there to save lives when necessary. The risk of death for mom and baby are 3 times higher for planned c-section than vaginal delivery. You guarantee harm to the body instead of risk of harm with a vaginal delivery.
How can a physician be abiding by their oath of first do no harm when they are for sure doing harm to that woman’s body?
The other thing to take into consideration is that much of the damage to the pelvic floor that happens with childbirth is due to unnecessary intervention. If women had natural births without epidurals and episiotomies there would be much less pelvic floor damage. It is the system of birth that is causing damage not birth itself.
The solution is not to cause damage to different parts of the body. Your abdominal muscles are the core of all movement in the body. How is cutting through them more acceptable than needing to do pelvic floor exercises to restrengthen?
There is so much to say about this, especially in the context of socialized health care. Elective surgery that carries more risk of needing more health care for mom and baby should not be the burden of tax payers.
It is scary to me how much lack of respect there is for the human body that people can be nonchalant about cutting it open instead of letting it do what it knows how to do. It’s like having surgery to get pooh out instead of risking getting hemorrhoids or tearing your anus a little bit. Surgery in all cases should be a last resort not a first choice.
Informed choice is fine when women are actually informed. It is rare that a physician will actually discuss all the risks of c-section. When physicians themselves are afraid of birth and are choosing c-sections for themselves you can see the lack of respect for the body and the process of birth.