Wednesday

elective c-sections are dangerous

I am alarmed by the growing number of "elective" c-sections and inductions I see all around me. I am also alrmed by the fact that more and more otherwise competent doctors seem readily willing to do these medical procedures for the "convenience" of mother or doctor, or because the woman is scared to death of giving birth vaginally.

THIS ARTICLE makes a strong case that there's a lot to worry about with these trends, for both babies and women.

C-sections and labor induction are important, major medical procedures that can and do save lives when necessary. But they are rarely necessary and when used willy-nilly, as they increasingly are, they can be dangerous.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Well, keep a sewing kit handy the next time your partner has a vaginal birth and all will be well...

Anonymous said...

I've also heard that the baby actually triggers when labor happens, and the underlying cause is a layer of a specialized substance in the baby's brain---when its used up, the baby decides to be born. Its interesting that with the rise in caesarian birth there has also been a rise in neurological issues for infants, including autism.

dewi said...

The reason for the increased mortality is that labor is beneficial to the baby in releasing hormones that promote healthy lung function. The
physical compression of the baby during labor is also useful in removing fluid from the lungs and helping the baby prepare to breathe air.

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