More Hospitals Banning Elective C-Sections - page 4

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    When I went to Nicaragua recently on a surgical mission trip, I was SHOCKED that every single laboring woman was sectioned. They were not given a choice. If they came to the hospital in labor, they were immediately taken to the OR. One day we had 10 sections! I don't understand their rationale.

    Can you imagine?!?
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    Quote from canesdukegirl
    When I went to Nicaragua recently on a surgical mission trip, I was SHOCKED that every single laboring woman was sectioned. They were not given a choice. If they came to the hospital in labor, they were immediately taken to the OR. One day we had 10 sections! I don't understand their rationale.

    Can you imagine?!?
    Oh my...
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    Quote from canesdukegirl
    When I went to Nicaragua recently on a surgical mission trip, I was SHOCKED that every single laboring woman was sectioned. They were not given a choice. If they came to the hospital in labor, they were immediately taken to the OR. One day we had 10 sections! I don't understand their rationale.

    Can you imagine?!?
    I have a question for the OB folks ... could this possibly have been because of concerns about Group B strep?

    It is shocking.
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    Quote from Altra
    I have a question for the OB folks ... could this possibly have been because of concerns about Group B strep?

    It is shocking.
    That is a possibility. Or maybe some high risk of STI's? I don't know but that is an excellent question.
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    Quote from CrazierThanYou
    I have. I've known many who are "afraid" to do it vaginally.
    I never had kids, but every woman I've ever known who's experienced both has said that a vaginal birth is MUCH less painful in the long run, even if the section was performed with no labor at all.

    Yes, there are some women who are that afraid of it, and sadly, there are some SO's who want their wives/girlfriends to have them so she won't get stretched out down there. Why one earth would any woman want to have a baby with a man that selfish, anyway?

    As for convenience, if they think the baby's birth is inconvenient, just try raising the thing.
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    Quote from canesdukegirl
    When I went to Nicaragua recently on a surgical mission trip, I was SHOCKED that every single laboring woman was sectioned. They were not given a choice. If they came to the hospital in labor, they were immediately taken to the OR. One day we had 10 sections! I don't understand their rationale.

    Can you imagine?!?
    WHY ON EARTH did they do that? Or did they have a previous mission team who was too free with the knife? Was this a place like Ethiopia where fistulas are a huge problem (see the PBS program "A Walk To Beautiful" for more information)?

    I've read that in some wealthy Brazilian communities, there's a philosophy called "too posh to push", and their section rate exceeds 90%.

    ETA: They weren't doing involuntary sterilizations, were they? I couldn't imagine missionaries doing this, but there have been cases of this even here in the U.S.
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    I had 2 elective c sections. They are great and I would do it again. One of the problems with the bad sentiments and statistics against elective c sections is that there is not good and conclusive data on elective c sections vs. c sections performed under conditions of duress and/or trauma. An elective c section is performed under ideal conditions - in a state absent of or before the advent of duress/trauma. The patient is in peak condition and the procedure is fast. That data of such c- sections is shunted into the same catagory with duress c-sections so the results are skewed showing mortality and morbidity that are likely due to the poor conditions of the other procedures.

    In my case conditions and outcomes were ideal. I don't feel I missed out on any part of motherhood. After birth I felt in good shape to enjoy my new baby and as an added bonus, I did not suffer any vaginal trauma, cutting, or perforations that 3 of my close friends had to go for follow up surgeries (and in one case more than a year of embarrasing issues.) I've read one expert who is pro elective C section because of all the, urine and fecal incontinence, prolapse and pelvic floor disorders he sees in his practice in later years due to vaginal births. Many of the complications of vaginal births are not readily revealed by sufferers due to embarrassment, and are not typically seen by the gynecologists who deliver the babies so the connection is not readily observed, reported and known to the public.
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    Quote from Elvish
    Or she doesn't want to labor and/or deliver vaginally because she doesn't want to get stretched out 'down there'.
    There's plastic surgery for that.
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    Quote from CrazierThanYou
    Can't handle childbirth? Don't get pregnant. Simple.
    That's a little judgmental don't you think? There's a lot of women out there who are scared of childbirth (I'm one of them) and education is the key, not making silly blanket statements.

    I don't really have a strong opinion on the subject because my knowledge of childbirth etc is very limited. I guess as long as it's not done before the baby has developed why does it matter whether it's vaginal or through an incision? I can see why some women would chose it as an option, I personally would consider it if I choose to have children. I mean who wants to push something the size of a melon through your vagina (ouch!) , be in labor for hours, crap yourself in front of strangers and end up with an incision anyway? (epistotomy) Sounds pretty medieval, I think I'd rather go with a c-section.
    Last edit by Scrubby on Nov 19, '11
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    Quote from Scrubby
    That's a little judgmental don't you think? There's a lot of women out there who are scared of childbirth (I'm one of them) and education is the key, not making silly blanket statements.

    I don't really have a strong opinion on the subject because my knowledge of childbirth etc is very limited. I guess as long as it's not done before the baby has developed why does it matter whether it's vaginal or through an incision? I can see why some women would chose it as an option, I personally would consider it if I choose to have children. I mean who wants to push something the size of a melon through your vagina (ouch!) , be in labor for hours, crap yourself in front of strangers and end up with an incision anyway? (epistotomy) Sounds pretty medieval, I think I'd rather go with a c-section.

    First let me say I am not an OB nurse and would never consider myself to be a "natural birth" fanatic but I am a mother of 2 kids. Trust me, it is no where near as bad as it sounds pain wise (and I had one without any pain meds because of a cord wrapped around his neck with a low fetal heart rate with each contraction). As soon as that baby is out the pain is gone. Later that same day (each time) I'm up and around feeling great...my roommate post C-section is in the next bed moaning and groaning in pain, can't even sit up and hurts to bad to even hold her baby. You will have pain either way. Guess I would as soon get it over with.
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