Has anyone personally encountered this, or known a doctor who would do it?
There's been press about this in the past few years, along with a "too posh to push" philosophy, and it seems very disturbing on so many levels. I don't have a link handy, but one story even said that in Brazil, the C-section rate for middle class women exceeds 90%!
It's actually considered disgraceful in some circles to deliver vaginally, according to the source.
Every woman I have ever known who has experienced both has said that a vaginal birth is MUCH less painful, even a very traumatic delivery vs. a c-section with no labor at all.
Keep in mind that this is not a criticism of necessary c-sections.
There was a story in my local paper a while back about the increasing c-section rate. All of the doctors said they did not do them per patient's request unless the circumstances were very unusual. One doctor said (with the patient's permission) that he had recently performed such an operation, but the woman's prior birth had been so traumatic, she had to have her entire vagina surgically reconstructed.
She really did not want to go through that again, and he agreed it would not be wise.
I didn't have kids, but I couldn't imagine ANYTHING being the same after a 4th degree tear. OUCH!
Last edit by rph3664 on Oct 14, '07
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