In my opinion, if there is time to discuss other options, or time to start an epidural or spinal, or time to "wait" for a spot in the OR, etc... then no, it's not a true emergency. AND I believe that quite a few of the c-sections are MADE necessary by the doctor and his/her interventions. I still consider those "necessary" sections to be unnecessary. If you were induced and needed a c-section, it was unnecessary. If your water was broken, it was an unnecessary section. If you were drugged and laying in a bed and baby was in a "bad" position, it was an unnecessary section. etc, etc, etc.
okay...I would just like to say...WTF? I responded to this journal post asking her what she though a woman should do if a c-section is necessary. Am I the only one who thinks that c-sections ARE necessary sometimes? (even if they aren't...to each his own) but come on, people used to die all the time during childbirth. Why put yourself and your child at risk just so that you can say you had a natural childbirth?