I am still amazed by the sheer volume of people who end up with a c-section that could have been avoided with just a little more education.  There ARE ways to avoid surgery and we as women need to learn how exactly.  And the misconceptions about when cesareans are necessary is dumbfounding to me.  So while I am certain to get flamed for this oh well...caution-meet wind.

 

Did you have a c-section for "big baby"?  It was probably unnecessary

Did you have an epidural, pitocin, or have your water broken artificially and then go on to have a c-section?  It was probably unnecessary.

Did you labor on your back in bed and then have a c-section?  It was probably unnecessary.

Did you have any of the above interventions and then have a c-section?  It was probably unnecessary.

Did you have a c-section because you had one last time?  It was almost certainly unnecessary. 

Did you go past due and then have a c-section for being past your due date?  It was probably unnecessary.

Did you have a c-section because of 'failure to progress'?  It was probably unnecessary.

Did you have a c-section because you didn't want to push, didn't want the "pain", wanted to keep your vaginal tone, or wanted the convenience of scheduling?  It was without a doubt unnecessary.

 

 

I could probably use the term "avoidable" interchangably but I think "unnecessary" makes more of an impact.  This is to get people thinking.

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cinva...
Jun. 2, 2008 at 12:44 PM are you a doctor?

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older...
Jun. 2, 2008 at 1:13 PM She doesn't have to be a doctor. She just has to care enough to educate herself.  There is nothing out there that doctors have learned that you can't learn yourself.  Besides the fact that doctors are trained to fix medical problems whereas pregnancy and birth are not problems, but normal processes.  Midwives are trained in normal delivery and oversee childbirth in everywhere but the good old USA which has a very high rates of Maternal and Neonatal Death in addition to unnecessary c-sections, and the totally useless episiotomy. 

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mbmomof3
Jun. 2, 2008 at 1:14 PM

lol are you serious?

 

cinvargas Jun. 2, 2008 at 12:44 PM (Delete)

are you a doctor?

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Birth...
Jun. 2, 2008 at 1:31 PM Oh yes...you'll have fun responses. LOL

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Birth...
Jun. 2, 2008 at 1:32 PM

U dont no me lady...U shudent judge!

 

Hehehe...had to. 

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Roosbabe
Jun. 2, 2008 at 1:33 PM

YOUR AREN'T MY DOCTOR!!!  YOU DON'T KNOW MY MEDICAL HISTORY!!!  STOP JUDGING ME!!!!!!!

jk, love the post.  Very nice.  I'd rather push a 13 pound baby out of the hole that is already there any day instead of having my gut sliced open.  eek.  Call me weak, but csections scare me, unecessary ones even more so.

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asaffell
Jun. 3, 2008 at 12:32 PM

So true. I'm glad there are people saying these things, because until we can say "yes, this was unnecessary or avoidable" they'll never improve. :)

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mbmomof3
Jun. 5, 2008 at 2:50 PM what is everyone all of the sudden birth "savvy"?  Only 7 comments...7??? that is pathetic.

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Malho...
Jun. 11, 2008 at 1:30 PM I completely agree!

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CTMom...
Jun. 19, 2008 at 5:01 PM You do not have to be a doctor to educate yourself on the cesarean birth epidemic in this country and how dangerous it is to mothers and babies!

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