The Natural Birth & Women’s Center Staff and I remain concerned
about the high and rising cesarean rates. And we believe reporters should
take a look at long term infant and rising maternal death rates and examine
the facts before reporting that cesareans are safer. We have compliled
a huge database of research on cesarean sections, much of which we have included
your convenience to make your own informed decisions.
The rising cesarean section rate has not improved long term infant outcomes
nor improved survival rates of anyone but high-risk babies. However,
cesarean sections have increased maternal morbidity and death and the
rate are still rising.
Cesarean sections take up to six full weeks to recover
as opposed to vaginal deliveries, which usually take a few hours.
Infection rates are higher in cesarean births, often as high as 33%.
Post cesarean section wound infections are a serious and common
Blood Loss and Death
Cesareans do increase maternal blood loss, hemorrhage and death
rates. Post cesarean healing can cause adhesive tissue to grow
to the abdominal wall causing pain with movement, sex, and
increasing early hysterectomy. Cesareans put future pregnancies
at risk for uterine rupture not only in labor. Uterine ruptures
occur in pregnancy, creating a risk factor women with unscarred
uteruses do not have.
Pregnancy, not birth, causes bladder problems later on
in life. There is conflicting but no real evidence that c-sections improve
chances of having fewer bladder problems. Bladder problems
occur with a large percentage of women who have never been
pregnant. Bladder problems
are more related to genetics and hormones.
Finally, women who give birth by c-section can’t pick up their
baby without pain, nurse without pain, hold or care for other
children at all. Those mothers trade a few hours of labor for at least
weeks of post op pain, often requiring heavy dugs like codeine,
which does get into breast milk.
Accepting reports and “junk science” as fact causes thousands
of women to risk unnecessary surgery by implying surgery
hurt. Maybe we should all look a little harder.
During the Rose Bowl, I was called from a hospital to help
a woman having baby #4 after three successful vaginal
augment the labor with pitocin. This caused a fetal distress
and an emergency c-section. The baby is OK, but the cesarean
to bleed out after the c-section, resulting in a second
surgery to remove her uterus and ovary. The young mother
may make it. But there is a price to pay for doctors
whose real motivation for “planned” cesarean in not reducing
risk, but is beating malpractice cases, and it is a price that is paid
in blood and future
fertility risk by women.
Section Research ~ Looking at the Risk
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Comparing complications in intended vaginal and cesarean
The risk of unexplained antepartum
stillbirth in second pregnancies following cesarean section in the €rst
section Asthma at 8 years of age in children born by C Section
of Delivery – Effects on Gut Microbiota and Humoral
The risk of unexplained antepartum stillbirth in second pregnancies
following cesarean section in the first pregnancy
Maternal brain response to own baby-cry is affected by cesarean
American Society of Anesthesiologists' Practice Guidelines
for Obstetric Anesthesia
Birth by cesarean section, allergic rhinitis, and allergic
sensitization among children with a parental history of atopy
Cesarean section is associated with an increased risk
of childhood-onset type 1 diabetes mellitus- a meta-analysis of observational
Cesarean Delivery and Peripartum Hysterectomy
Cesarean Delivery as a Barrier for Breastfeeding Initiation-
The Puerto Rican Experience
Cesarean Delivery May Affect the Early Biodiversity of
Cesarean Delivery- Background, Trends, and Epidemiology.
The risk of unexplained antepartum stillbirth in second
pregnancies following cesarean section in the €rst pregnancy
Increased risk of stroke in patients who undergo cesarean
section delivery- a nationwide population-based study
Is a breech presentation at term more frequent in women
with a history of cesarean delivery?
Maternal morbidity following a trial of labor after cesarean
section vs elective repeat cesarean delivery- a systematic review with
of Postpartum Pain Associated with Vaginal and Cesarean Deliveries-
Results of a National
Severe maternal morbidity and the mode of delivery
delivered by elective cesarean section- cohort risk of respiratory
Incidence and risk patterns
of venous thromboembolism in pregnancy and puerperium—a register-based
to Research on other topics
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