So are you hoping that the equation *will* change, and that C-birth will someday be 'safer' than normal physiological birth? I don't think that I am alone in confusion here.
I do want to understand what you are saying, and I hope that you can expand/clarify this. I think it is a valuable and interesting conversation, but I am not completely tracking with what you are saying.
well if i could have any wish, they'd both be 100% safe!
i think vaginal birth should always be the default, with a c/s when necessary. i have no idea what the c/s rate "should" be, but i'm pretty sure it should be a whole lot lower than it is. 10 or 15%?? i doubt c/s will ever be safer, because i don't see how you can eliminate the risk to moms. it's not like they can be done laporscopically!
i am not anti-c/s though. i don't like the way it's kind of demonized as a second-rate birth. i know it is for some people, but everyone's different.
it's a strange topic, because while it's kind of theoretical for me, there are women like stormbride for whom it's absolutley not theoretical. my heart breaks for them. i just want to be able to do one small part, and that's have an honest discussion about risks, even if 100% of the discussion doesn't jive with the rest of my beliefs. i think that we all owe that to women like stormbride.
and stormbride, i'm so sorry to hear that you never got any answers about your baby. that must be so hard. i was just reading an article on yahoo that said in more than 25,000 babies in the US are stillborn each year, and more than 30% of the time no one can figure out what happened. i didn't realize the numbers were so high.