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2/28/04 at 1:19pm
|Surprisingly, Dr Odent says that, given the conditions in modern hospitals, a Caesarean can be one of the better options. His arguments are likely to enrage the natural-childbirth movement as much as they will challenge mainstream obstetrics.
With the guidelines already semi-public, Dr Odent says he has heard many reports of deliveries during which the obstetric team tried "everything" in order to avoid a Caesarean, which too often ended in either a forceps delivery with episiotomy or a Caesarean after trying forceps. "Forceps have their place only in museums," he says with a Gallic shrug. And pro-Caesarean obstetricians are right to argue that long, potentially dangerous labour cannot be justified in the 21st century when Caesareans are extremely safe - and in many ways safer than vaginal delivery.
|Four out of five of them would make such a choice because of the increased risks of tears to their perineum or anus and the consequent risk of incontinence following a vaginal delivery. These risks, says Dr Odent, are "real and well-documented" - and not an inevitable part of natural childbirth, but largely a result of intervention.|
Originally Posted by Anna Trueblood
While I don't support the idea of elective 1st time c-sections, I have to roundly dispute the idea that c-sections universally impede natural parenting. After a multitude of complications, I had a c-section with my son but we still left him intact, coslept, and breastfed until he was 25 months. We practice gentle discipline. If you want to be AP, surgical birth does not rule that out. My parenting choices are conscious ones, based in research, reason and careful decision making. They were formed before the scalpel touched my belly.
Originally Posted by BabyOsMommy
...but I'm so disappointed at the way that article portrayed c-sections...So you get the "convenience" of planning when your baby will be born, because you don't want birth to interfere with your job () and avoid the pain associated with labour, but you have 6 weeks of painful recovery AND taking care of/getting to know your newborn at the same time.......