"...more and more women [...] are taking charge of their childbearing these days and avoiding the vagaries of natural births."
Well, that's one spin you can put on it.
What is that supposed to mean? Like cesareans are totally predictable and controllable?
"Of course, there are risks associated with natural childbirth too. During difficult deliveries, in which the mother is pushing for three or more hours, a baby can suffocate or sustain brain damage in the birth canal. Moreover, up to 5% of vaginal deliveries result in severe tearing of the mother's perineum, which can lead to incontinence and an excruciating recovery."
Just another good example of how obstetrical beliefs (masquerading as science) have convinced the populace that childbirth is inherently dangerous. But these events are not
associated with natural childbirth, they are associated with obstetrically-managed
childbirth. In how many of those situations have episiotomies been done? In how many is the mother pushing on her back, holding her breath, to counts of ten, when and how she is told to? In how many has she received drugs?