This topic raises a question for me that I would love to know other's answers to:
What if it could be proven that elective cesarean was definitely safer than vaginal birth in most cases?
That doesn't mean it wouldn't still carry the risks and issues it already has, but simply that it is safer over all and in most situations.
How would you feel about it? What would it say of your beliefs about science, medicine, nature, God, Etc?
And, what kind of birth would you want, given that information?
Mod: It's kind of a spinoff on the topic, I am fine with it being placed in a new thread too!
FWIW, My personal feelings about it would have been that I would have still wanted to try a vaginal birth with my first child.
There is an unquestionable and special bond that I have no doubt was helped by my giving birth as I did. But I experienced a difficult labor, and now I would swing the opposite way.
I would not want an elective c-section. To me, this is not different, logically, than asking would you want your food in pill form if it could come that way. Or asking if any other normal human activity could be altered by humans, would I choose the altered choice. Most likely not. I predict that much like Breastfeeding fell out of favor & doctors were pushing artificial feeding for a long time but are now recognizing the importance of BF, doctors will continue to push (in some cases) & not support normal birth until there's a tipping point & then the realization will come that there are consequences to surgical birth & except in extreme circumstances, it needs to be abandoned. We as a society are getting sicker & sicker, in part because of artificial feeding & surgical birth (the colonization of the gut is different & the knowledge of the importance of gut bacteria is in its infancy so I wouldn't expect any studies to include anything on it).