Originally Posted by Fiddlemom
In my mom's group in Seattle a few years ago, over half the women (all college educated professional types) delivered by cesarean. 7 out of 12. And the stories just kept coming and coming after that. It's been my totally non-scientifically backed up observation that it is just this way with women who deliver in the hospital. So, 25 or 30% rate almost seems inaccurate (on the low side). Are there any stats out there? Is it true that the more formal education you have the more likely you are to birth by cesarean?
I'm absolutely fascinated by this. I've seen people post here that teenagers are more likely to be delivered by cesarean, and now you're posting that you think college educated women are more likely to. Which is it?
Of all the people I know who've had babies, including myself, only about a dozen have had cesarean sections. My mom, my sister, my ex-SIL, other relatives and friends... the sections are few and far between. Even when you control for factors such as insurance status and education, there are still very few sections, percentage-wise.
I understand that 21-25% is the national average, but it's certainly not the average around here. You know why? Because women demanded better care
and they got it. I've delivered two babies at the same hospital, and I know many many other women who've delivered there. They don't have any semi-private rooms; all of the rooms are private. The tubs are shared between two labor rooms, which are huge; you can have as many people as you want in there. I had my best friend and my husband and my MIL there for most of the day; several more people came in and out (I was there for an awfully long time). Only Mike came with me for my second (cesarean) birth; MIL stayed with BeanBean and my best friend was at work, but was there as soon as I woke up after sleeping off the spinal.
My daughter stayed in my room the entire time, and when she had to go to the nursery for assessments I went with her (except for the first one; Mike went for that). The only qualification was that the first night, because I'd had surgery, Mike had to stay with me to keep BooBah in the room. That wasn't a problem at all, because there was a pull-out chair for him to sleep on; one of the nurses brought him some sheets and a pillow.
It may sound ironic, but my cesarean birth was a healing experience for me. My first delivery was vaginal and horribly traumatic, and there's very little support out there for people who've had traumatic vaginal deliveries. Everyone assumes that it could have been worse, and the surgery would have been worse. I knew
that my son should have been delivered by cesarean section and that it would have been better for both of us; after my daughter was born I was positive. (*Note: I have come to terms with my son's delivery. I believe that there is a reason for everything, and I learned the reason for my son's delivery about a month after it happened. Even so, I believe that the cesarean would have been better for us from a physical and mental health standpoint.)
The hospital I delivered at was built with input from women who had delivered on the main hospital's maternity floor, and with input from birth educators, lactation consultants, etc. Why? Because some stood up and said "Hey, this isn't right!" and the hospital's directors listened, and they answered. Rather than coming here and posting about how awful hospitals are, why don't you do something about it in real life? Start a grass roots movement for maternity care reform. If enough women stand up for what they believe in, and speak about what they want, the hospital will respond. It's a business, after all, and businesses want to keep their customers happy. Do something
, don't just sit here and whimper about how awful hospitals are, and how you wouldn't have a baby there unless you were half an inch from the grave (or not even then). Bring the studies, talk to women, get a group together and start something. Make a difference. Don't come here and whine about women who don't know any better-- inform people, and let your local hospital know that abysmally low standards will not be tolerated.