[QUOTE=Beachykeen;7646920]Like I said before, do all the research you want and deliver your child however you see fit. In your research, and by the way I have done mine too, you should know that trying to deliver a baby that is too large can cause more stress to the child than having a cesarean.
Actually, new research just came out that unless your baby is more than 5000g (11 pounds or more) they are at an increased risk of death during scheduled c-section than a vaginal birth.
Birth. 2006 Dec;33(4):278- 83. Mode of delivery and the survival of
macrosomic infants in the United States, 1995-1999.Boulet SL, Salihu HM,
Alexander GR. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center
for Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
BACKGROUND: Although increases in perinatal mortality risk associated with
fetal macrosomia are well documented, the optimal route of delivery for
fetuses with suspected macrosomia remains controversial. The objective of
this investigation was to assess the risk of neonatal death among macrosomic
infants delivered vaginally compared with those delivered by cesarean
METHODS: Data were derived from the U.S. 1995-1999 Linked Live Birth-Infant
Death Cohort files and term (37-44 wk), single live births to United States
resident mothers selected. A proportional hazards model was used to analyze
the risk of neonatal death associated with cesarean delivery among 3
categories of macrosomic infants (infants weighing 4,000-4,499 g;
4,500-4,999 g; and 5,000+ g).
RESULTS: After controlling for maternal characteristics and complications,
the adjusted hazard ratio for neonatal death associated with cesarean
delivery among the 3 categories of macrosomic infants was 1.40, 1.30, and
CONCLUSIONS: Although cesarean delivery may reduce the risk of death for the
heaviest infants (5,000+ g), the relative benefit of this intervention for
macrosomic infants weighing 4,000-4,999 g remains debatable. Thus, policies
in support of prophylactic cesarean delivery for suspected fetal macrosomia
may need to be reevaluated.
PMID: 17150065 [PubMed - in process]
I was talked into a c-section for a nine and a half pound baby, even though ACOG recommends against it. I regret this all the time. I plan to really do my research for next time so that I can make better informed choices.