[I always try to write about this subject carefully - I have no negative opinion for what individual women choose for the health of themselves and their babies - I know it's hard to talk about this subject without some mamas feeling bad!
Having said that:
I wish there were more research into & more awareness about the impact of cesaren birth on babies.
There are some findings about the benefits of labor & vaginal births for newborns -- I am thinking for example on the effect of oxytocin production on the triggering of seratonin & later prolactin, improving bonding and lactation from a physiological standpoint. And also the effect labor contractions have been found to have on preparing babies lungs for breathing.
[I don't have time at the moment to link to research but I could try to later.]
When labor has begun on its own and then a cesarean birth follows, then these benefits for baby are there. Also it is usually a sign baby is 'ready' to come. I know moms who have cesareans for medical reasons but wait for first labor signs.
As we all know, there are a number of conditions & circumstances in which the risk of doing this are significant. IN THESE CASES we understand that every woman and (her care provider) will have to weigh risks and benefits and make the right decision for themselves.
We are all in agreement about supporting women making choices about their bodies. But we want those to be *informed* choices, and there should be more solid information available, all risks and benefits of birth choices made very clear. And always we need to take into account impact on babies. Knowing these impacts, any given woman will still have to weigh all her own factors, but ideally these impacts are part of the equation.
So this is what concerns me about scheduling surgical births for non medical reasons. Are most moms making this choice even being given complete information? (Similar to the question about whether risks and effects of epidural use are always well explained so that choices are informed ones ... In my experience as a doula, usually not, lol!)