Thursday, May 12, 2011
Birthrights: The risk of choice
Al Jazeera remains one of the most trusted news networks today. They have started an amazing series called "Birthrights" which follows birth trends around the world.
The story in the video of the couple who could not find a OB willing to deliver their baby naturally is disturbing. The woman had no reason to even consider a Cesarean this time around. Can you imagine having no voice and no choice during your birth- completely based on medical convenience? Your Dr will go on to treat several other patients but you will always remember the day you give birth.
Unfortunately, the trend here in North America is to have a medically induced birth with several interventions and if all else fails a Cesarean birth. The Cesarean and induction rates are alarming! 30% of women here in North America are getting Cesareans! However, the natural birth movement is making its way back and people are starting to realize that giving birth is NOT a medical problem and should not be treated like one.
Sure there is a small percentage of women who qualify for a Cesarean birth. The majority of women are not high risk and have a very good chance of a vaginal delivery.
If you have had a Cesarean in the past, you can still opt to have a VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean). I would encourage all of you to make informed decisions and research these topics in great detail.
If your Gynecologist suggest a Cesarean- ask questions, ask for alternatives and most importantly ask for a second opinion!
"Not convinced by their reasons? Say no . Many mothers do not realize that they have the right to refuse ANY intervention , including tests, induction, heparin locks (IV’s), fetal monitoring, epidurals, pain medication and cesareans. It is your choice to deliver your baby in a hospital. It is your choice to consent to each and every step along the way. You have the right to informed consent for vaginal birth. Ask what, if any, forms you need to sign in advance to indicate that you understand the risks involved and that you intend to deliver your child vaginally." (Advice from: theunnecesarean)
I absolutely agree with the point above. As a Doula I see way too much pressure towards induced births- especially when are not necessary! One intervention leads to domino effect and becomes a cascade of interventions. You give one a little room and the other is sure to follow. Want an example? You say yes to induction and epidural shortly follows.
What do you guys think? Are Cesareans over rated? Anyone have a successful VBAC?
For more information check out: theunnecesarean