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Thread: Vaginal Birth Vs Caesarean
5th September 2013 03:44 AM #1
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Vaginal Birth Vs Caesarean
These days caesarean births are on a rise. One reason I believe is stress but I want to know if there are any benefits of choosing caesarean over vaginal Birth.
5th September 2013 06:34 AM #2
The question you ask is a tricky one and depends on perspective. An Obstetrician may well argue that a Cesarean reduces the risk of vaginal birth complications - but this view has long been regarded as jaded unless considerable complications exist in a pregnancy or birth. Others might say knowing exactly what day your child will be born is a benefit.
The reality is though that a Cesarean is major abdominal surgery. It carries with it significant risks which can't be ignored. In the absence of solid reasons to perform a Cesarean, vaginal birth carries less risk for mother and baby. This is one of the reasons why in Australia the NSW Health Department and others are now working to reduce the rate of Cesarean birth.
The following article provides an interesting perspective on the rising rate of Cesarean birth: What are your Chances of Having a Natural Birth?
6th September 2013 07:01 PM #3
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Thanks for the information and the resources provided.
29th September 2013 05:51 AM #4
As mumof2IVFmiracles says above - having a c-section is a major operation. This means that the labour is automatically defined as 'high risk', indeed, it carried extra risks both to mum and baby (for example of infection). There are some cases where a c-section is medically necessary. However, some organisations such as the Positive Birth Movement believe that too many c-sectons are being carried out i.e. unnecessary c-sections are carried out.
The WHO (World Health Organisation) states that the c-section rate should not be higher than 10-15%. In Australia, the c-section rate is currently around 32%. It is important that hospitals and midwives work to bring down this figure because babies are more likely to have breathing difficulties if born by a c-section in addition to adverse short-term risks for the mum.
Please do ask any further questions you have about c-sections here.