Can't help but think it should be left up to the person with years of training or experience to make the call.......
.... No I suppose you should never trust a gynaecologist
It does seem strange, but then I'm hardly an expert. I agree with patient choice, but I fail to see many advantages of a caersarean that wasn't recommended by a professional. Would many people go back to the days of a major wound for any other operation when keyhole surgery was available, for example?
I believe that they are common in America. The major advantage being that you can schedule your delivery in for a specific day (assuming that the baby isn't early) and plan your life around it. It also helps the staff, as they can perform all the deliveries in a 9-5 job instead of at all hours of the day and night. Not sure that makes it best for the patient though.
i don't believe in patients choice in this case.
a lot of the time patients don't know what's good for them and many won't be making an informed choice, it will become a fashion choice for the majority.
I would not choose c section much as I had a fear of giving birth naturally I would've taken that option over surgery any day of the week.
I can not see the desire in wanting to be cut open. Sorry but that is not a nice place to be.
Maybe I'm just old fashioned.
It does seem to be an odd decision.
Cesareans have a life saving place for mum and baby but I can't see why someone would opt for major abdominal surgery when it wasn't medically necessary.
the problem is a lot of mums-to-be aren't going to be making educated decisions on this, about what is good for them and what is good for the baby.
their education is from heat and hello magazines and general tabloid media which are constantly reporting about celebs being too posh to push and making out that c-section is the easy option. especially when they follow up with reports showing how quickly the celebs are back on their feet and back in shape.
for an independent informed decision the father should choose.
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Skotty - I'm not sure about that. A pregnant woman gets lots of medical attention during her pregnancy, as well as stuff like NCT. It's not like they turn up in the delivery suite 9 months after doing a home pregnancy test without having seen a doctor or midwife along the way.
especially when having their first child a lot of women are pretty clueless about the advantages and disadvantages of both.
i can see a huge increase in c-sections as many will simply opt for what is commonly regarded as the easy and pain free option. and doctors and midwives will be happy to encourage people towards births that can be more easily scheduled and planned.
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