College of DuPage Nursing Student Susan Echard shared that the Elective C-Section can seem appealing initially; you are able to choose your delivery date, the delivery is quick and seemingly controlled, although the outcomes in an increasing number of studies demonstrate that the risks from C-sections are greater than many realize. It is worth knowing before opting to choose your baby’s birthday. The World Health Organization (WHO) suggests an estimated 10 to 15 percent of all babies are delivered by Cesarean, although North America and Western Europe are well above this rate, with approximately 32 and 27 percent, subsequently, of babies delivered by C-section, respectively, during 2015.
An NPR article (2018) provides elective C-Section facts and the reason they are outpacing vaginal deliveries in number; and according to Salimah Walani, Vice President of March of Dimes, this procedure is performed when is it not really necessary or indicated. Ultimately, c-sections are a surgical procedure that may do more harm than good for moms and babies.
For moms; elected C-sections increase the risk of death by at least 60 percent (REF here). The mother’s risk of life-threatening are increased during childbirth, such as bleeding, uterine rupture, hysterectomy, and cardiac arrest – by about fivefold (REF???), and the risk increases further in subsequent deliveries (REF). These risks are also increased for the baby as well; studies indicate, c-sections increase the risk for obesity and autoimmune diseases later in life, although if the procedure is performed prior to 39 weeks, an early delivery increases the infant’s risk for respiratory problems.
If the risks are so high, why are there so many elective C-sections? It really amounts to a couple of factors; financial and legal issues. According to Holly Kennedy, Professor of Midwifery at the Yale School of Nursing (DATE); obstetricians receive higher pay for a C-section and they will be finished within an hour compared to vaginal delivery.
Ultimately, it pays – so to speak – to be educated; ask the right questions; and pick your doctor and team of individuals who will advocate for you to make these decisions. Our society sometimes values profits safe legal routes over the health of the individual. Advocating for yourself and your baby are life choices that will improve everyone’s health.