Monday, November 24th, 2008
Natural Childbirth is Anti-Choice
Activists are set to issue a “stern warning” today. What’s a stern warning? I don’t know. Maybe a wag of the finger and a smirk.
It seems the UK government is “pandering to the natural birth lobby and so denying women the freedom to have elective Cesareans and pain relief.”
Yes, you read right. Women are feeling pressured into not having c-sections. This is according to The Independent newspaper.
Who is pushing the C-is-for-C-Section agenda? It’s the Birth Trauma Association (BTA) and some other curiously unnamed organizations. The BTA’s interest is to address Post Traumatic Stress Disorder that afflicts mothers who have really bad birth experiences.
The BTA is also “dismayed” by a recent proposal to withhold epidurals from women [PDF] when there isn’t a medical need.
Statistics cited in the article place the UK c-section rate 30 years ago at 9 percent while today it is 25 percent. Wikipedia states the rate was 20 percent in 2004. If all figures are accurate, c-sections continue to gain in popularity.
For comparison, Wikipedia states the US c-section rate was 30.2 percent in 2005. The World Health Organization recommends a rate no higher than 15 percent.
I personally don’t have a problem with elective c-sections, but only if the mother and her support team understand the implications of the surgery and the recovery process.
Give ‘em a 10 question rhetorical quiz where every question begins with the phrase, “Do you realize…”
Read it and weep: Natural childbirth movement ‘denies women choice’ [The Independent]