NB: I am in no way judging a woman’s choice of birth so hold the phone – this is about better birth outcomes.
Just a day before Ricki Lake’s aforementioned movie premiere and the lead story in Sydney’s major newspaper is a timely one. Choice of birth is for each expectant parent to decide. I had just never thought through the impact of the increasing number of C-Sections on overall bed availability.
They definitely have their place. But C-sections are increasingly becoming the default which seems a shame as the process of natural birth is one of the few experiences that ties generations of women together. In Australia as the article suggests, 30% of all births are now done by C-section. It certainly hasn’t delivered Australia better birth outcomes. In 2007, we ranked 20th. America is at 28th. The clear goal is improving birth outcomes. An approach other than C-sections would appear to be a good first step.