OPINION: Today I learned that I am sick. I'm part of an epidemic.
People like me who plan to have caesarean need to think very carefully. We have to throw a mirror, press our ego-manic eyeballs and ask: Why are we so selfish? What do we do, putting our own lazy desires for the future health of our precious children?
Alternatively, we could take our laptops and smash them into the wall each time we read another Cesarean story written in the torn tones of a patriarchal ruler who knows what is best for our vaginas. Oh, wait, bad – the gentleman does not really care about our vagina. This is the baby that matters.
A study published in the JAMA Network Open, which found a link between childhood obesity and the cesarean section, was widely reported by the media today.
Babies born from a selective c-section are more likely to be overweight
* C-sections can lead to infertility, kiwi mother warns
* C-sections related to health problems
* Fear blamed for raising electoral C-sections
* Consequences of caesarean section
We have learned that babies born from an elective c-section – i.e. the major abdominal surgery that is planned is more likely to be at risk of being overweight at 12 months than those born by an emergency c-section. We have also referred to a number of in-section statistics as a whole, including now that they account for about a quarter of all births. So far, so bad.
Former chief scientific counselor and child obesity expert at Oakland University, Peter Peter Glukman, who was part of the research team, said the study had removed a red flag. "The growing epidemic of selective cows – a social trend rather than a health trend – is not without some potential cost to the baby," Gluckman said. Doctors could choose to discuss this with the expectation of parents. (When c-section is given for medical reasons, there should be no hesitation, he added.)
I do not know about you, but I think it's so fashionable that your stomach is open. Simply pull the diapers through the roof, easily! The job is over, I can now get rid of pilates. Oh, wait! I can not swing because even walking is too painful and all my muscles are destroyed. YOLO!
I think there has been a large study in childhood obesity and the results seem impossible. But is there really a social trend, Glukman? How much of the "epidemic" are we trying to fight here?
Or is it that it is easier to blame women for choosing them than to address the real problems?
First of all, a little for c-sections. Contrary to what you would believe in popular culture and some vaginal parents, this is not a whim. Emergency is done to save mother and baby and takes weeks to recover. The selective form is made because there is a medical indication that this is the safest option or because the mother wants it.
How often does this happen? In 2015 births in pregnancy accounted for 25.5% of all births. Electoral c-sections were 11.8% of them, which rose 1.7% since 2006.
About two thirds of those who have a selective c-section already have one or more babies. This will include me if I have another baby – for the last time, my uterus has begun to tear at birth, leading to urgent cesarean, and means that the next time is too dangerous for vaginal delivery. So, yes, I suppose I could "choose" not to have an "optional" c-section, but again, I do not want to die.
The Ministry of Health has been unable to provide data on how many women have a selective c-section at the request of the mother. But there is a figure in the Annual Women's Annual Clinical Report – 10% of all of its elective sections are made at the request of the woman.
I mean, what an epidemic. Talk about absolute tsunamis.
Look, vaginal birth is obviously the preferred option for most. We must always encourage this, and the Ministry of Health has a major impetus for the promotion of primary labor units for this reason.
I would like to have one of these things. But I could not and could not, like a bunch of other mothers I know.
Hearing constant abstinence, there is something "wrong" with us that we could try harder that our babies will become Teletubbies by the age of two, is incredibly discouraging and useless.
If we were really interested in mothers and their babies and we kept the percentage in the section, we would remember money for maternity, prenatal and postnatal care and mental health. Let's stop telling those who really choose c-section that it's bad and ask why they make this choice. Who says the reasons for this are not valid?
Or we can continue to target the fingers of women. It seems fair.