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Risk, Birth and Informed Consent

I interviewed Dr. Stuart Fischbein regarding “risk” after having read an article about the “fetishizing” of vaginal birth and the risks of which that aren’t being told to women.
I read a line in that article that made me about fall off my chair:

                The vogue for vaginal delivery means women don’t hear enough about its risks.

The Vogue? What in the world?!

The definition of Vogue is: the prevailing fashion or style at a particular time.
Vaginal birth has been the “STYLE” since the dawn of man

Even the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists says:

In the Committee Opinion, The College addresses the controversial issue of “maternal-request cesareans.” Cesarean deliveries done at the request of the mother without a medical indication represent an estimated 2.5% of all US births. Some women request cesareans because they fear childbirth pain, while others believe a cesarean will prevent urinary incontinence or preserve sexual functioning.

Cesareans involve risks and require longer hospital stays than uncomplicated vaginal births. Women face the risk of bladder and bowel injuries during cesarean surgery, as well as serious complications in future pregnancies. Placental problems, uterine rupture, and emergency hysterectomy are all risks that increase with each subsequent cesarean. Compared with vaginal births, planned cesareans have a lower risk of excessive bleeding during birth and the need for blood transfusions.

Benefits of vaginal births for women include shorter hospital stays, lower infection rates, and quicker recovery. Babies born vaginally have a lower risk of respiratory problems.

Vaginal birth is NOT a trend. The article was about informed consent, YES I agree 100% that women deserve informed consent when they are making decisions about their health care. There ARE risks with vaginal birth. There is no RISK FREE anything. But please, the idea of it being a fad is madness. Take a listen to the show and let me know what you think in the comments below.

I have found the following chart from Childbirth Connection to be very informative.

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