I’m just a guy but… My wife and I have a couple of kids and I delivered the last one personally (well, with her of course, she’s a CHAMP!). All of our kids were born with the time honored method that got humanity through most of history to the 1900’s. Thus, whenever I see discussion of vaginal birth vs. C-section I read to see what the consensus is of those involved. I know that the numbers of C-sections in the US andCanada are much higher than the rest of the developed world who enjoy equally our low ‘birth complication leading to demise of the child’ rates. Even the WHO says that C-section rates above 10-15% are unhealthy.
It just occurred to me yesterday though… Why when more than 50% of American’s seem to believe in the validity of evolution getting humanity through all the trials of early homoerectus etc. life to become the overwhelmingly dominate species on earth don’t they think that the most crucial point in life (the birth process being able to kill both mom and child) is so flawed that it must be solved with a knife and a C-section? Now my SIL has had 2 back to back C-sections when the health of the child was in grave danger; thank goodness we have figured out a way to ensure the health of the child/mom in extreme cases. But yikes! Look at the numbers of C-sections in Sweden (10-14% I believe) etc. compared to our numbers.
Some Docs seem to think that obesity could cause the rise in the US. This sure seems like it could be true, I’m no expert, but we know obesity leads generally to more health problems, less healing ability, etc. So maybe that explains it, we’re just fat. However I think there is more phsych to it. In the ‘families with young children’ crowds we hang out with the ‘gee I’m glad I didn’t have to birth him/her vaginally’ mentality rises more than I would really expect. I’m just a dumb guy who stands by holding a hand and saying ‘come on Honey, you can do it!’ during a birth and even I know the list of advantages for the mother and child of a vaginal birth are long and significant. The [disadvantages of C-section are many](http://www.childbirthconnection.org/docs/modebirthreviewpoints.ppt#292,25,Results Overall (cont)) (the cite has 7 slides full), while there are about 4 disadvantages of spontaneous vaginal birth and three of them are: perineal pain (for sure, but I always provide perineal support for my wife and it really seems to help), urinary and bowel incontinence (which is very true and can be worse than a bad time after ‘chili night,’ but only temporary).
I guess I am just stunned by the apparent hypocrisy, if evolution is so able to ‘refine’ us to earthly dominance why didn’t it come up with a good system for birth. I mean, come on, a babe can actually move and get itself to the breast after the birth. You know what else? Breast feeding after the birth helps the uterus to contract and stop the bleeding of a hemmoraging mom. The babe can actually provide first aid to his/her own mother. Pretty awesome, right? Well if this all seems so cool why don’t we American’s care to push for the advantages (the birth fluids being pressed out of the babe’s nose etc. as the babe passes through the birth canal empowering the nose for the all important breathing process is just one of MANY advantages) of a vaginal birth?
Please don’t get this sent to the pit, k?