The debate seems to be raging on twitter about whether a woman should be able to choose to have a C-Section rather than give birth to her child vaginally.
I’ve seen tweets defending a woman’s right to choose how they give birth and those that clearly don’t, going so far as to say if you don’t want to give birth vaginally, then maybe don’t get pregnant in the first place.
This debate has been going on for some years, not helped by many a pop star or actress who elects to have a caesarean being deemed “too posh to push” by the media.
Personally I can’t imagine not wanting to give birth to a baby the way nature intended so to speak. Yes it’s scary, it is incredibly painful, can seem like it’s taking forever and things can go wrong, but to me that is when a caesarean comes into play – in an emergency.
A caesarean birth scares me far more than a natural birth ever would. This is probably because to me it’s an emergency operation and therefore artificial way of bringing a child into the world. It eliminates your ability to have any control over the situation, your life and that of your child is completely at the mercy of the doctors who just so happen to be cutting a rather large hole in your stomach and rummaging around in there before pulling out your baby. It is something I would be absolutely terrified of should it happen to me, the thought of being in such a clinical environment, not having a sufficient anaesthetic, not to mention the recovery period fills me with fear, yet to some people it seems the easier option. I just don’t understand that!
Of course I’m not talking about those who require a caesarean for medical reasons, that is what it’s there for after all. I do however wonder why women choose to avoid giving birth naturally.
I should point out I don’t believe that there is a right or a wrong way to give birth, each to their own as they say. I’m just curious to understand other women’s points of view on the matter.