Too Many C-Sections Going On, Say New Guidelines

Categories: Parenting

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When I first found out that I was pregnant with twins, a friend emailed me, "Don't let your doctor force you into a C-section." This statement meant nothing at the time as the bulk of my brainpower was either being sucked dry by growing babies and/or I was in a complete state of shock. The actual "giving birth" part seemed like it was years away.

Eventually, like most new parents who have no idea what they've gotten themselves into, my husband and I took one of those educational classes offered by our hospital. They showed various videos of the birthing process. I was immediately transported back to seventh grade when our biology class was forced to watch "that movie," which we not only needed parental approval for but also years of therapy. All I recall of that video was closing my eyes when the crowning started thinking that I would never do that.

Apparently my maturity level has not changed since middle school because I did the exact same thing during my birthing class. Watching women grunt and cry and bleed and yuck all over their doctors and husbands was just too much for me. We left the class in silence; I was literally in a state of shock.

"I am not doing that," was all I could muster to say. My husband tried to be comforting, but I knew he was thinking the same thing. Vaginal delivery looked awful. Cesarean, on the other hand, sounded quick, simple, no work on my part and ultimately less disgusting.

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This doesn't belong on the arts attack blog.

Noelle A. Perry
Noelle A. Perry

lol no. my mom's OB-GYN dislocated my shoulder and ripped the elbow joint loose from my upper arm, causing permanent damage, because she refused to give my mom a C-section. so i'll be having one, thanks.

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