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Obviously a lot of people think you should care, for a number of reasons. Interestingly enough, several very good, informative articles have been done in mainstream publications about the rising cesarean rate, including Huffington Post, Time and others. (And perhaps rather ironically, I 'overheard' a conversation in the comments section on The SOB blog about how HufPo has become 'woo' in discussing childbirth matters, something that is probably far from the truth. And since when is telling people about the reality of high c-section rates 'woo?' Speaking of The SOB, her readers nearly swallowed their tongues when she wrote a post about the rising cesarean rate correlating with inductions. I guess they, too, don't want to believe the truth.)
When a doctor implies that he doesn't care about a particular aspect of his patient's care - especially something so serious as major surgery - it scares me. It makes me think of women who are pregnant with their first child, who may be relatively new to (or completely unaware of) the idea of "modern obstetrics" and many of the double standards and fear-mongering that many women are exposed to. Surely they've been to a doctor before, but something changes once you are expecting: as if the life inside of you means you have no individual rights of your own. If they come into it with little information or knowledge, like many of us have gained only through our own good or sometimes horrible experiences, it can be especially tricky. I hate to instill fear into the minds of people who are going through what should be a wonderful journey, not a fight; but how can I not tell someone, "You should be afraid of having a cesarean. And here's why."
"At a recent Las Vegas conference on obstetrical safety, some 125 members of the audience were asked to raise their hand to indicate their personal C-section rate. “Less than 15 percent?” the speaker asked. Two hands in the large auditorium went up. “Fifteen to 30 percent?” Half the hands were up. “More than 30 percent?” The rest. Then the speaker asked the room, “How many of you care?” No one raised a hand, and the room broke out in laughter."
I'd like to think that what those physicians should have done was look to the two doctors who raised their hands and ask, "What are you doing differently?" The answers might be interesting, if only they'd listen.
When a room full of physicians laughs out loud about the high cesarean rate, it does reduce us to numbers, in probably the most callous way possible. It reduces us to a slab of meat on the table, a science experiment, a non-entity who provides entertainment, a conversation piece, a way to make a living, and possibly not much else. It certainly doesn't elevate us to mother of a child or human being.
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