Check out this great article by Sister Lilian on c-sections and a few things that you may not know about them.

What I found interesting is that the WHO (World Health Organization) recommends a maximum c-section rate of 15%.  In South Africa, the c-section rate is a whopping 70% – one of the highest c-section rates in the world.  This is due to a number of factors.

One of these factors is the avoidance of lawsuits.  Obstetricians are the most insured doctors, and often, they will perform caesarian sections at the slightest hint of something ‘abnormal’ in order to avoid being sued.

The ‘caesarian section versus natural birth’ debate is a very contentious issue, but I love the fact that Sister Lilian ultimately simplifies it all into this paragraph.

Of course, most importantly, at the end of the rite of passage that is birth, both woman and child should be safe and well. But, there’s more to birth than only a healthy baby and mother. A woman who feels good about her birth tends to find mothering easier, and there’s less chance of postnatal depression! From Baby’s perspective, it often means better health and less need of therapy to help with milestone development.

Just think before you decide! – Sister Lilian

What does it matter how we give birth – as long as we have a healthy mom and baby at the end of it?  Informed consent, and taking responsibility for your health is vital to ensure the best outcome suited to you as an individual, and as a mother.

3 comments on “5 Things You May Not Know about C-Sections”

  1. Your stats are incorrect. South Africa has a C/S rate of 17% nationally, still 2% higher than it should be, but nowhere near your figure. The private sector is above 70%,but they form only 10-14% of the industry. Baragwanath hospital – the largest tertiary institution in the country – has a rate of between 25 and 30% most weeks. That is because we receive more complicated pregnancies.

  2. I had 2 c-sections, the first one was prescribed, as my son was breech and literally stuck in my pelvis, the second was elective (i was too nervous to go through a VBAC) . I was very sad about having to have the first c-section, but it was ultimatley the best thing for me and my baby.

    • It is a difficult thing to go through, especially if you favour a natural delivery. I did my thesis on exactly this – having a plan in place and what happens when it changes. Very interesting. :)

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