The fight over the right to choose to have an elective cesarean in the UK is getting heated. I am terrified and disgusted by this campaign! Women who are part of the "too posh to push" crew are playing the "our bodies, our choice" card to try to get the government (who pays for healthcare in the UK) to pay for elective c-sections. They often make the complaint that women shouldn't have to "suffer" through the birth process and are, as a result, turning this into a feminism issue. If you want to fight for women's rights, how about you pick an issue like equality in the workplace or the freedom to breastfeed in public instead of fighting for something that puts women and babies at such great -and unnecessary- risk.
I am beyond disgusted by some of the ridiculous arguments the proponents are attempting to make. For example, Pauline Hull of http://www.electivecesarean.com/index.php?option=com_frontpage&Itemid=476 actually says, "Planned cesarean delivery is a legitimate birth plan when compared with the risks of a planned vaginal delivery". Really!!!??? You are not seriously trying to convince people that there is less risk associated with cesarean delivery than with a natural vaginal birth! Not only is the maternal mortality rate higher, but the infant mortality rate is also higher when a cesarean is performed instead of a natural birth. These women seem to forget that this is MAJOR SURGERY! Why are we throwing away something that has been instilled in women for thousands and thousands of years?
I also came across this article by Catherine Bennett recently and couldn't be more appalled
Directly under the article headline she writes, "The response by the natural birth brigade to Nice's decision to endorse c-sections is unthinking prejudice". Unthinking??? Really??? I'll tell you what is unthinking, having a major surgical procedure meerly for vanity despite the risks it might impose on your child and yourself!
If you are as disgusted as I am please leave feedback on these sites! Let's hit http://www.electivecesarean.com/index.php?option=com_frontpage&Itemid=476 especially hard!
REMEMBER! Always present your views in a respectful way. We want to be heard, not looked at like a bunch of natural birth fanatics.
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