Are Women Being Tricked into Having a C-Section?

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Yes, you read that correctly. There may be doctors out there who are going to knowingly trick you into having a c-section. Forget that you don't want to have major surgery and that scar on your stomach; forget that you already have your birth plan in place and it doesn't include a c-section; forget that there are numerous benefits for a baby to be birthed naturally.

Forget all of that.

You need to forget all of that because according to a study published in Child Health Journal, more and more doctors are claiming that moms are carrying around a bun in the oven that weighs more than 8 pounds 13 ounces — a weight that almighty science considers to constitute a large baby.

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There is some reason for concern in this and doctors are right in their thinking that massive babies can cause some intense damage to a mother. But only 1 in 5 babies who was dubbed too big to push out was actually … well … too big to push out. And it's this thinking that really impacts a mother's ability and confidence to birth her baby vaginally, according to Professor Eugene R. Declercq from Boston University, as was reported in a New York Times article.

Yahoo Parenting published an article that talked about a woman who described herself as being “bullied” by her doctors into getting a c-section. Maryland mom Katy Clemens was told by her doctors that her baby was going to tip the scales at 11 1/2 pounds, so she ignored her birth plan (hopefully she had one!) and went ahead to birth her baby via c-section.

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The surgery was a massive success, and Clemens met her almost 12-pound baby for the first time. There was one minor problem, though: her baby was brought into the world weighing 7 pounds 13 ounces — almost four pounds lighter than what she was told. 

In an interview with The New York Times, Clemens said that her doctors told her that birth-weight estimates are never going to be more or less than a pound different than the baby's actual weight, so Clemens went under the knife with the confidence in her doctors. Obviously, her trust wasn't entirely misplaced because, as I already mentioned, the surgery was successful and both Mom and Baby lived to tell the tale, but non-life-threatening decisions about your body are having to be decided by either a doctor or by the woman, I vote that the woman's decision trumps her doctor's (no. not that Trump). 

Have you ever been talked into having a c-section that you really didn't want? It looks like you're not alone.

What do you think?

Are Women Being Tricked into Having a C-Section?

Jace Whatcott is a self-diagnosed introvert who loves crossword puzzles, golf, and reading. Despite being a male contributor—one of the few on this particular website—he is not in unfamiliar territory. Because he is an English major, 90% of his classmates are females, so he’s not too worried about being a fish out of water. One of his favorite things to do is to raid local thrift stores for used books. He’s always looking for something to read, or for something to put on his endless to-r ... More

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  1. Sarah says:

    I don’t know if i was tricked into having a c-section or not but I according to my doctor I had to have one. So this is BS.


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