Thursday, September 22, 2011

Are women who fear childbirth given a fair deal by the health system?

The Globe and Mail today published that women who fear child birth were more likely to have c-sections (both elective and emergency) compared to those who do not fear birth.

What I found remarkable were the comments after the story. In particular there is a stark contrast between those from women who 'get' the fear of childbirth, and those who are hard core natural birth advocates. Those who get it would never denigrate the choice of a woman to opt for an elective c-section (or a natural birth if that is what she desires). Meanwhile the natural birth advocates are hellbent on enforcing their views on other women and would actively ban informed choice.

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