Quick link: Guardian story about birth choices

26 April 2009 at 6:06 am Leave a comment

This piece in today’s Guardian describes homebirth in the context of birth choices–great in theory, but then it also briefly mentions “elective caesarean” (the “too posh to push” factor) as another option women might choose. The first problem here, of course, is that elective (maternal request) c-sections are really mythical: there is no actual evidence in support of this supposed trend. Ultimately I think the larger problem with the Guardian article, though, is that its basic message–women have the right to choose birth options, including homebirth, for themselves, without fear of being judged–becomes watered-down into an acceptance of all choices, regardless of the fact that some options are known to be better than others: vaginal birth is better than caesarean birth for the vast majority of babies/mothers, and it is not being judgmental to assert that. So, women are not choosing c-sections, but would we really want to be able to?

 

–Christina

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