Celebrities Who Chose Natural Vs. C-Section Births

Celebrities Who Chose Natural Vs. C-Section Births

Reports say that 80% of American women get some form of medical pain relief during childbirth. A growing number of women are requesting delivery by elective cesarean section. This trend is due in part to celebrities such as Victoria Beckham, Eilzabeth Hurley, Britney Spears, Claudia Schiffer and Christina Aguilera, making the elective C-section the “it” activity of the decade.

The media has dubbed the movement “too posh to push,” after Brooklyn, Romeo and Cruz’s Spice Girl mama. The British beauty, like some of the other celeb mamas in question, claimed that her C-sections were under doctors’ orders.

But were they simply trying to avoid abdominal stretching? Or the pain of natural childbirth?

Click below to see who went natural vs. the elective C-section.

  • Who went au naturel?

Gisele Bündchen

The latest celeb mom to give birth naturally – and possibly the most outspoken on the topic – is Gisele Bündchen. The supermodel gave birth to her first child, Benjamin, in December. She recently opened up about her drug-free and pain-free homebirth:

My delivery was in a bath tub, in water. I wanted to have a home birth. I wanted to be very aware and present during the birth… I didn’t want to be drugged up. So I did a lot of preparation, I did yoga and meditation, so I managed to have a very tranquil birth at home. It didn’t hurt in the slightest. The whole time my mind was focused in each contraction on the thought ‘my baby is closer to coming out.’”

A few weeks later the supermodel looked svelte on the cover of Vogue and spoke of her “empowered” birth experience:

“I wanted to experience the transformation. It was the most amazing experience of my life, feeling him come through my body. And once he was born, I never felt so empowered as looking at him and thinking, Oh, my God, we did it together!”

The Brazilian beauty later wrote on her blog:

I am blessed to have been able to have a home birth surrounded by love , where I was able to feel safe. It was a powerful experience. I never felt so vulnerable but so strong at the same time. It was amazing to experience my body become free to do what it was made to do by allowing my mind and my body to let go and be free to experience the changes taking place within… I was just there… focusing on my breathing and relaxing the best that I could… so present, to witness the biggest miracle in my life happen before my very own eyes. To give life to another being, what a gift!”

Idina Menzel

Taye Diggs gushed about his wife Idina Menzel who opted for a natural labor, boasting that she used “No drugs. She is a warrior.”

I was holding her hands and cheering her on. I said I would look two times. I would look when the baby was crowning, and I wanted to look right when [son] Walker came out. And then when he came out, all of a sudden it was like my inner gangster came out. I was like, ‘Yeah baby, that’s what I’m talkin’ about, that’s my boy!’”

Ricki Lake

Ricki Lake’s documentary about homebirth, The Business of Being Born, empowered women everywhere to have unmedicated births at home. She gave birth to her second son Owen, now 8, at home in a bathtub. She talked about her reasons for making the film.

“I wanted to make this movie after my two very different birth experiences with my children. I felt like I had an opportunity to explore and question birthing practices in this country and perhaps be an advocate for mothers’ rights and better maternity care.”

On the experience of birthing Owen at home, Ricki said:

After the birth of my sons, particularly my home birth with my second son, I thought I wanted to become a midwife. Then I looked at all the years of schooling and training that I would have to do and felt that the time could be better spent doing a documentary on the subject of birth.”

Jessica Alba

One of our favorite celebrity moms, Jessica Alba, said she didn’t scream at all while she birthed her daughter Honor without any medical interventions:

I didn’t scream, it was really Zen. It was amazing. The labor was more like meditation. I did yoga breathing. I was focused.”

And her hubby Cash Warren could only marvel at his wife’s quiet strength when she gave birth. “She didn’t make a sound,” he says.

Melissa Joan Hart

Melissa Joan Hart underwent “a lot of medical intervention” during the birth of her firstborn son Mason. She wanted a drug-free childbirth when it came time to deliver her second son Braydon in March 2008. The Sabrina star recalled her birth story:

I told my mom and my husband, don’t let me have [the drugs]. I kinda regret that one! But the thing is, the healing was so much faster. I didn’t have to get the drugs out of my system and was moving around a lot more. I labored at home for 9 hours and then went to the hospital for an hour and a half – two pushes and he was out. When you’re feeling all that, you want to get that out as soon as possible, so you really work. You’re like, ‘I’m gonna push really hard but I’m only doing it once.’”

In speaking with Celebrity Baby Scoop recently, the busy mom-of-two was asked if medical interventions are often overused during births.

I don’t think pregnancy or labor is easy in any capacity. I think it is unfortunate that people are opting to make birth a medical issue instead of a natural process but it is a very private choice and you will never hear me lecture someone on the difference. Now if someone wanted to know the ins and outs of how I did it, I will tell them about every minute and detail.”

Maria Bello

Maria Bello said she “can’t imagine giving birth in a sterile environment like a hospital,” and that’s one reason that she labored with son Jackson Blue, now 9, in her bed. The 42-year-old shared that during the “22 hours of labor,” she “had a midwife and a thunderstorm with nothing more than an aspirin.” Although there were “times where I wanted to say, ‘Get the ambulance — I’m done,’” Maria told herself she could get through it.

Pamela Anderson

Former Baywatch babe and current Dancing with the Stars vixen, Pamela Anderson, gave birth to both of her sons – Brandon and Dylan – at home, with a midwife, without any drugs. The 42-year-old Canadian native talked about her water birth with talk show host Larry King:

I gave birth at home both times–natural–with a midwife, in water…with nothing. Not even Tylenol.”

Thandi Newton

Thandie Newton’s daughters Ripley and Nico were both born in a birthing pool. The Crash star talked about her medication/intervention-free births.

[It was] very challenging in the best way possible. Every fiber of your being is alive. It’s like you are conducting electricity, literally creating something. I’d like to give birth every year if I could, just for that experience.”

Alyson Hannigan

Alyson Hannigan has quickly become one of our favorite celebrity moms since the birth of her first child, Satyana, in March 2009. Celebrity Baby Scoop sat down with the 36-year-old How I Met Your Mother star and asked about her drug-free homebirth:

Yes. I did use a midwife and a doula. We had the option of having a doctor there, but even he said you’ll only need me if you need to be transferred to the hospital–which thankfully, I did not need.”

Mayim Bialik

Mayim Bialik has really ‘blossomed’ into an amazing and outspoken mother! An advocate of attachment parenting, Mayim also empowers women to consider medication-free homebirths. The 34-year-old mother of two talked about her second son’s homebirth, while her elder son watched.

Fred, yes, was born at home, and Miles was able to watch the whole thing from his high chair while eating granola. Fortunately it was a very fast labor because I think Miles would’ve been bored if it was longer than the hour and a half it was. He loves it, he still talks about it. It was something we talked about with our pediatrician, and believed very strongly in older siblings being present, and giving the choice. We gave him a choice before, we prepared him with videos about homebirth that our midwife prepared. Even during, I said, “If Miles wants to go the next room he can!” But he said, “No, I fine!” He got freaked out by the blood, but it was still nice.”

  • Who went for the planned C-section?

Christina Aguilera

Christina Aguilera gave birth to her first child, son Max, in January 2008. The Beautiful singer talked about her decision to go for an elective C-section.

I didn’t want any surprises. Honestly, I didn’t want any [vaginal] tearing. I had heard horror stories of women going in and having to have an emergency C-section [anyway]. The hardest part was deciding on his birthday. I wanted to leave it up to fate, but at the same time I was ready to be done early!”

Britney Spears

In 2005 prior to the birth of her first son, pop star Britney Spears told Elle magazine that she was spooked to give birth naturally because of her mother’s description of vaginal childbirth as being the most excruciating pain she had ever endured.

I have a feeling I’m going to have an operation. I don’t know why, but I hope so. My mom said giving birth was the most excruciating thing that she’s ever gone through in her life. So if a caesarean doesn’t happen, I’ll be like, ‘Epidural, please!’ Hopefully my athletic abilities will take over.”

Rumor has it she wanted to schedule her second C-section birth to coincide with Sean Preston’s birthday, but her then-husband Kevin Federline persuaded her to move the date forward. Sean’s birthday is September 14, 2005 and Jayden’s birthday is September 12, 2006.

Angelina Jolie

A-lister mom Angelina Jolie had a scheduled C-section with her first biological child, Shiloh, due to her breech presentation. The mother-of-six talked about the “fascinating” experience.

We were in this little hospital in Africa when Shi was born. I don’t think there was anybody else in the hospital. It was just a little cottage, the three of us. It ended up being the greatest thing. We had wonderful doctors and nurses. It was lovely, very personal, all three in this sweet room. We had an American doctor with us, who had met the Namibian doctors, and they worked in tandem because it was a C-section and my first and we didn’t know the country. He spent a few weeks with us. There was only one pediatrician in town, and one anesthesiologist, who had to come in for that — you have to plan it. I had a C-section and I found it fascinating. I didn’t find it a sacrifice and I didn’t find it a painful experience. I found it a fascinating miracle of what a body can do.”

Victoria Beckham

The very woman who inspired the phrase “too posh to push,” Victoria Beckham, has had 3 scheduled C-sections. While she has publicly stated that they were medically necessary, others have speculated that Vickie is not only too posh to push, but she desperately wanted to avoid abdominal stretching and the pain of natural childbirth.

Victoria has said that if she has a girl she would like to name her Luna. Although another pregnancy is likely not in the cards for the 35-year-old mother of three as doctors have warned that her body couldn’t handle a fourth C-section. Was it worth it Posh?

  • Who wanted a natural birth, but mother nature had other plans?

Kate Winslet

Kate Winslet said that when her daughter Mia was delivered via C-section in 2000 she was left feeling “like a complete failure.”

I’ve never talked about this. I’ve actually gone to great pains to cover it up. But Mia was an emergency C-section. I just said that I had a natural birth because I was so completely traumatized by the fact that I hadn’t given birth. I felt like a complete failure. My whole life, I’d been told I had great childbearing hips. There’s this thing amongst women in the world that if you can handle childbirth, you can handle anything. I had never handled childbirth, and I felt like, in some way that I couldn’t join that ‘powerful women’s club.’”

But the Academy Award-winning actress opted for the VBAC for her second child and had her “triumphant” birth:

So it was an amazing feeling having Joe naturally, vaginally. Fourteen hours with no drugs at all, but then I had to have an epidural because I was so tired. I honestly thought I’d never be able to do it. It was an incredible birth. It laid all the ghosts to rest. It was really triumphant.”

Camila Alves

Camila Alves labored at the hospital for 60 hours before her son Levi was finally delivered via C-section. Dad Matthew McConaughey famously recounted the birth story:

Contractions started kicking in. We had a 14-hour session, her and I did. I sat there with her, right between her legs. We got tribal on it, we danced to it! I was DJ-ing this Brazilian music. We were jamming! She was sweating. No painkiller, let’s go. She just clicked into that gear that only a woman has at a time like this. We’d been up for 40-something hours, and we went from dead tired to a really steadfast, ‘Let’s handle this… let’s stay in the rhythm. Don’t let the contraction be more than you.’ The doctor wanted to give her an epidural, and we said, “Give us a few more hours to keep rocking with this.’ I wasn’t speaking for Camila. She had the option of saying, ‘Give me an epidural, right now,’ whenever she wanted. This is where I learned – and no one tells you this – but having a baby is a bloody, pukey, sweaty, primeval thing! And I mean that as a beautiful thing. It is wild. But the vacuum didn’t work, and the doctor said, ‘C-section.’”

Kellie Martin

Life goes on! Kellie Martin was set on giving birth naturally and was disappointed that she had to be induced when her daughter Maggie didn’t want to come on her own.

I was induced, and I really, really wanted to have her naturally. No drugs, no nothing, because that’s what my mom did with me so Ifigured — you know — I’m as tough as my mother!

Maggie changed her mind after her water broke, but Kellie’s husband and her nurse helped her get through it.

We got a couple of hours into the real, good contractions and they broke my water… and once that happened, I said ‘Okay, no, no, no,no… can’t do it. Can’t do it! Drugs! Somebody help me…I have to have drugs.’ And my husband knew how important it was to me to have Maggie naturally so he just kept changing the subject, and my nurse kept changing the subject…She’d be like ‘Ooooh, look! It’s so beautiful outside!’ And I was like, ‘Seriously, no one is listening tome.’ And by that point I’d really forgotten that I needed the drugs,and it was time to push.”

Laila Ali

Laila Ali had planned on having an unmedicated homebirth. The 32-year-old professional boxer ended up in the hospital and required pain relief and medical support during labor.

He is healthy, he is here, and even though everything didn’t go the way I would have liked it to have gone… that’s the way it was supposed to be,” Ali said.

What is your birth story? Natural? Planned C-section? Epidural? Homebirth?

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  1. Anonymous

    Victoria is not “too posh to push”! She said the babies were breech and therefore couldn’t be born naturally. I’m pretty sure Romeo was also an emergency c-section as she tried to give birth naturally but the doctors decided that wasn’t possible.

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    • Anonymous

      Since when does breech=c-section?
      My mum was born naturally and she was breech. I have two friends who borthed breech babies naturally.
      Its another one of those myths we’ve taken hook line and sinker.

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      • Anonymous

        Breech DOES often contraindicate vaginal birth. Often the babe is unable to be birthed due to positioning during the labour, and can worsten from the usual upside down position you imagine. A babe in distress, stuck sideways or half turned is also a possibility. Every baby should be born healthy, not in distress, wtih the best possible start. Suggestions such as yours suggest that you have NO real medical or nursing or midwife background. If you do not know what could happen, you shouldnt be deciding what should.

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        • Anonymous

          Frank or complete breech presentations can be delivered vaginally. Footling breech is best delivered by c-section due to risk of prolapsed cord. Breech presentations in general are less and less likely to be delivered vaginally largely due to lack of experience on the part of the attending physician/midwife/other healthcare provider.
          This is unfortunate since vaginal delivery is less risky, with fewer complications and a shorter recovery time.
          See Obstet Gynecol. 2006 Jul;108(1):235-7. “ACOG Committee Opinion No. 340. Mode of term singleton breech delivery.”

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        • Anonymous

          I do have extensive birth training and the other woman is right. Just because a baby is breach does not mean you need a c-section. It decreases the risk of being sued if something were to go wrong so hospitals make it policy. Many medical training does not include witnessing or understanding natural birth so ob’s don’t know how to do it. This is a fact as I am both an OB and have midwifery training. Midwives know more about natural birth than doctors botton line.

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          • Floridamommy

            But a midwife can’t do a C-section, if needed, and the time it takes the birthing Mother to get help and get her baby out coud very well out her baby at great risk for brain damage or death and also put the Mother at great risk too. My Mom is an Midwife and refuses to deliver breeched babies, no out oflegal fear, but out iof her personal feeling that the reward is not worth the risk. Ever.

    • Sonia806

      I agree with what has been replied to you.
      She IS too posh to push.
      Breech babies can and HAVE been delivered – IF it is the truth it was purelly used as an exuse out of natural birth.
      Women have been delivering breech babies before caesarean sections were invested for crying out loud.

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      • Anonymous

        I totally disagree with this comment. Yes breech babies have been delivered naturally and in the past most breech babies were born this way. but now that breech births are rare doctors and midwives dont have the experience in performing breech deliveries and there are many potential complications. my baby was breech and born by c-section (my waters broke before they could try to turn my baby) and i can assure you it was not an excuse to get out of having a natural birth, which i very much had wanted. when a doctor tells you that if you try to have a breech birth your baby could be seriously injured or even die what choice is there? believe me it is not an easier option- it was painful to even sit myself up in bed at night to get up for my daughter for weeks and i still find it upsetting now and people with your views dont help.

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        • Anonymous

          I had the exact same experience as you and my baby was also born 6 weeks early, the only option at the hospital was c-section for me and my baby´s safety. I wanted a “natural” birth and felt very disapointed, I am also very afraid of operations so that did not help. I am very thankful that everything went so well. Most people do not chose c-section and it is not an easier option, it is just another way to give birth and the most important thing is that the baby is fine so I am very glad that c-section exists! I just wish that people understood that and were more supportive.

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        • Anonymous

          Midwives are highly trained in breech birth and have MANY experiences with them. At least mine do.

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          • Anonymous

            This is not true. My sister used a midwife. My nephew ended up being breech. She had no experience at all with a breech baby.

          • Menoja

            Midwifes these days have very little knowledge about breech babies. I went through a horrible delivery, where my son’ s feet were first , after that his bottom and then the rest of the body…. Stupid midwifes were making such idiotic decisions that we almost died both of us….. At th end u ended up with a full anastetics and a seriouse operation to rescue me and the baby….. So heh, quite frankly…. Now being second time pregnant after 4 years since the first pregnancy ….. I am not going to let that happend …. And if my second child is breech i shall go straight to c section….. People who have not experienced this horried scary events can talk as much rubbish about breech as they like…. But when baby is breech ….it is dangerous for both ….women and children…..

        • Floridamommy

          Well put! Just bc it can be done, and it was done in the past….does NOT mean it should be done today. I am a shocked at some of these comments and the needless risks some people are willing to take with a life!.

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      • Anonymous

        What do you guys care if she wanted to have her children via c-section. If you’re a mother or pregnant maybe you should know that these decisions are very private and emotional. And when God and the baby decide the time and on how it’s going to be done, it will!

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      • Anonymous

        Yes breech babies HAVE been delivered BUT
        Actually, Most doctors these days are not trained to deliver breech babies. If you can’t get the baby to turn you may end up having to get a C-section. Unless you find a really old doctor.

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        • Anonymous

          yes most doctors wont do a breach vaginal birth because it is unsafe – it can be very traumatic for the mother, and there is also a very dangerous risk of cord prolapse, and delivery of the feet before the cervix is fully dilated, leading to the head (the larges part) getting stuck.

          also, birth is very personal, who has the right to talk badly of a womans choice of how she will deliver her child from her body? no woman should be forced into birthing a certain way

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          • Anonymous

            I agree completely with this comment. Breech vaginal births can be very traumatic and complicated and result in emergency C-sections anyway.
            When a mother is plagued with anxiety and maternal distress then the baby wont progress properly and alot of times they end up needing to be delivered by forceps or ventouse which is horrible and means the mother needs an episiotomy which is a cut into the perenium, also healing from a vaginal birth is not all plain sailing, it hurts to pee, to poo and to have sex and some women report never being able to enjoy sex again after a bad vaginal birth, also babies can lose oxygen if they get stuck in the birth canal or have cord prolapse, meconium in the waters and so forth

            C-sections have been performed for over 600 years however they were done only when the mother was not likely to survive as the baby would surely die of oxygen deprivation if they did not perform one

            thank god we live in a world now where C-sections are relatively safe and women are given the right to choose.
            Why judge a woman for how she brings a baby into the world? she has her reasons, you do not know what she has been through to come to the point of requesting a section, medical intervention or epidurals, how dare people judge these women? Birth as I know is a hard and terrifying experience for some women and women like me with severe anxiety and medical problems so leave us alone and let us have our babies how we choose!!!

  2. Anonymous

    OF COURSE Mayim Bialik did a home birth. To her, doctors are the devil.

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  3. One Two

    Mariska Hargitay also wanted a natural delivery but had to have a c-section because the baby was over 10 pounds and a week overdue!

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    • Anonymous

      It is a myth that a big baby means it has to come out via c-sec. 10lbs is not that big. The head is the biggest part and isn’t what makes the baby big. Being a week overdue is also not a reason for a c-section.

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      • Megan

        Sure it’s possible, with a fourth degree vaginal tear. With modern medical technology women aren’t required to have permanent medical issues as a result of birthing a big baby. I sure don’t want my vagina to become one with my anus and be incontinet for life.

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        • Mandy

          That’s actually not true either. Babies were actually much bigger a while ago. I had a 100% natural at home birth with my 9 lb baby boy and my 8 lb 8oz baby boy and did not tear even a little with either and my 8lb baby had an unusually large head (doctor’s words). Plus that was with SPD (Which is where your pelvic joint stretches to far so that the pelvic becomes mis-aligned). I wasn’t to far off of 10lbs and wasn’t anywhere close to even a 1 degree tear. Women have been having babies safely forever and now all of a sudden things have gotten better because of c-sections? Please! The US is the third highest mortality rate for births then any other the rest of the developed world and the highest c-section rate. We need to start trusting ourselves and our bodies again and not so much the doctors. I will completely admit that c-sections can help but not with how often they’re used.

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          • Snickers

            Dear Mandy,
            Not all women have a vagina like a wizard’s sleeve. I for one have a very tight vagina, and I’m happy for it to stay that way.

      • Kayte

        Hi, I agree with you, my cousin had a 10kb 10 baby with entinox (I cant blame her for wanting drugs), yes it took a long time for her baby to be born – 40some hours but she recovered quickly and got on with the job of being a mother and bonding with her baby.
        One of my friends however, HAD to have her 2nd child via emergency c-sec because her baby boy turned at the last minute. this led to her not being able to do anything like what she could after her baby girl was born. Im not saying that C-secs are bad, they are brilliant when used in emergencies.
        but just having a c-sec to choose your baby’s birthday is really really selfish and I cant see myself asking for one in the future (not that i am rich enough too lol). also just to add, my daughter was born after a 4 hour labour (with entenox and I was out of the hospital within 12 hours!!! x

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      • Anonymous

        im a 8th months pregnant , this is my first babay and till now everythings going normally , but my doctor s told me that the c section is more safe for the baby health , so really im very confused

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        • Anonymous

          get a new doctor. that is the dumbest thing I have heard.

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        • musicaldoula

          You’ve probably had the baby by now – vaginally I hope. Re: “c-section is more safe for the baby”. Wow, that’s false information! In 2 to 6 percent of C-sections, when the doctor cuts into the uterus, he cuts into the baby. Babies born via elective C-section are 2X likely to end up in neonatal intensive care and 3X likely to have serious respiratory problems as newborns. Then there is the issue of guessing when the baby’s “ready” to be born which has led to increased numbers of babies being cut out prematurely. Prematurity and respiratory distress syndrome – major causes of newborn death.

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      • PhdGirl

        Umm….I had a 10lb baby via c-section. Why? Because my doctor “highly recommended it.” I went in to the doctor that last week of my pregnancy and they found out his measurements indicated 10 lbs or larger and his head size was in the 80th percentile. Big boys can have big heads. It may be possible for some women to give birth to large babies but my doctor, who is known for discouraging c-sections unless absolutely medically necessary, told me he felt that was the best decision. I’ve never regretted it for one second. I think it’s fun to say I’ve had a baby but have never even experienced contractions. Who needs that really? I don’t think I’ve missed out on a thing. My son was born and that’s all that matters….doesn’t matter how he was born and I’m glad my doctor was willing to make that call for me.

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        • Flora

          My first was a girl at 8lbs 8oz. delivered in the hospital after a failed induction and 37 hours of labor. I wish I had not allowed my doctor to make the decision to induce based on her size. I felt like I was going to die and the epidural didn’t even work! Her head was much larger than my son who was 10lbs. 2oz. and I had a natural waterbirth and took only 10 hours of labor and hurt a lot less and my recovery time was quicker. Let me tell you delivering the placenta is what hurt more than having the baby. So let’s just throw that larger babies = larger heads myth right out the window.

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        • Jen

          C-sections are not necessarily safer. Babies born by c-section are far more likely to end up in NICU for fluid in their lungs and transient tachypnea, because the fluid isn’t squeezed out during birth and they don’t receive the hormones produced during labor. In addition, babies take different amounts of time to mature and are often not ready to be born if the mom hasn’t gone into labor. Big babies are frequently born easily vaginally with no trauma to the mom and with better outcomes for baby. Jen, childbirth educator and doula of 20 years and RN student graduating in a few weeks!

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    • Anonymous

      Hmmm, my son was 9.3lb and my daughter 10.10lb. Although I was able to give birth naturally I credit my body with allowing that but I am a not as small as Marissa so to me it sounds possible that she could not give birth naturally.

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    • Anonymous

      Both mine were over 10 lbs and overdue. My first was overdue by 4 weeks and my second by a week. Drs. can’t make you do anything. And there is NO medical reason for having a c-section simply on those facts.

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    • Anonymous

      I weighed 11 lbs – 14 days overdue. All natural in 2 hours.

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  4. Anonymous

    I think Gisele described the experience best- “It was amazing to experience my body become free to do what it was made to do by allowing my mind and my body to let go”
    I understand that giving birth is a scary and painful thing, but women’s bodies have been made to be able to bear children and give birth. I don’t understand why so many women are scared to let their body do what it was made to do. Its not short of incredible what a woman’s body can do.
    I hate the idea of c-sections and epidurals. Its fine if the pregnancy has complications and that’s what the doctor recommends, but to be like Christina A and say “I didn’t want tearing” and “I was done,” well…maybe you’re not ready to have a baby then.
    Today’s society has really scared women. All people share are their horror stories about birth. Its so sad that when people like Gisele and Jessica Alba share their positive stories other women think they’re lying or trying to show they’re better or something. Their attitude and approach to giving birth is what made it less traumatic for them compared to so many other moms today. Is it painful? of course. But your body is made to be able to bear that pain, and its nothing short of a mirable that women have the power to give birth.

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  5. Mishka

    This story is irresponsible. It makes mothers who have had to have C sections feel less of a mother because they didn’t have a vaginal birth, and that’s frankly just mean. My daughter got stuck after pushing for 2 1/2 hours and I had to have a c-section. I’ve never felt like less of a mother because she had to be cut out of me rather than pushed out, and stories like this just make moms everywhere feel bad.

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    • Megan

      I agree, this article is mean. All women who have babies, no matter how, are strong and amazing. No technique is better than another.

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    • Diana

      There is a difference between an elective C-section and an emergency C. Obviously, if it was medically necessary for the baby and mother, then yes, it is exactly the birth experience you are meant to have. BUT it’s pretty apparent that these women were planning their C-Sections. I mean really – 4 C-Sections? Come on – Posh really is too posh to push.

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      • Anonymous

        Some doctors don’t allow VBAC’s, it doesn’t mean she’s ‘too posh to push’ it could also mean her docs found it to be safer for her to do repeat c-sections. People jump to conclusions too quick.

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        • Mandy

          Then get a new doctor. You have the choice and if the doctor doesn’t like it then screw them. Many women have done it. Doctors are not “God” and people should remember that. If a woman wants to have a VBAC then unless there is a true medical reason (which has been determined by extensive testing) then I say why can’t they have one? Doctors tend to deny before even checking and that needs to be changed.

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  6. LaKesha

    This post is irresponsible. None of us know why any of these women had C-section births–we are not their medical providers. To insinuate that they would choose this process for vanity purposes–simply disgusting.

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    • Anonymous

      thank you to you and the other women who have stood up for women who have cesareans – I would hate for a new mother who had a c section to read the negative posts and feel down because of them, its terrible that women who have cesareans are judged so harshly and to suggest they shouldnt have children if they want c sections is very cruel – no one has the right to say that.

      childbirth is personal and a very private matter, and shouldnt be judged by others

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  7. Anonymous

    I don’t believe the post is irresponsible. Scheduled c-sections have become VERY popular – and I think the article is just trying to explore more about the reasons about why some women opt for a scheduled c-section or epidurals, and why others do not.
    Although it focuses on celebrities, I think we can all relate to knowing women who decided on each of these options, and for similar reasons (I can easily think of examples for all of them).
    Regardless of how you chose to give birth (or didn’t choose because of complications) – any woman should feel proud of themselves for carrying their child for 9 months (or however long), and getting through the birthing experience.

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    • Flora

      I think the new thing that’s replacing c-sections is now inductions, which is much more dangerous and puts the child and mother at risk and leads to more c-sections from complications.

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  8. cemetreesc

    i wanted a natural birth but i had to be induced and due to that they had to keep me hooked up to monitors the whole time so i couldnt move around a lot to be comfortable, which is sad. by the time i asked for the epidural they checked me right after and i was at 10 and ready to push. so i did make it to 10 cm on pitocin without pain relief.. we just did not know it until they checked me.

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    • hlbronson

      The same thing pretty much happened to me. I asked for the epidural at 7 cm, it took a half hour for the anesthesiologist to get to my room, they spent an hour trying to get the IV in my wrist, so when the finally administered the epidural, they checked me and I was 9 cm. The epidural only kept me pain free for about an hour, I couldn’t feel my first few pushes but after that I sure as heck could! I am thinking that maybe with the next baby I can make it the whole way drug free :)

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  9. Renee

    My son is due in early May, I hope he’s coming on his own! At which point i will for sure be getting an epidural! If he doesn’t come on his own, then there’s a scheduled induction for 41 weeks!

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  10. River'smom

    Stop making each other feel bad about how your births went…

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  11. Anonymous

    I think it’s clear this story is not intended to make women who have had c-sections feel bad, Mishka and Lakesha. You are no less of a woman or mother because your baby needed help getting out safely. What’s irresponsible are elective c-sections. Deciding to have major abdominal surgery for your own convenience is extremely unwise. It’s sad that some women think that’s okay.

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    • LaKesha

      The story is irresponsible because there has been no proof that the celebrity women cited had an elective c-section birth. The story insinuates that the women have come forth and said ‘my c-section was elective,’ which is not the case. Celebrity mothers are always under tough criticism, and in this case, it is appalling that their pregnancies and births are under this ridiculous scrutiny, based on no proof.

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  12. Shirilicious

    I’m with Mishka and LaKesha. More so, I think Jenny is being plain derisive when asking “Was it worth it Posh?” in regards to reports that Victoria Beckham wants another child but doctor’s are advising against it since they think she can’t handle another c-section.
    Imagine someone asking you this after you really had no other chance but giving birth via c-section.

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  13. Anonymous

    Wow, those of you that had C-sections are being defensive! This post isn’t knocking anyone that HAD to have a C-section. However, it is ridiculous and unnecessary to have one when it is NOT needed. (The whole “too posh to push” phenomenon. ) Many celebrities have supposedly had their babies that way in order to avoid the whole getting way too big, stretched out tummy syndrome that happens.(-especially during the last 3 weeks!) Our bodies are meant to labor and push a baby out through our vaginal canals for a reason- it helps stimulate circulation and lung function- it’s really best to let nature take it’s course when you are able to.

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    • Megan

      The “Our bodies are meant to labor” statement is ignorant. Sure, it’s possible to have an uncomplicated vaginal delivery, but I think we’ve all heard the HORRIFIC stories of women getting stage 4 vaginal tears and are incontinent now, not to mention the discomfort during sex. Delivery method is a personal choice. It’s not like a c-section is easy and these women are getting away pain free!

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  14. Anonymous

    Having had two c-sections myself, I could not understand anyone selecting this option. It takes your body a long time to heal. It is MAJOR surgery and y ou don’t get rest because you’re a mom (nursing, etc). Most women with natural childbirth are up and going after a very short time. Even as little as a week. Again, we are lucky to have c-sections for women complications and can deliver a healthy baby.

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  15. Victoria

    @The scond to last anonymous I understand what you’re getting at but it’s not the post, you’d be surprised how many women out there think that other women who’ve given birth via c-section are somehow less than women who have given birth vaginally.

    I don’t have kids so I don’t know the pain of birth first hand, but I’ll take the word of mothers all over the world, that it is painful. I don’t agree with getting a C-Section for vain reasons such as stretch marks, but there are alot of women that are scared to death of childbirth. I give Giselle and every woman who has given birth naturally their due credit, but everyone’s birthing experience is different, Giselle may have had what she considers a pleasant birthing experience, but next time around, she could do an interview saying it was hell on earth and nothing like the first. I’m also over the women talking about how women have been giving birth for millions of years. Everyone knows that, how do you think we got where we are today, but if women are going to say that, I think it’s important to acknowledge that every woman and or baby did not survive childbirth. Every child’s birth is different, everyone mother is not going to be in and out 3 hours 3 pushes and you’re done, some women have been in labor for days before giving birth. Some women’s babies can get stuck, are breech, have just major complications that I can’t take the time to name but will reqire a c-section. Don’t knock anyone’s choices.

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    • Flora

      I think a lot of the problems that arise from childbirth have a lot to do with the mother’s attitude toward labor and delivery. I was scared to death about having my first and allowed everyone’s horror stories to influence my state of mind. I feel that’s the result of my horrible hospital birthing experience with my first. I felt birth raped. After doing more research and watching movies like The Business of Being Born, I learned how hospitals have taken away a lot of rights from midwives and women and have shaped the attitudes of western culture towards giving birth. It doesn’t have to be scary–it can be empowering and sure it’s painful but the mind has an amazing way of overcoming pain. My second was a natural waterbirth and I don’t regret it. No complications no tearing and no incontinence issues. My second is much calmer and healthier too compared to my first who has adhd and all sorts of health issues which I attribute to the traumatic induction, pitocin and epidural used in the birthing process.

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  16. G's Mum

    dosent the adominal stretching come WITH and during the pregnancy? not caused by natural childbirth? whos the air head that said that? there bellys been swelling since the 4th month do they suddenly expect the damage is done because u pushed the baby out of ur vaj jay? lol

    I prefer the elective c section. My body my baby my choice. I’d had 2 births more than 30 hrs long previously, exhausting, tired babys with vaccumed heads. i didnt want to go thru that again, so had 2 painless, fast e/c and im no less of a mother because i didnt push them out. each to their own. No one gets a medal for screaming for 28 hours or are more warriors than anyone else :)

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  17. GentleDoula

    For all of you saying “we don’t know why these women had c-sections” in some cases we do. Christina Aguilera said flat out that she had hers because she was afraid of vaginal birth. Britney said flat out that she was afraid of the pain, so chose to bypass it. Both of them let their fears dictate a course that is known to be more risky for both mother and child, and that’s sad. When you’re well informed, well educated and you don’t let people spook you with their horror stories (and really, women, stop undermining your friends, sisters and daughters with your scary birth stories, it’s unnecessary and offensive) you can have a healthy, safe, non-surgical birth unless you have medical complications. Don’t let yourself be scared.

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    • Kitty

      Just because Britney said she was scared of the pain doesn’t mean it was an elective C-section. It may have been an emergency – or she might have even opted for one when labour became complicated or long, before trying alternatives first – but we don’t know that she booked it in ahead of time without a medical reason for doing so.

      What first-time mum isn’t scared of labour at SOME point before they go through it? I’d roll my eyes at any mum who claimed she’d somehow managed to ignore that instinctive human fear of the unknown and had never felt a moment of worry or intimidation before her first birth. There’s nothing wrong with admitting fear. The whole point is it’s an act of strength and power when someone faces their fears and does something DESPITE their apprehension, not because they were fearless when they did it.

      I haven’t had children yet. You betcha I’m afraid of the pain – and I will admit I find it pretty scary, right until the day I give birth. It doesn’t mean I’ll “choose to bypass” the pain and have a C-section, though. Far from it – C-section will stay the last resort.

      Britney said she was afraid of labour pain and ultimately did have a C-section, but that doesn’t prove she didn’t try a vaginal birth first. Most first-time mothers ignore their fears and at least attempt labour, so how can we be sure Britney didn’t? Let yourself be scared – just don’t let it become irrational panic and make your decisions for you. There’s a difference.

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  18. Anonymous

    A mother is a lifetime experience, not just the birthing process. I think women get a little to critical of eachother. Whichever way you decide to have your baby is totally a personal choice and should be supported. You are a mother for the rest of your life, why get hung up on a short segment. leave eachother alone and start suppotring your fellow mothers- no one is perfect.

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  19. No drugs for me

    I gav birth to my first child under the influence of Demerol. I can’t remember much of the birth as Demerol has a tendency to put me to sleep. It stopped my labor, so as a concequence it took longer to give birth. My baby was sleep for a week. He got jaundiced because he couldn’t say awake to eat. My second child was natural all the way. I recovered much faster and my baby was alert.I labored with waters intact, so it was much easier, even if it was a bit longer. My third child was drug free, too. He had his own ideas about arrival. He turned during a Braxton-Hicks and broke the water, one and a half hours later he was here! My sister had a C-section for her first, 4 succesive V-VACs and the last one C-Section because she was breech. My sister-in-law had short, fast deliveries. She said she’d had menstrual cramps worse than labor was. Every one is different.

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  21. Anonymous

    i have a bad experincie for c- section. is too bad for me

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  22. Nadya

    Hello! I’m from Ukraine))).
    I want to say that in our country, as well as in Russia.
    Women are trying to give birth naturally!
    And only on the testimony of a woman doctor can make a cesarean section.
    There are different diseases are not compatible with childbirth. Or, breech presentation, like Angelina Julie.
    That is just the woman’s request for caesarean section, we do not. Must be the reason for this.
    And many women in our dream to have a baby themselves, through the birthing journey.

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  23. Anonymous

    Hi,
    I can understand why some women are feeling defensive about their C-Sections. My first baby was born via emergency C-Section. At the time of labour- when I heard C-Section- it was a big relief. The operation went well and it wasnt until few weeks later – when my body was healing that I realised how constraining this healing process can be.

    What daunted me was the comments coming from people around me. Especially family members and friends- making statements such as “not being a real woman”- such comments came from people that bore children naturally. These comments were outright nasty and mean.

    I felt like retailiating that ok, what does natural birth mean? Does it mean being assisted with drugs in a hospital or does it mean popping your baby out in the paddock? The point is we can argue till we go blue…..

    After dwelling on these comments for so long and actually talking to women that had babies via c-section or who have had mixed birthd- c-sections and natural delivery- I came to a conclusion that – yes I had an operation but atleast I am happy and thankful to God that I am still alive and so is my baby and that I am living in a country where medical intervention can take place.
    Just imagine those women who died while giving childbirth and who lost their babies while giving birth.

    Natural or c-section- whatever- at the end of the day- be happy that you have had a healthy baby to take home.

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    • Anonymous

      Thank you Anonymous…..my daughter was born by c-section almost 21 years ago because she was breached. No matter how you gave birth, it does not make you any less of a woman.

      Just because a woman had her child naturally, makes her no saint, you will still be born, live and die the same as anyone else.

      I am very happy with my decision and would do it all over again if I had to. I had 3 hours of labor and all I have to show for it is a little bikini cut just below my abdomen….love it.

      My daughter is a healthy, happy, beautiful young woman….no regrets.

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      • Flora

        “you will still be born, live and die the same as anyone else”

        Yes, but what kind of quality of life is your baby going to have after being pumped full of pitocin, pain relief drugs and not having the natural bacteria that comes from the birth canal to colonize the gut that helps digest food? Look how many kids have bipolar disorder, adhd, and autoimmune disorders in this country who are being put on medication.

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    • Nadya

      A second child, also by caesarean section was born? We have doctors fear natural childbirth after cesarean.
      The most important result of our birth, our children! That they are healthy and happy! After all, the way they appear on the light, not so important!

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  24. Anonymous

    Prince William was born on the Summer Solstice June 21, 1982 when
    he was extracted by cesarean from Princess Diana at a precise time.

    21st of June is a Pagan holiday. Royalty are not Christian.

    You work it out?!!

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  26. Lolo

    The doctors chose to naturally deliver my nephew, who was in a breech position. He now has the worst form of cerebral palsy and is a quadripalegic. C-Sections are done for a reason.

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  27. Megan

    I plan on having a planned c-section for my first delivery. Most of the women in my family endured hours of labor for their first deliveries before requiring emergency c-sections. One of my friends was in labor for 20 hours, had an epesiotomy and then needed an emergency c-section. Because she had already been pushing, the baby was low in the birth canal and they needed to cut her vertically and horizontally to get the baby out. Another friend of mine had 4th degree tears straight through to her anus. Me, my husband, my sisters, all of my niece and nephews and many of my friends babies were born via c-section. Therefore it’s good enough for my baby. There is nothing wrong with wanting a c-section to prevent vaginal tearing. Delivery method is a very personal choice and no one has the right to judge you.

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    • anon

      the tearing is not talked about enough as i think they dont want to scare women…i pushed the head out and did not tear but her shoulders got stuck and i tore up to my clitoris…not nice and i had never even realised this could happen!! the worst bit was i spent the whole pregnancy terrified of tearing…do what you gotta do i say! Good luck and all the best

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    • Flora

      That is why women do waterbirthing. It prevents tearing and helps with pain relief naturally. I can attest to this as I had my first in the hospital with a 2nd degree tear and my second was a natural waterbirth–no tearing and no complications.

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  28. Anonymous

    Vaginal tearing is not always an issue, esp. if you have a good doctor and staff that help dialatioin during birth (its called milking) the makes the vagina streatch with out any tearing at all and it goes back to normal, both of my sisters were over 10lbs and my mother had no tearing at all, same story with my best friend. The position that you are in when you deliver in a hostpital on your back causes you to push more so does the medication that women are given in the hostpital, these make contractions unnaturally strong which duh causes tearing, if you are standing or in a squatting postition gravity does a lot of the work.

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  30. KEKE

    I WOULD PREFER VAGINAL BIRTH PROBAB WIT AN EPIDURAL OR MAY NOT USE AN EPIDURAL BUT I PREFER VAGINAL BIRTH BECUZ U MAY HEAL FASTER….C-SECTIONS TAKE WEEKS OR MONTHS 2 HEAL…BUT DATZ JUST MAH OPINION… SO RESPECT IT!!! WOMEN WHO GIVE BIRTH WITHOUT AN EPIDURAL ARE SOMETIMES LOOKED UPON AS BEIN’ BRAVE OR NAIVE BUT I DO UNDERSTAND WHY WOMEN ARE AFRAID OF NATURAL OR VAGINAL BIRTH BECUZ OF DA TEARIN’ & I UNDERSTAND WHY SOME WOMEN WANT C-SECTIONS & WHY SOMETIMES C-SECTIONS ARE NECCESSARY BECUZ SOMETIMES DA BABY WON’T COME OUT AFTER SEVERAL HOURS OF PUSHIN’ OR DA BABY MADE BE BREECHED OR TURNED OVA IN A OPPOSITE DIRECTION N DA WOMB…EITHER WAY U STILL GAVE BIRTH…SO IT REALLY DOESN’T MATTER HOW U GIVE BIRTH BECUZ EITHER WAY CUZ UR STILL GOIN’ 2 GO THROUGH PAIN, UR NOT LESS OF A MOTHER IF U HAVE A C-SECTION OR GAVE BIRTH VAGINALLY, SO IT REALLY DOESN’T MATTER!!!

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  31. Sammie

    Now all of you that see fit to have pre-determined that all breach babies can be delivered naturally or unassisted would be very tunnel visioned this is not done these days depending on the breach itself and on the labour stage. Policy has now changed in this area due to the loss of life of many babies years ago amungst other complications that can and did occur, hence we have less babies today born in distress of breach and damaged by forsips deliveries wihch was common prior to c-section and sometimes fatal. Please refrain from judgments so broad as this is not a one answer issue and no case is the same, if you are not in that position of that person giving birth than I would think it terribly shallow to make such a judgment as all mothers yearn for a happy healthy baby and safe delivery for all involved. Rates of C-sections have increased due to many factors the superficial ones like Christina’s being the least and not highly relevant, the biggest factor being changes in policy and guidlines and risk to benefit to patient and baby, aswell as latter complications. Child birth is so very personal and we could all take a high road saying one way is better than others however this dooes not and will not make you the worlds greatest parent, but maybe a little judgmental.

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    • Flora

      I think the increase of c-sections is due to more inductions being on the rise. C-section is many times the result of complications from an induction. The problem is everybody wants these babies to come out before they’re ready and doctors keep moving up due dates and making women think if they don’t have the baby on their due date, then it’s late and the doctor makes the decision for an induction or c-section.

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  32. Anonymous

    Not all of us who have c-sections are wimps.. or less than.. or weak.. or whatever else.

    I had pre-eclampsia, nearly stroked out while in labour, and had to have a c-section. I don’t feel like less of a woman because of it.. if anything I was probably stronger than I’d ever been in my whole life, dealing with the strain of “major abdominal surgery” and having a newborn infant to care for all that same time.

    I wish some would quit being so bloody self righteous. We can all find fault with everyone’s choices if we look at then long enough. At the end of the day, it’s the reward of a baby that’s important.

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  33. Maggie

    I had a totally drug free natural birth after being induced. From start to finish my labour way only 3 hours which sounds like a dream to most people but I can say hand on heart it was terrifying and traumatic. I asked for drugs but was ignored and told that \i would be fine…easy for someone else to say||! I went into labour naturally with my second and it was going great and not as painful |(due to not being induced) then his heart rate dropped drastically so I went for an emergency c-section. All up the c section was fine and I recovered both mentall and physically much quicker so I guess its just down to how it goes on the day and being flexible with your options. Someone once said (wisely)…its your body and you have to do it so no-one else has the right to tell you how :-)

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  34. Anonymous

    It’s all about having a healthy baby. The rest means nothing after that initial day. My 4’10″ petite and her 6’6″ large boned and larger headed husband produced huge, large headed babies. Two boys 14.6 lbs. and the following year 13.9 lbs. and and even larger head. The first time the nurse/midwife at the hospital kept encouraging her to have the baby naturally. After 22 hours of labor, the Dr. said enough, finally, that head is not coming out the birth canal without damage. Immediate c-section. I toddler sized newborn happy and healthy. Her next was a repeat but they went straight to the c-section on my sister’s insistence. This boy had an even wider head circumference. Her friend the midwife had tried to encourage her to try a natural birth again this time. She categorically refused! An even wider head circumference. Really smart idea, huh? Death is natural, as well as cancer and hosts of other diseases. Birth at home may be all comfy and relaxing, but birth in the hospital is monitored closely with an OR or NICU just a gurneys roll down the hall. Time is of huge importance, unless you have a crystal ball and can see all and can GUARANTEE that there will not be an emergency which would require mother and/or child be transported immediately to the hospital for lifesaving treatment. No matter where you are, it won’t be as close as down the hall on a gurney. The only thing important to my sister was having healthy children (in her case HUGE) healthy children. So she is happy with her choice to forgo the relaxing atmosphere and excellent food at home and take no chances with her children’s’ birth. No choice really: ambiance and comfort for mom to bask in her superior naturalness or sterile, clinical birth in a hospital with all emergency equipment and personell just seconds away in cas of emergency. Was a no brainer to me too. Even the SLIGHTEST chance that being seconds away from lifesaving care (and sometimes you only have seconds) makes the choice of the hospital setting and experience the one she’d choose again. If you only look for wrong or the conspiracy in medicine then that is all you will see. In that case do the medical personell a favor and birth at home. Just seems more intelligent to go with the Dr. with decades of study and experience over the Google U graduate (and lets not forget Ricky Lake).

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  35. linds

    ok, i think that sums it all up i was thinking (just vaguely) about home birth but the people i’ve talked to have really had that crazy like conspiracy mind set. the evil doc/hospital/pharmaceutical companies are out to get them. vaccines. lets just let a bunch of deadly diseases return because we’re to ignorant to understand the science and listen to the pseudosciene garbage that we want to hear. its what they seem to be looking for and they grab on to it. my mothers group is slanted heavily this way. with a doctorate in microbiology i can see the “science they choose to believe is just flat out wrong”. Google U, never heard that expression but love it. the home birth crowd seems a bit too weird for my tastes. there are a lot of “natural” things i’d like to avoid too. think that birthing at home idea is appealing from a comfort point of view. gotta admit i like that but i’ve decided it’s not the safest option for the baby. it may be just as safe if there are not problems, but i guess i don’t have a crystal ball to ensure this either and i certainly know that the nature of an emergency is that it is unexpected. maybe i can make the hospital room more homelike by bringing a few photos and things with me. my family can be there too. yeah no waiting for an ambulance if there is a real problem.

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  37. Anonymous

    I had twins and the doctors gave me a choice. I decided to try a vaginal delivery because I was scared of surgery. Everything went as planned and babies are healthy. If the doctor’s ever told me that a c-section was necessary, I would have done it. I don’t know if doctor’s should give people choices but hey, I’m not a doctor. If it’s safe to have a c-section, I say go for it.

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  38. melinda

    Fact: as long as the baby and the mom are healthy, it is a successful birth! What is the difference how the children came to be in the world, as long as they’re healthy? I guess, for me, childbirth wasn’t the “defining” moment of my life. My years of parenting have been filled with far more defining moments. My children make each day special. If women want to pat themselves on the back and brag about how super-fantastic-awesome they are because they went the frontier-woman childbirth route, well, gals, you go right ahead! But, frankly, birth story snobbery is disgusting. Additionally, I find it laughable that celebrity medical advice is taken so seriously these days. (I’m looking at you, Jenny McCarthy. Vaccines are unsafe, huh? But I guess all that silicone and hair bleach is good for your health, right? *eye roll). Luckily for Giselle, Ricki, Mayim, et. al., they had no complications during homebirth. But, complications do arise. If you are the one having them, you’ll be glad you are in a hospital. I had serious complications with my first child. Thankfully, both of my children were delivered safely in a hospital setting. I guarantee they are just as intelligent, healthy, well-behaved, and attractive as any kids anywhere, if not more so. I wouldn’t change a thing about them, or how they got here, as if that is so important.

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  39. Ren

    I have to say hats off to women who were willing and able to go through the natural birth process. They are often mocked or attacked for making the decision to experience all aspects birth without medical intervention unless absolutely necessary.
    A major surgery (c-section) to save a life makes sense but to use it cater to scheduling needs of a hospital or women too scared or vain to pass a child through the birth canal is just sad.
    Birth is not a disease.

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  40. Asya

    I am from Turkey. C-sectıon rates are probably the hıghest here among the world. I gave bırth ın the U.S.A. My baby was 8.11 -bıg baby. I had pıtocın. epıdural and the doc. used vacuum on me. ı was told ı had 2nd degree tear. actually they mısdıagnosed I thınk-ıt feels lıke 3rd degree. I stıll suffer from ıncontınence. I dont thınk bıg babıes should be delıevered vagınally-especıally ıf you are delıverıng for the fırst tıme. I am not agaınst c-sectıons at all ın sıtuatıons lıke mıne. natural bırth ıs a dream. but unfortunately ıt just doesn’t go the way you want ıt to go.

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    • Flora

      Same thing happened to me. It was the induction that caused all the medical intervention and subsequent tearing (birthing on your back elongates the birth canal and increases chance for tears). I had my second naturally in water and had no tearing and no complications after just 10 hours total compared to 37 with my first failed induction.

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  41. Megan

    “Although another pregnancy is likely not in the cards for the 35-year-old mother of three as doctors have warned that her body couldn’t handle a fourth C-section. Was it worth it Posh?”
    ————————–
    Wow, what a biased piece of crap article!! Posh is pregnant now with her fourth so obviously it was worth it, jackass. Geesh, it’s like some women would prefer that you have complications if you have a c-section. News Flash: Pushing baby out of your crotch doesn’t make you MORE of a warrior or real woman.

    It really pisses me off when people have strong opinions against c-sections. It is one of the most performed surgeries today with a very high rate of zero complications. Every woman is different emotionally and physically and only we know our own body. I am having an elective c-section because they run in my family and i’d like to be the only one to avoid the 12+ hours of labor first! My doctor said that I will most likely take after my mothers lack of ability to dilate and it would be safer to do a planned section than an emergency one. There are so many hateful people that would LOVE to judge my decision when really they need to mind their own business and their own vagina!

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  42. HB teacher

    the real issue is the lack of support all round. both of my children were hypnobirthed (the original mongan method- which i now teach for obvious reasons). i thought i wanted an elective cs because of my phobia (it’s called tocophobia) but after discovering HypnoBirthing I learned various tools that allowed me to birth my son in water at hospital and my daughter this year at home in water. being in hospital seemed to slow me down as for one thing they wouldn’t even believe i was in labour. it was nothing to do with pain threshold- i have tattoos that hurt more than birth- it was all the reprogramming i’d done. i was born by forceps and episiotomy, so was my brother. my babies were also posterior it seems, it made no difference- i believed i could do it and i did. hb was just a tool to help me see that. cs shouldn’t be used after a woman is exhausted, and certainly not routinely offered. if the attitude was different, cs wouldn’t be needed. it doesn’t save lives as much as you think- UNICEF have published data sowing that you in the US have one of the highest infant mortality rates and cs rates in the world. your care is not holistic- just because a baby is pulled/cut out alive, it not a “success”- babies suffer with hypervolemic shock, bonding and breastfeeding problems, and the mother is often expected to just get on with things and be grateful when actually she is at high risk of pnd. those are facts-and i work on a daily basis with women who are working through previous birth traumas- they all have medicated birth in common. painful or not, natural (and especially homebirth) is a safer method for mum and baby- that is why our government wants to strive for more birth choice, and also why we have a higher midwife to ob ratio than the states- obstetric-led care just leads to more interventions. midwife-led care is proven to be safer AND more mentally, emotionally and physically satisfying all aroud the world. i do get irritated at these catfights over which way is “best” and how homebirthers are uneducated and putting comfort over safety, when the exact opposite is true- homebirth is safer, when a midwife can watch over things and transfer if necessary- being in a hospital makes no difference to treatment time, as you often have to wait for anaesthetists anyway, and midwives carry the usual life-saving drugs for emergencies anyway (like syntometrine, which stops pp haemorrage). if you want proof- read ina may’s guide to natural childbirth- an american midwife whose team has far better safety stats than any us hospital.

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  43. Anonymous

    “Pushing baby out of your crotch doesn’t make you MORE of a warrior or real woman.”

    Ah, but it DOES make you a real woman! Men, to be men, have to be initiated into manhood through challenging rites of passage.

    For women, we have to have children AND push them out. It’s called “labour” for a reason. It is the real thing. If you deliberately reject that (for nonmedical motivations) it shows you don’t want to be a real woman. You are still a baby, a schoolgirl.

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  44. DEEDEE

    ALL OF YOU SAYING CRAP ABOUT ELECTIVE C SECTIONS ARE THE IRRESPONSIBLE ONES. IF POSH WANTS TO AVOID ABDOMINAL STRETCHES AND PAIN SHE IS ENTITLED TO. THE ONLY THING I FIND IRRESPONSIBLE IS NOT HAVING KIDS AT ALL. A REAL WOMAN IS ONE WHO GOES THROUGH PREGNANCY AND LOVES AND CARES FOR HER CHILD, SOME PEOPLE HAVE VAGINAL BIRTHS AND END UP ABUSING THEIR CHILDREN. DOES THAT MAKE THEM REAL WOMEN?
    YOU ALL SHOULD GROW UP AND STOP GIVING YOURSELVES IMAGINARY TITLES COS U PUSHED A BABY, WHO KNOWS HOW YOU ARE TREATING THAT CHILD NOW? I WANT A NATURAL BIRTH BUT WHOEVER WANTS C SECTION HAS NO HARSH COMMENTS FROM ME. GOD GAVE DOCTORS THE WISDOM TO PERFORM THIS PROCEDURE COS NOT EVERYONE CAN DEAL WITH THE PAIN AND IF THEY DONT WANT VAGINAL TEARING THATS GREAT.
    IF PUSHING A BABY IS WHAT MAKES YOU FEEL LIKE A REAL WOMAN YOU MAKE ME LAUGH. I KNOW A GIRL WHO PUSHED HER KID AND GOES AROUND WITH THE REAL WOMAN SYNDROME BUT SHE HAPPENS TO BE A PROSTITUTE WHO SMOKES POT IN FRONT OF HER CHILD AND LEAVES HER WITH ALL KINDS OF HELP SO SHE CAN FOLLOW HER HEDONISTIC LIFESTYLE.
    HOW REAL IS THAT?…. U DONT UNDERSTAND THE GREATNESS OF GOD….POSH HAS FOUR KIDS, SHE IS AN AMAZING MOTHER AND THATS ALL THAT MATTERS.
    U CAN TALK ALL YOU WANT, HER KIDS LOVE HER AND HER HUSBAND LOVES HER AND THATS ALL THE APPROVAL SHE NEEDS. NOT WHAT YOU UNKNOWNS THINK IN YOUR LITTLE HEADS ABOUT WHO A REAL WOMAN IS…THANKS SHE LISTENED TO NONE O YALL

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  45. Anonymous

    um, you don’t get an award for natural, drugs, water, standing on your head…how about getting knocked up and keeping it is the hardest part…these chicks want a Nobel Peace Prize….how about this: close your legs all together and stop making kids you don’t really want

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  46. that1chick

    ..if a woman doesn’t want kids ( like myself) that doesn’t make me less of a woman…makes me sensible, God gave me t*ts and ovaries – I’m a woman…go run along with your saggy t*ts, stretch marks and husband that finds you replusive while my firm @$$ and preky boobs plans a trip to a child free resort…no babysitter? boo hoo, really sucks to be yooooou

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    • Anonymous

      If a woman does not want kids-ıt is her choice. I would respect it. personally it’s not for me. I always wanted chıldren. I have a beautıful son who ıs 20 months old now and I don’t regret havıng hım at all. In fact, I feel blessed ın havıng such a sweet baby who ıs healthy and smart and makes me smile all the tıme. And the love you feel towards your baby ıs not comparable to anythıng. I found your comment very rude! you know what? your firm @ss and and your preky boobs are not goıng to stay lıke that 4 ever. you are agıng. we are all agıng. I would rather age wıth sagy boobs (they are not saggy by the way) then be lonenly wıthout any kıds. I have a lıfetıme to grow wıth my kids-enjoyıng theır growth and laughter each day. I would rather go to a resort area playıng wıth my famıly all together then wıth my lonenly @ss. I also fınd there ıs a stronger connectıon between my husband and I -because we share a baby together. ıt ıs somethıng you wıll never understand I guess. booo..

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  47. Jenny

    Who cares why someone wants a C- section…it is her choice…I know if i ever have a child I will have a C- section…I am all about vagina preservation.

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  50. Anonymous

    Interesting article but I felt the bitchy tone was unnecessary. The best examples of good journalism present the facts and let the reader make up their own mind.
    A note to the women arguing on the thread; You need to get out more! Seriously, if you feel so strongly about something then go out and do something instead of venting your suppressed rage on the internet. Don’t waste your time arguing with what for all you know could be a *Troll* (if “that1chic” aint a troll then I’m the queen of sheba!)

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  51. Anonymous

    As long as the baby is healthy and happy who cares if you give birth naturaly or c-section, drugs or screaming the house down. And btw, nobody will give you Nobel price for natural birth and your kid will not come at 17 and say: Hey mum, you are so great that you pushed me through your vagina:))

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  52. Cecilia

    I gave birth to my two children naturally. I did not understand why I felt like going dancing after the births. I learned later that with natural childbirth, your brain gets flooded with endorphins that does NOT happen with c-section or epidurals! I had to be told to relax after birth and I had so much energy! When you have c-sections it is major surgery and a minimum of two weeks on your back to heal instead of nurturing your newborn. I just don’t understand the fashion of C-sections nowadays! Doctors know BEFORE going into labor whether the baby is breach or your hips are too narrow. Opting specifically to have a C-section is (without extenuating circumstances) really cheating yourself.

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    • Anonymous

      There are far too many women on here who have/ want to have caesareans who are exhibiting whey too much defensiveness. If a woman chooses her birth, has a say in it, instead of being scared into it because of hospital protocol then there is no need to feel defensive. I know the infant mortality rates, caesarean injury, placenta praevia or accreta, respiratory problems, hormones that babies don’t receive if elective section that help them cope with birth, lack of moulding of head as not going through the birth canal, there are obviously many more negatives to caesareans than those. However painful to know all that I had un unplanned (hate the word emergency as they rarely are)caesarean for my second birth and it felt like starting a running race and not reaching the end, missing the oxytocin rush at the end of birth BUT I still chose it as I weighed up what could possibly have happened (not HAD to as most women are told by Ob’s) if I didn’t have a section! Ina May Gaskin (please those of you who have heard a few too many scare stories read her book) is a book that ALL women should read, she understands birth far more than any obstetrician recommending caesareans based on their own fear of litigation rather than backed up research. Having a caesarean was a very psychologically painful choice for me but I do NOT feel that if other women talk about their amazing homebirth they are making me feel guilty they are not, those women need to speak louder and tell more women around the world!!! In the vast majority of cases women will birth babies normally, birth is not a medical issue it is a normal physiological occurence. Unfortuantely too many women just dont believe that birth is a normal event and it is, please read Ina May and Sarah Buckley too.

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    • Anonymous

      There are far too many women on here who have/ want to have caesareans who are exhibiting whey too much defensiveness. If a woman chooses her birth, has a say in it, instead of being scared into it because of hospital protocol then there is no need to feel defensive. I know the infant mortality rates, caesarean injury, placenta praevia or accreta, respiratory problems, hormones that babies don’t receive if elective section that help them cope with birth, lack of moulding of head as not going through the birth canal, there are obviously many more negatives to caesareans than those. However painful to know all that I had un unplanned (hate the word emergency as they rarely are)caesarean for my second birth and it felt like starting a running race and not reaching the end, missing the oxytocin rush at the end of birth BUT I still chose it as I weighed up what could possibly have happened (not HAD to as most women are told by Ob’s) if I didn’t have a section! Ina May Gaskin (please those of you who have heard a few too many scare stories read her book) is a book that ALL women should read, she understands birth far more than any obstetrician recommending caesareans based on their own fear of litigation rather than backed up research. Having a caesarean was a very psychologically painful choice for me but I do NOT feel that if other women talk about their amazing homebirth they are making me feel guilty they are not, those women need to speak louder and tell more women around the world!!! In the vast majority of cases women will birth babies normally, birth is not a medical issue it is a normal physiological occurence. Unfortuantely too many women just dont believe that birth is a normal event and it is, please read Ina May and Sarah Buckley too.

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  53. Anonymous

    There are far too many women on here who have/ want to have caesareans who are exhibiting whey too much defensiveness. If a woman chooses her birth, has a say in it, instead of being scared into it because of hospital protocol then there is no need to feel defensive. I know the infant mortality rates, caesarean injury, placenta praevia or accreta, respiratory problems, hormones that babies don’t receive if elective section that help them cope with birth, lack of moulding of head as not going through the birth canal, there are obviously many more negatives to caesareans than those. However painful to know all that I had un unplanned (hate the word emergency as they rarely are)caesarean for my second birth and it felt like starting a running race and not reaching the end, missing the oxytocin rush at the end of birth BUT I still chose it as I weighed up what could possibly have happened (not HAD to as most women are told by Ob’s) if I didn’t have a section! Ina May Gaskin (please those of you who have heard a few too many scare stories read her book) is a book that ALL women should read, she understands birth far more than any obstetrician recommending caesareans based on their own fear of litigation rather than backed up research. Having a caesarean was a very psychologically painful choice for me but I do NOT feel that if other women talk about their amazing homebirth they are making me feel guilty they are not, those women need to speak louder and tell more women around the world!!! In the vast majority of cases women will birth babies normally, birth is not a medical issue it is a normal physiological occurence. Unfortuantely too many women just dont believe that birth is a normal event and it is, please read Ina May and Sarah Buckley too.

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  54. Anonymous

    There are far too many women on here who have/ want to have caesareans who are exhibiting whey too much defensiveness. If a woman chooses her birth, has a say in it, instead of being scared into it because of hospital protocol then there is no need to feel defensive. I know the infant mortality rates, caesarean injury, placenta praevia or accreta, respiratory problems, hormones that babies don’t receive if elective section that help them cope with birth, lack of moulding of head as not going through the birth canal, there are obviously many more negatives to caesareans than those. However painful to know all that I had un unplanned (hate the word emergency as they rarely are)caesarean for my second birth and it felt like starting a running race and not reaching the end, missing the oxytocin rush at the end of birth BUT I still chose it as I weighed up what could possibly have happened (not HAD to as most women are told by Ob’s) if I didn’t have a section! Ina May Gaskin (please those of you who have heard a few too many scare stories read her book) is a book that ALL women should read, she understands birth far more than any obstetrician recommending caesareans based on their own fear of litigation rather than backed up research. Having a caesarean was a very psychologically painful choice for me but I do NOT feel that if other women talk about their amazing homebirth they are making me feel guilty they are not, those women need to speak louder and tell more women around the world!!! In the vast majority of cases women will birth babies normally, birth is not a medical issue it is a normal physiological occurence. Unfortuantely too many women just dont believe that birth is a normal event and it is, please read Ina May and Sarah Buckley too.

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  55. Anonymous

    There are far too many women on here who have/ want to have caesareans who are exhibiting whey too much defensiveness. If a woman chooses her birth, has a say in it, instead of being scared into it because of hospital protocol then there is no need to feel defensive. I know the infant mortality rates, caesarean injury, placenta praevia or accreta, respiratory problems, hormones that babies don’t receive if elective section that help them cope with birth, lack of moulding of head as not going through the birth canal, there are obviously many more negatives to caesareans than those. However painful to know all that I had un unplanned (hate the word emergency as they rarely are)caesarean for my second birth and it felt like starting a running race and not reaching the end, missing the oxytocin rush at the end of birth BUT I still chose it as I weighed up what could possibly have happened (not HAD to as most women are told by Ob’s) if I didn’t have a section! Ina May Gaskin (please those of you who have heard a few too many scare stories read her book) is a book that ALL women should read, she understands birth far more than any obstetrician recommending caesareans based on their own fear of litigation rather than backed up research. Having a caesarean was a very psychologically painful choice for me but I do NOT feel that if other women talk about their amazing homebirth they are making me feel guilty they are not, those women need to speak louder and tell more women around the world!!! In the vast majority of cases women will birth babies normally, birth is not a medical issue it is a normal physiological occurence. Unfortuantely too many women just dont believe that birth is a normal event and it is, please read Ina May and Sarah Buckley too.

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  56. Tj

    I am a Certified Holistic Nutritionist. After adopting 4 homeless street children and birthing one all natural, I specialize with children in the Spectrum and cancer. My hope is that women will become more educated that ANYTHING they expose themselves to before, during and after (breastfeeding) their pregnancy DOES have an effect. All chemicals alter to some degree. The meds used to birth are narcotic based, all of this can and should always be researched. Which means that the mother and baby will have to detox it out of their system. However there is a rise on addictions to percoset going home with mothers. Therefore if a mother is breastfeeding now the baby is addicted. The more meds used, the more damage done. DNA, genes, and cells are damaged even killed off. The size of the brain can even be altered. C-section is mans way of making big bucks and making future addicts thru fear and manipulation. I believe Mothers and Fathers should stand up for the health of the women and babies by coming against consumerism in birthing. Women populated the earth for thousands of years with more natural means, and yes narcotics were involved wrongfully causing death at birth. Almost never do you hear of a women or baby dying of natural birth, this is why you must sign off for the mother and child when any meds or operational procedures are performed. Real love hurts, and real love costs. It costs you your fears and selfishness. Even Jesus refused the pain killer at the Cross for our sake. However Jacob’s wife Racheal (the younger immature one_took a narcotic (mandrakes) and died during birth and blamed her son for it when it was her own choice. “My people parish daily for lack of knowledge”. I think our children deserve our strongest effort for their best! If you take care of yourselve for the sake of others, your body will naturally give birth easily. However, if your quality of life doesn’t matter, and the quality of life of your child then I suppose you both will suffer thru. I pray that God will grant you the strength and courage you will need in either situation.

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  57. mamita

    Hospital birth vs home birth…in hospital birthing situation, most of the time, pitocin is given. The mother has an epidural. If the labor was induced, her chances for complications goes up significantly. Pitocin contractions are too strong and the entire uterus contracts. These contractions are hard and strong from the get go…thus the woman winds up screaming. The violent drug induced contractions put the baby into distress after a few hours, and whamo, you get the c section because of it.

    If a woman is allowed to labor naturally, the contractions are bearable for most of the labor. When the bag of waters is left intact, it protects the baby…the child is less likely to go into distress. Also, many hormones are at play when birthing naturally. And it’s better for the mother to be up and moving around during labor. Gravity helps the baby turn.

    All these stories about tearing. I can see how a woman could tear when she is strapped to the bed. A baby has to turn 1 1/2 times full circle before its born. Laying in a hospital bed can really hinder this process. This is why many mothers don’t know they are really hindering themselves by getting epidurals. If the baby has not turned like it is supposed to, the shoulders are more likely to get stuck. Also, laying in bed means the baby is more likely to get caught on the mothers tail bone.

    Research shows that if you do massage, and stretching in the vagina with your fingers weeks before birth, it really decreases your chances of tearing. Also, squatting exercises during pregnancy helps to prevent excessive tearing.

    It is the surgical cutting of the vagina that makes excessive tearing more likely. In a natural setting, it is common to push for at least 2 hours. The head can crown and then go back in several times before coming out. This allows time for the vagina to stretch instead of tearing.

    In a situation like a breech, I can understand c section. But most of the time, women are safer doing it all natural. Educate yourself. Don’t give into the backwards fear culture us westerners have in regards to birth.

    I’ve read comments about women wanting to remain “tight” down there. Really, some of the most ignorant statements ever.

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  58. Guest

    Actually that’s not true that vaginal birth fucks up your vagina. I’ve always had a tight vagina and all men I’ve been with told me so. I had a vaginal birth 4 month ago and I had an episiotomy (no tear) which made me mad right after birth. Then it healed so fine scar is not even visible and it’s tight just like before and sex is awesome. There are many women whose vaginas went back to normal. Some pornstar also delivered a baby and kept on working such as Jesse Jane. If you want an elective c section it’s your choice. You’ll have a noticeable scar (unlike vaginal that totally fades away) with a flab of fat over it unless you’re really skinny.

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    • Floridamommy

      No fat gut or huge scar here! I don’t even see my scar unless I make it a point to look for it. However, I would take a scar and a fat gut any day, if it meant my baby is here safe and healthy. Not every woman can birth vaginally. My Mom is a midwife and she’s seen it all, but never lost a baby, that’s due to the fact that she is always putting the needs of the baby over the momentary desires of the mother whom can’t accept that she just can’t have it her way. If you birthed naturally…good for you, you are blessed and lucky. I’m very happy for your success.

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  59. me

    This really is a choice between the patient and doctor – no one else. Maybe the reason for the C-sections is not revealed here. For example, I know someone who had a vaginal delivery, and had a very severe painful perineal tear into the rectum requiring months to heal. She did not want to experience that again and had a scheduled C-section with her 2nd child. Don’t judge.

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  60. Floridamommy

    Wow! The judgment and the speculation are running wild! It’s my bidy and my right to have my baby in the way that is best for my baby, me and my history!. Of course, with the help of a good doctor or midwife helping us make our birth plan. I chose a c-section due to the fact that I had a stillborn and I wanted to bring my baby into this world in the safest way for him, and that was in a hospital with a planned c-section. That was my choice, and I made it with my OB and a midwife. Not everyone wants or needs to give birth at home or vaginally, with that said, my Mom is a midwife and has delivered over 80 babies, even she agreed that it was MY choice! Stop thr judgment ladies!!! PS: my Mom refuses to deliver a breeched baby vaginally and always hands those cases over to an OB, she’s seem too many losses due to hard headed ladies wanting a vaginal birth over what is safe for their unborn child! Peace!

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    • Floridamommy

      THIS HAS ERRORS, PLEASE READ POST UNDER THIS ONE. THE CORRECTIONS I MADE DIDN’T GET POSTED. IF THERE IS A WAY TO REMOVE THIS POST, PLEASE DO, THE CORRECT POST IS THE ONE RIGHT UNDER THIS ONE…. THANKS.

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  61. Floridamommy

    Wow!  The judgment and the speculation are running wild here!  It’s my bidy and my right to have my baby in the way that is best for my baby, me and my medical history.  Of course, with the help of a good doctor or midwife helping me make a birth plan.  I chose a c-section due to the fact that I had a stillborn and I wanted to bring my baby into this world in the safest way for him, and that was in a hospital, with a planned c-section.  That was my choice, and I made it with my OB and a midwife.  Not everyone wants or needs to give birth at home or vaginally, with that said, my Mom is a midwife and has delivered over 80 babies, and even she agreed that it was MY choice!  I was traumatized and i didn’t want to birth a baby while in fear that it would die.  That’s what was best in my case!  Stop the judgment ladies!!!  PS: my Mom refuses to deliver a breeched-baby, vaginally and always hands those cases over to an OB.  She’s seem/heard too many losses due to hard headed ladies wanting a vaginal birth over what is safe for their unborn child!  Also, my scar is tiny and I don’t have a fat gut hanging over it!  It faded and unless I’m nude, is under even the smallest bikini.  Peace, ladies.  Mom to a precious & healthy 9 year old! 

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    • Floridamommy

      Not to mention….the pain and recovery of a C-section is no party; why on earth would anyone assume it an easy choice to make or a spoiled woman’s choice? And POSH, went on to have a 4th baby, and a girl, so good for her! I’m happy and I focus on the beauty of every baby that is born, not how it got here!

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