One study showed that, among Canadian women who chose from the start to deliver their babies via cesarean, the number of severe complications they experienced was triple that of moms who delivered their children vaginally.
The common problems were infections, blood clots and major bleeding.
A second study, which compared the health outcomes among some 36,000 mothers, found that women who chose a C-section birth could suffer unintended consequences including prolonged labor and ruptured uterus. Also, infants in the cesarean group were more prone to be premature or stillborn and small.
If you know a young mother who doesn't fully appreciate the health risks that can harm her and her baby when she opts for a cesarean section, please send her these two studies as they may convince her of the dangers.
Just remember that, as cesarean births go up, so do infant mortality rates. No surprise, since C-section babies miss out on a great many things, including the natural stimulation that comes from moving down the birth canal, and the hormones released during a vaginal birth.
Granted, there are instances in which a cesarean can't be avoided, but there are plenty of things a mother can do to reduce her risks of enduring one:
If you are expecting, you may face some pressure to do things the "standard" way, so please check out the discussion on Vital Votes. Elisha from Canyon Country, California, says: