16 January 2008

Caesareans: preventing the 'trauma' of natural birth

If this isn't the most irresponsible tidbit about caesars I've read in awhile...

"Tim Wilson, a colorectal surgeon at Sydney Hospital and Mona Vale Hospital, said vaginal birth caused serious problems for women that were often only unmasked later in life. "I see sphincter disruption after vaginal delivery as well as tears in the immediate post-partum period, but most commonly we see the effects of that damage … when women are in their 50s and 60s.

Many women who had a caesarean section were "saving themselves a lot of discomfort and pain later in life", he said. "The birth process is anything but optimal. It is tearing, bruising, and very traumatic - a lot of women do not come forward about it [incontinence] because they feel shamed."

Right. And what were the risks of caesarean again? Oh that's right. I think DEATH is on the top of the list. I think I'll take a little incontinence (which can be remedied with exercise!) over a casket.

Source: http://www.smh.com.au/news/national/caesareans-unlikely-to-spare-mothers-grief-of-incontinence/2008/01/15/1200159449402.html


Sarah Stewart said...

ahhhh....I love your comment about the death versus exercise. I'll pass that onto my midwifery colleagues. cheers Sarah

Sarah Stewart said...

Here's a link to my blog
post about this post.

AvoidTheRedShoes said...

Revolting. I hate it men like this talk about childbirth. If I become "incontinent" when I'm 50 or 60, at least I'll know that I gave my daughter an optimal birth experience, free of drugs and allowing excess fluid to be squeezed from her body for proper respiration. I recently learned that choosing a male obstetrician over a female increases your risk of cesarean by 40%. Why do so many men think they must "save" us from our babies?

Carolyn McIntosh said...

Whose interests does this drivel actually serve. If I was a woman who did not know anything about birth or had that vague concern that I would ever be able to actually birth a baby vaginally, which is how many young women feel, this would scare the living daylight out of me. For the obstetrician of course this is very convenient. Elective caesarean sections can be booked in regular work hours. In a day a surgeon could probably get through 6-8 abdominal operations. Nice effective use of his time and no nasty call outs in the middle of the night. If the woman has some complication from the surgery it is most likely the junior doctor who will deal with it so he can sleep easy!!! Contrast this with the midwife who will be there supporting, reassuring and encouraging a mother through the long night until she finally does what she was designed by nature to do, birth her baby herself in her own time, at her own speed, with love.

Helen P. said...

This doctor (Tim Wilson) is a colorectal surgeon and was refering to faecal incontinence, not urinary. Faecal incontinence cannot be remedied with 'exercise'.

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