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Natural Birth vs. C-Sections


Did anyone watch the news tonight where they were talking about how children who are born naturally tend to get tiny bleeds in the brain? They were saying that most of these children go on to be normal healthy children but they are just now seeing more of the small brain bleeds because they are able to take sharper scan pictures after a child is born. Has anyone heard anything about this?
Jan 30, 2007 @ 06:24 pm

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Ali de Bold


That's really disturbing though.
Jan 30, 2007 @ 07:50 pm


Maybe they're discovering now that C-sections are the way to go...
Jan 30, 2007 @ 09:51 pm

Not sure...

...there always seem to be arguments for both sides I guess.... I am still at a loss as to which I think is better...
Jan 30, 2007 @ 10:52 pm

Don't monkey around with Mother Nature!

I've had 2 regular and 1 C-section delivery. There are a multitude of issues with C's as well, not the least of which is the fact it's major surgery. Babies born this way require more care as well. The general consensus is that vaginal births are better for all. After my C, I had a much longer recovery time than the other two times, and being able to bounce back after delivery can make all the difference in the first several weeks.

Our bodies were designed this way... sure, it doesn't mean that there won't be problems here and there, but we all know what happens when you mess with biology and Mother Nature.
Jan 31, 2007 @ 10:27 am

I agree....

If one can have a baby the regular way that they should...every woman in my family has had C-section babies (from not wide enough hips and too big babies to complications during delivery). I do agree with you though, I think women should have babies the way nature intended them unless there is a good reason for doing it the other way.
Jan 31, 2007 @ 10:56 am

C-Section, it's how I got here!

I was an emergency C-Section Baby...coming out backwards with legs literally split and feet by each ear (yeah, turned me into a dancer) and was forced to the ER. Turns out, doctor cut not only the mere's stomach, but cut through to me too, so we have matching scars.
I think women should have children however they determine best fit for their bodies. We are still learning so much through science about what procedure is best, which medicines cause the babies to come out stoned so-to-speak, whether they should be placed immediately in the mothers arms, brought into the world into chaos or silence, and whether or not they should have their eyes covered for a while...so really it's all still up in the air as far as I'm concerned.
I know that when I have kids...ha, wait, just kidding. I'm very much towards the 'Kids aren't for me!' side of the specturm:)
So have your pregnancy and labor as you will and as pain free as possible~
Jan 31, 2007 @ 08:36 pm

do what you've gotta do

I always wonder about this... I think naturally is best, as I'm all about people doing what we were meant to not dealing with all these medications and surgeries! But then you pick up a gossip magazine and of course every single celebrity delivers via C-section... and they always say 'due to complications'... somehow I find it hard to believe every single celebrity mother NEEDED to have a C-Section. But you never know I guess. I was going to be born upside-down but as nature would have it I flipped myself around the night before!
Apr 12, 2007 @ 06:22 pm


My first was breech and had to be a C-Section. The second I was given the choice of which way to go. I didn't have to think twice on that one! C-Section for sure! My doctor told me that most women who had had one of each say they would also opt for the C-section.
Apr 29, 2007 @ 01:58 am

try natural first...then consider C

I had a natural birth, but I probably should've had a C-sec (long story there). I have a small body frame and my baby was 9 lbs. It took me well over 4 months to recover because it was such a traumatic birth. I had a lot of little problems afterwards, most of which my gynecologist was able to "fix". However, even to this day, my tail bone hasn't healed. I can't sit on it for very long (say no more than 10 min) without aggravating it. My doc sent me for x-rays and found nothing wrong (ie. it's not broken). She doesn't know what to do about it.

I do believe natural birth is best for both the mother and the baby but there's always a time and place for C-sec. I realize C-sec is a major surgery and there are other complications associating with it. I think it's always best to discuss your options beforehand with your doctor/midwife. And keep an openmind while you are giving birth. Safety of the mother and the baby should be the number one priority and worry about everything else after the baby has safely entered this world.
Jul 27, 2009 @ 10:16 am

Agree with BB

Yes, the first consideration should be the safety of mom and baby. You also can't foresee how your delivery will go, whether you're a first timer with a birthing plan you are committed to, or a seasoned pro pushing out baby #4. The main thing is to trust your doctor/health care professional.

In regards to the celebrities who have a C, I strongly suspect that this has more to do with not wanting to deal with the aftermath of pushing. Not wanting to go TMI here, but you might have some tearing "down there", a weakened pelvic floor (think dribbles when you sneeze), longer wait to resume sexual activity (presumably), broken capillaries in your face and other areas from the strain of pushing, hemorrhoids, broken or displaced tailbone, etc.

A V-birth is a lot of work, which is why I suspect most celebs don't want to bother. However, be aware that there are complications either way, so there is no perfect system. My advice is to go into delivery with an open mind. Prepared with a birth plan - yes. Ready and willing to adjust if need be? Absolutely.
Jul 27, 2009 @ 11:30 am

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