And Cut!: The Rise Of The C-Section Scar

25 Oct

I’ll never forget the moment they told me I’d be having abdominal surgery. I’d been proud of my status as a mother of a “Natural Born” child, and was happy to be among the elite group of women who’d avoided being cut even after a long and painful delivery. 

(Three days of un-medicated labor in a severely upright hospital bed)

It was my greatest success, and now here I was being debriefed on how my very friendly Filippino surgeon was going to cut a 4-5 inch long incision in my tummy to remove the ten week old fetus that was growing outside of my womb and somewhere near my bowels. Although this wasn’t a typical Caesarean section, a Caesarean it was and I was totally unprepared.

sometimes your fetus needs a map..or GPS.

Eptopic pregnancy is when your fetus forgets to bring his/her GPS and gets really lost

Well here I am nine months later and still wondering why some women would actually CHOOSE this procedure over a natural birth

women like:

Christina Aguilera who told People mag

“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!”

And of course the most noted c-section patient of them all, Posh Spice or Victoria Beckham for short.

Can't deny her MILF-Dom

Mrs Beckham who has become the inspiration for the phrase “Too Posh to Push”, has insisted that all three of her “scheduled” c-sections where medically needed. But it seems pretty obvious that the paper-thin diva chose this procedure  in order to avoid stretch marks and or course the dreaded “tearing” (cue evil villain music). But aren’t all those marks and tears just badges of honor worn by the women who join the army of Mothers, entrusted with the task of molding our futures? Why is the prospect of a natural birth scarier then the idea of major abdominal surgery?

open wide

Gone are the days when giving birth was a simple and personal experience, today its all about the production. And although the health of mothers and newborns has not improved in America (aka the land with street paved in gold) the rate of Caesarean births are climbing; one out of every three births are surgical.

In a hospital natural birthing is almost never an option for a woman with a breached baby (baby horizontal in womb), although midwives have often been able to coax a breached baby into a normal birthing position. Often C-sections are not “recommened” they are handed out like halloween candy, some hospitals have even banned the option of natural birth for a mother who has already had a c-section, a total violation of her god given RIGHT! Also it is fact that repeat procedures run the risk of unterine ruptures and dangerous abnormalities in the placenta during later pregnancies, which can cause hemorrhaging and lead to a hysterectomy (bye bye uterus 😦 ). Repeated Caesareans can make it risky or even impossible to have that large family you’ve planned since your tea party and doll days.

With so much going on in the “Birthing Industry” (because babies are a business in the USA) it’s best to know all your options and your rights as a mother. Look up the facts and never let hospital staff make you feel as if you must give birth as soon as you arrive at the hospital. It takes nine months to grow a human being and its only logical that pushing one out would take some time as well.

Every experience is different and sometimes emergencies can throw a fork in your prepared “Birth Plan.

But..

Above all remember your babies health trumps all !

P.S

 If you wanna know more about the baby business check out the documentry “The Buiness Of Being Born” http://www.thebusinessofbeingborn.com produced by Ricki Lake who experienced both spectrums of the birthing process.

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2 Responses to “And Cut!: The Rise Of The C-Section Scar”

  1. Sarah September 30, 2011 at 10:56 am #

    So What? These women opted for C Sections. I would too especially since the rate of C sections performed is 1 IN 3!!! It’s a very common surgery, and after the first C section, you are at high risk for delivering vaginally again. VBAC is very dangerous and is not a smart choice after a C section, so if Posh had two more C sections after her first, she wasn’t “Too Posh To Push”, she was being smart for the her life and the life of her baby. If she birthed vaginally she could have had a uterine tearing which could kill the baby and her too. Not to mention if she made it okay, she would have to have a hysterectomy and would never be able to have kids again. So shut up and stop being a pompous ignorant mother. All women that are mothers have different needs. You are not any better than the next woman just because you have stretch marks and were in labor for hours and hours. Your precious baby is your “badge” of motherhood, not your scars.. What ignorance…

    • girlgonerun September 30, 2011 at 11:51 am #

      well first off thank you Sarah for reading, i haven’t been active on wordpress in a while but you obviously took some time out to read and think of a thoughtful response so i’d be more than happy to reply. I myself have had this operation done, after my first daughter i had an ectopic pregnancy that went on very long without my knowledge and nearly killed me. So you see a C-section saved my life that and the docters at Lenox Hill hospital. I wear those scars proudly as well to show that i am a survivor. I simply feel that choosing to go under the knife for vanity sake instead of trusting your own body and dealing with the natural pain of labor takes away from the experience and says alot about the modern world and families in it. C-sections bring in profit and that’s fact…and America is alll about profit so i just think its fishy that so many are “offered” to women who have the ability (and are in no risk) to deliver? Just because the surgery is common it doesn’t mean its necessary look at breast implants..EVERYONES got a pair but do they need em? who knows? but we are all entitled to make the decisions that effect our bodies…thank again for your comment have a blessed day 🙂

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