OPINION: Today I found out that I got sick. I am part of the epidemic.
People like me who plan to have a cesarean section should look at themselves very carefully. We need to snatch the mirror, squint in our poisonous eyeballs and ask: why are we so selfish? What do we do, putting our lazy desires into the future of the health of our precious children?
Alternatively, we could grab our laptops and smash them on the wall every time we read a different story about cesarean sections written in the cropped tones of a patriarchal master who knows what is best for our vaginas. Oh, wait, my bad – the sovereign really doesn’t really care about our vaginas. It is important for the child.
A study published in the JAMA Network Open, which found a possible link between childhood obesity and elective caesarean sections, has been widely disseminated in the media today.
* Infants born to the elective c-sector are more likely to be overweight
* C-sections can cause infertility, warns Kiwi mum
* Health related C-sections
* Fear accused of increasing elective C-sections
* Consequences of caesarean section
We learned that children born in an elective c-sector, that is, major abdominal surgeries that are planned are more likely to be at risk of being overweight after 12 months than those born in an emergency c-cut. We were also treated to a bunch of statistics on c-sections in general, including the fact that they now account for about a quarter of all births. So far so bad.
Sir Peter Gluckman, a former senior research consultant and expert on obesity at the University of Auckland, who was part of the research team, said the research had waved the red flag. “The rising epidemic of elective caesarean — a social trend, not a health trend — is not without any potential costs to the child,” said Gluckman. Doctors could discuss this with future parents. (When the c-section is indicated for medical reasons, there should be no hesitation, he added.)
I do not know about you, but I believe that it is so fashionable that your stomach is cut. Just pull that pēpi through the hatch, easy! Quest, now I can bounce to Pilates. Oh wait! I can't bounce because even walking is too painful, and all my muscles are destroyed. YOLO!
I think big research is being done in childhood obesity, and the results seem incontestable. But is this really a social trend, Gluckman? How many of the "epidemic" are we trying to fight here?
Or is it easier to blame women for their choice than to solve real problems?
First of all, a little about the c-sections. Contrary to what popular culture and certain supporters of an inborn birth you would believe, this is not done on a whim. Emergency view is performed to save the life of the mother and child and requires a weekly recovery. An “optional” view is made because there are medical indications that this is the safest option, or because the mother asks for it.
So how often does this happen? In 2015, c-section births accounted for 25.5 percent of all births. Electoral c-sections made up 11.8 percent of them, the number of which has increased by 1.7 percent since 2006.
About two-thirds of those who have an elected c-section already have one or more babies. This will include me if I have another child — the last time my uterus began to burst during childbirth, which led to the emergency sector of the c-section and means that the next time to drill a vaginal birth is too dangerous. So yes, I think I could “choose” not to have an “optional” c-section, but again, I don't want to die.
The Ministry of Health could not provide data on how many women have an elective section at the request of the mother. But in last year’s annual clinical report on national women there is a figure – 10 percent of all elective c-sections were made at the request of a woman.
I mean, what an epidemic. Talk about an absolute tsunami.
Look, vaginal birth is obviously the preferred option for most. We should always encourage this, and for this reason the ministry of health is actively promoting the promotion of the primary divisions of labor.
I wish I had one of them. But I could not, and I can not, as a bunch of other moms I know.
Hearing a constant refrain, we have something “wrong” that we could try harder so that our children become Teletubbies by the age of two, incredibly powerless and useless.
If we really cared for mothers and their babies and slowed down sextek, we would pump money for education in the field of childbirth, prenatal and postnatal care, and maternal mental health. Let's stop telling those who really choose the c-section that this is bad, and ask why they make this choice. Who will say that their reasons are invalid?
Or we could just point fingers at women. It seems fair.