Thankfully, Lisa Ling’s vocal opinion about regretting her c-section isn’t that controversial anymore. Yes, there are still old guard ObGyn’s out there who know better than everyone and couldn’t give a rats ass what mothers think about giving birth- you know, because they fancy themselves God- but attitudes seem to be changing.

Ling gave birth to her first daughter via planned Cesarean delivery, which was her first choice and one that was solidified once they found out the umbilical cord was wrapped around the baby’s neck.

She admits that with her busy schedule the idea of planning her delivery made the most sense and was “nice”. Plus, as a self-described “type-A personality”, it allowed her to be in control.

Why I Regret My Scheduled C-Section

For her first birth, everything went smoothly: she arrived on time, had her c-section, and she and baby were fine. So, when she found out she was pregnant again there was no question about whether or not she’d have another c-section. And sadly, no one seemed to caution her about the dangers or let her know that her wonderful body had been created to bring life forth (why you ask? why do you think?).

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From the article:

“In just a decade, the rate of C-SECTIONS PERFORMED in the United States shot up over 50%. It reached an all-time high in 2009 at 32.9%, and has stayed within the 32% range ever since. To put that into perspective, the World Health Organization says it should ideally be closer to 10-15%.”

206438There are many factors that contribute to the rise in C-sections:

  • Delaying motherhood into their 40s,
  • The rise in chronic health conditions, like obesity,
  • High-risk pregnancies.

But, there’s also been a rise among low-risk pregnancies, about 50%, in that same 10-year period. Thankfully, though, these C-sections (especially the ones happening in the absence of medical emergency) have come under increased scrutiny among medical professionals and public health officials in their efforts to get our nation’s C-section rate, and health care spending, under control.

db35_fig3On average, C-sections are 50% more expensive than vaginal births, and cost us billions of dollars every year.

They also come with a HOST of potential health risks to both mothers and babies, it is after all, MAJOR surgery. Something she learned the hard way after her c-section scar developed a painful infection- which she likely picked up in the hospital (another good reason not to have a baby there).

She can say now how much she regrets her unnecessary, scheduled, c-section and her hope is for women to educate themselves about elective sections.

Source: CNN Money