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December 17th, 2008, 08:27 AM
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I just found this article online this morning. What do you think?


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December 17th, 2008, 08:48 AM
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Wow. It is my personal feeling that every woman should be allowed to choose whether she wants an epidural or not. But elective C-sections just seem wrong. And because I feel that natural childbirth (despite the 'agony' ) is right for me, I don't want anyone bullying me into an epidural. The same should be true for women who do want one...they shouldn't be bullied into not having one. However, I feel that the medical system is trying to make one way or the other considered 'normal', when both can be normal. Can't we have it both ways?

I do feel that the media and celebrity trends drive this disagreement, as the lady in the article said. When you have Angelina Jolie having an elective IVF (because she doesn't want to 'wait' to get pregnant ) and then having an elective C-section (just because she can ), women are going to feel like this is okay. Which it isn't. IVF is a serious medical procedure capable of producing miracles for couples who can't have children naturally, and C-sections are for emergencies only. But not anymore in our culture of "I want it now" which is sick in itself.
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December 17th, 2008, 10:16 AM
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December 17th, 2008, 11:31 AM
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forced to NOT have pain killers? Where? I am sorry but I have never heard of woman being forced to have natural labors

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December 17th, 2008, 11:48 AM
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Wow, that article is just ridiculous! How is the government pandering to NCB? How is the trend now NCB, where women are being denied choice of an epi or c-section? Are us NCBers really the norm now, who ridicule the minority of women who still choose pain relief?!! As far as I am concerned, this is propoganda to help ensure the medical establishment's hold on birth. A way to scare women from considering the benefits of NCB. What a shame!
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December 17th, 2008, 11:53 AM
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December 17th, 2008, 12:18 PM
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Wow. Wow. Wow. I cannot even comprehend what i just read. Wow. First off, I am not sure about the UK, but almost every woman in the US gets an epidural. I see very little public move towards less medication and less c-sections. An elective c-section is NEVER a good option. It should only be done in dire circumstances when the mother and/or baby are at severe risk. It is MAJOR surgery. I see many women in my private practice who have a lot of complications from their c-sections. Why do you think there is a whole forum on JM about C-section grief? holy moly.

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December 17th, 2008, 04:11 PM
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"suffering needlessly as a result".... Well thats enough to piss me off for the rest of the day.

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December 17th, 2008, 06:33 PM
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"suffering needlessly as a result".... Well thats enough to piss me off for the rest of the day.[/b]
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December 18th, 2008, 09:07 PM
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Having had surgery before, I can honestly say that giving birth vaginally MUST be better. I had a minor freakin knee surgery and was soooo miserable. I gave birth to my daughter vaginally...was I sore? Yeah of course! But at least I could walk around and shower by myself and not fall asleep hopped up on painkillers.

I bet a lot of women who want elective c sections have never had any kind of surgery and don't know how much it wreaks havoc on your body
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December 22nd, 2008, 07:26 AM
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That is really unbelievable!! I can't fathom this!

Totally agree - "suffering needlessly as a result".... Well thats enough to piss me off for the rest of the day.
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December 22nd, 2008, 03:33 PM
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The article said that 25% of births in the UK were cesarean. So 25% of women are requesting c-sections? Really? REALLY? That many?? Whatever...

Even if women over there end up requesting pain relief, they are lucky to have the support in place to facilitate a NCB. That is so not the case in the US. This does sound like propaganda from the medical establishment. I don't know how things are in the UK, but in the US you have to get downright hostile sometimes to avoid an induction/epidural/c-section. Those interventions are rammed down our throats, but no one cares about choices. From things that the NCB advocates were saying, it sounds like things are still like that over there, though not as bad.

The only thing I agreed with was that women should have informed consent and make the choices they feel are best for themselves.

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