Hello, everyone! I’m here today to answer this question from YouTube viewer Banoutamasreya: what are the pros and cons of a c-section? First, you may be as surprised as I was to learn that c-sections are actually on the DECLINE, largely because the American Academy of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (AAOG) now advises against inducements and elective c-sections before 39 weeks of gestation. Also, the standards for allowing women to have a VBAC or a vaginal birth after caesarean have been broadened to make this procedure more available. According to a CDC report from 2013, there had previously been a rapid rise of c-sections in the U.S. from 1998 to 2009, which led to some babies being born before they were ready and resulted in cases of breathing difficulties and pneumonia.
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So, what ARE the pros and cons of a c-section?
Benefits to having a c-section include a possible decrease in incontinence, decreased risk of oxygen depravation when the baby is born, reduced risk of birth trauma to the baby sustained from passing through the birth canal or from forceps or vacuum extraction, greater sense of control with women, a better chance to plan for family help and work leave, reduced anxiety about labor, etc. Those are some great benefits, but there are also some pretty serious medical risks associated with c-sections which you should discuss with your doctor. In addition to the medical risks, you may want to consider how painful it may be because a Caesarian is a pretty serious surgery, and recovery can take a while and be painful. For more on the benefits and risks of c-sections, watch my vlog!