Was interested to read in the West of the James Cook Uni study to follow up outcomes and attitudes (after the event) of women choosing vaginal -v- elective caesarean section.
While I defer to the experts, the more information and hard evidence, rather than ‘old wives tales’ and medical-politics, assisting women to make health decision relating to childbirth the better..
For one thing, some accurate and verified information about incidence/severity of pelvic floor injury/dysfunction following vaginal delivery, I would have thought useful in assisting women with their choice.
I was once told that a study of UK female obstetricians overwhelmingly supported elective c-section, because of the avoidance of potential urinary incontinence/bowel dysfunction/sexual dysfunction perceived to arise with a vaginal delivery. How many obstetricians warn patients of this risk, when discussing birth options, particularly with an anticipated large baby?
I appreciate that this is a complex decision for the mother, involving evaluating the risks and benefits for both mother and baby. Nonetheless it is their decision + our Law recognises an obligation on those advising, to ensure they are aware of all the information likely to be significant to them in making their choice.
I was surprised to read the RANZCOG President’s comments that "One of the issues facing obstetricians is the lack of information about the underlying reason a woman may want to choose a caesarean section where there is no medical reason."
Isn’t there an obvious solution to this… in a non-confrontational, non-judgemental context, ask her……..