Natural Births May Become ObsoleteOctober 31, 2011 9 Comments
Women have been giving birth the same way since they were Neanderthals: through good-old natural birth. However, a recent change by the National Health Service (NHS) could make these old-fashioned vaginal births obsolete.
The NHS plans to give all women the right to choose caesarean sections even if they are not medically necessary. At first glance, the words “right to choose” would make any feminist happy, especially when it concerns a woman’s own body. But this change is actually a bit chilling.
C-sections have become much safer in the last decade, and women are having them more than ever. But does that make them preferable to natural births? For one thing, caesarean are much more expensive. Some have criticized the rise in c-sections, saying that it is a way for doctors to make more money.
Maybe women are just taking the easy way out. Natural births are unexpected, long, and painful, but they are part of the miracle of being a woman. It is what our anatomy was made to do. With c-sections a mother can set a date and can be put under anesthesia — which basically makes her sleep through the entire birth. Women may also prefer c-sections because it doesn’t “ruin” their vaginas through stretching and scarring.
Now, I am not nor have I ever been pregnant. I don’t know how scary giving birth is and have no business judging women who choose caesarean sections. But it is haunting to think that the way women have given birth since the dawn of time could become outdated.
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