Natural Birth is Best
A major study of
more than 94,000 births found that women who have a planned
(elective) caesarean section put themselves, and their babies,
at increased risk of serious complications and death.
Risk of maternal death was three to five times
higher compared to vaginal birth
Risk of requiring a hysterectomy after a
caesarian was four times higher than after
Being admitted to intensive care, requiring a
hospital stay of more than seven days was twice
as high for those who underwent planned
caesarians, compared to those who had natural
The only time caesarian section was a safer
alternative than vaginal birth was for babies who were in a
breech position. But for normal, headfirst deliveries, the risk
of the baby dying or suffering serious complications was
one-and-a-half times higher when an elective (non-emergency)
caesarian was performed.
This study should be a wake-up call, as
nearly 25 percent of all deliveries are now caesarian sections.
According to lead researcher Dr. Jose Villar, “The increase in
rates of caesarean delivery at an institutional level is not
associated with any clear overall benefit for the baby or the
mother but is linked with increased morbidity for
Said Dr. James Walker, spokesman for the
Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and an
obstetrician in Leeds, “[C-sections] can save lives in some
circumstances but it does have risks for the mother and baby.
It is important we don’t think of them as just another delivery
option. This research is a reality check that we don’t go too
Dr. Mercola´s Comment:
There’s no doubt that a cesarean section can save your life,
or the life of your baby in some circumstances. But the main
point here is that ELECTING to have a C-section rather than
going through with a vaginal delivery will increase your
of serious complications, including death, for either you
or your child.
Some instances where a C-section is necessary would
In the event of a prolapsed umbilical cord (the
umbilical cord slips through your cervix before
your baby and may endanger your baby's oxygen
In the event of placenta previa, which occurs when
your placenta grows in such a way that it blocks
your baby's exit through your cervix
When your baby is in a transverse (sideways)
If you have an outbreak of genital herpes
Unfortunately, the growing fanfare
surrounding cesarean sections is another health care
"illusion." The rising rate of C-sections is not due to an
increase in the complications mentioned above, but rather to an
increase in planned C-sections for reasons such as patient or
practitioner convenience, pain-free labor, or provider
liability fears, none of which constitute a valid reason for
If you are on the fence about whether or not to deliver your
baby vaginally, remember that a C-section is MAJOR surgery,
with it many risks. As with all modern procedures, deciding
drugs or technology is a judgment call -- it may make
things better, or worse.
For example, babies born by C-section do not receive the
natural stimulation that comes from moving down the birth
canal, and therefore must often be given oxygen or a rub down
to help them breathe. They also do not receive your natural
hormones, which are released during vaginal birth to help your
baby during its first moments of life.
Merely putting yourself in the hands of a high-tech doctor
and a high-tech hospital does not guarantee you the
safest birth. You yourself must take responsibility
for your child's birth, including your decision of whether or
not to use surgery.
There is not a single report in the scientific literature
that shows obstetricians (specially trained surgeons) to be
safer than midwives for low risk or normal pregnancy and birth.
So if you are among the more than 75 percent of all women with
a normal pregnancy,
the safest birth attendant for you is in fact not a doctor
midwife or doula.
Below is a variety of sources to help you make your
pregnancy and childbirth as healthy and joyous as it possibly
can be. If you are not pregnant, but know someone who is, take
a moment to forward this vital information to her as well. It
may make a world of difference.
- The Home Birth Advantage by Dr. Mayer Eisenstein
- Check your yellow pages or do a Google search for home
birth providers in your area
How to find a midwife, doula,
or birth attendant:
Source: mercola.com - the world´s No. 1 health