Last week, a study made headlines saying that babies born via C-section were more at risk of chronic illness than those who weren’t. The story was picked up and ran everywhere, including on Mamamia.
For mothers who delivered their babies by C-section, it was pretty much the least helpful study ever. You cannot undo how you gave birth to your child, and C-sec mums already have to live with a barrage of deeply unhelpful assumptions about their babies and their births.
As Bec Sparrow previously wrote for Mamamia:
It was a headline too good to ignore. A lure, I couldn’t go past.
“The major caesarean problem nobody talks about!’ whispered the article on my Facebook feed.
What? What problem? There’s a major problem nobody talks about?
I had to click.
I had to click which is err, RIDICULOUS. I say ridiculous because – are you ready for this? – I’ve had four.
Yep. Four. Four caesareans. Four sunroofs. Four times I’ve had a baby airlifted out. When I’m not writing or trying to scrape dried weetbix off the wall, or Googling “Is Roger Corser married?”, I like to spend my time in an unflattering hospital gown having major stomach surgery. That’s how I roll.
So I clicked to see what major problem I’d unwittingly endured four times. What I found – yet again – was an article on caesarean sections that was filled with misinformation and designed to scare the beejebus out of any pregnant woman.
Have a caesarean and you won’t be able to drive for six weeks, it said.
You’ll have trouble bonding with your baby, it said.
You can’t pick up your baby for weeks, it said.
You won’t be able to breastfeed, it said.
You’ll be forced to have caesareans forever more, it said.
What a load of crap. That’s what I said.
Because none of that is ‘fact’.
And I’m rather tired of the anti-caesarean propaganda campaign that is alive and well online.
Let me just unpick a few of these untruths.
Ring your car insurer and they’ll tell you that you can drive after a caesarean when YOU or your DOCTOR feels you are ready to drive. I was driving after each of my surgeries within 7-10 days of being out of hospital. It’s an individual thing but six weeks for everyone? MYTH.