Because it’s finally time we start talking about it.
I recently read an article I keep on C-Sections. It was about a group of mums who claimed that other mums who had experienced a Caesarean delivery had not actually given birth. It was an article which I wished I had never read as it annoyed me somewhat. This is clearly the outcome that this group is after with their ridiculous statements and claims, but it still had an impact on me.
Since then, perhaps because it has been on my mind, I have seen many Caesarean articles. Some positive and some not so.
Passing judgement on other mothers is something that I feel very strongly about. Whether this is a choice to return to work, a decision to breast or bottle feed or how a baby is delivered, it enrages me when people believe that there is only one way to do things and that anything else is inferior.
I think it is wonderful to read stories about mums who made the decision and were able to birth at home, in front of a roaring fire with the whole family present. I also think it is amazing when a mother gives birth in hospital with no pain medication. It is similarly amazing to hear of mums who delivered in hospital after taking the full range of medication on offer and also those who have given birth by C-Section.
The implication that having a C-Section is the easy option or the procedure somehow makes you less of a mother than someone who endures a long and pain medication free labour is just ludicrous.
During my first pregnancy I did a lot of reading. I wanted a water birth. In hospital. With little or no pain relief. I did pregnancy yoga and a natural birthing course. I read about the value of instant skin to skin contact between mother and baby. I read how a vaginal birth allows the baby to expel mucous which a caesarean doesn’t. I read stories of wonderful “natural” births and few stories at all about C-Sections.