China c section rates skyrocketing!


Brianna - posted on 01/06/2012




honestly my nightmare is to have to have a csection not sure why people would want one if they didnt need it.. the recovery time for a natural birth is so much fast than a csection aswell


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Janice - posted on 01/07/2012




I'm not all that surprised at this article. I'm in the US and my DD was a c-section due to being breech. When I told people I planned to have a VBAC they would look at me like I was crazy! "Why would you go through L&D if you dont have to?" Considering that is the attitude I saw here, I can completely understand why women in China would be choosing C-sections. They like having control over their only birth and they see it as safer.

My VBAC for my DS was successful and I must say comparing the two my recovery has been worse with my vaginal delivery. Maybe I was lucky but my c-section pain was much easier to deal with than my vaginal pain!

Mrs. - posted on 01/06/2012




My TCM doc, who I see weekly, was a gyno in China. She now mainly deals with fertility and reproductive disease in her practice in Canada. She talks a lot about the differences in China to North America. She only has one child, a daughter and frequently talks about how much she wanted another. She does have a lot of very different ideas about pregnancy and a women's body, but she was not happy about the fact they were seriously considering a c-section for me. Not all docs trained in China are pro c-section, at least not this one.

I'm going to see her tomorrow, I think I might ask her opinion on it and see what she thinks.

There is no doubt, though, that the one child policy has affected the medical community there. Some of the things she has said to me off-hand have shocked me. For instance, I had mentioned that I'd like to have a boy if I had another child and she said that there was a "treatment" she could do that they do in China to help ensure this, but that it is not allowed in Canada. She seemed very close lipped about it and I didn't push. It is obvious to me just how important it is that the one child a mother has be healthy and a boy.

Frances - posted on 01/06/2012




I wonder is part of the reason for the high c-sec rate is that it is convenient at the time to also have a tubal.

Tam - posted on 01/04/2012




First off, I try not to impose my opinions on people. However, that doesn't keep me from having them, so this is sort of a preface for that sort of thing. I'm not trying to be offensive, I guess is what I am saying, even though what follows is probably going to be just that. So sorry in advance.

I don't agree with a lot of elective surgeries. I don't like lap-band surgeries because I know from experience with family that it won't work unless you undergo a lifestyle change - it's a short cut, that's all. I dislike non-functional cosmetic surgeries (non functional in that they are done solely for cosmetic reasons. I have had a nasal reconstruction surgery following a broken nose in which my right nostril was rendered unusable by my septum covering is. And it still bugged me that I had to have it.) This dislikes excludes things like burn victims trying to gain back a semblance of a face, or a breast reduction due to back problems, etc. And the same kinda goes for my opinion on C-sections.

This isn't to attack anyone who has had one - contrary, in fact. There are plenty of people that for whatever reason, be it physical makeup or pregnancy circumstance, a cesarean is the best and safest choice. But I sort of have a problem with people who schedule them 'just because'. Most of the people who I have met that have scheduled their c-section do so for their own convenience. They almost have a cavalier attitude about the whole ordeal. It just bothers me. And honestly, I don't even know why I feel this way, I just do. Likely it's because the idea of having a c-section is somewhat scary to me, especially since it's quite possible that I might be in that position when I deliver my twins in a few months. It actually scares me a little.

That being said (now that I got the most offensive part of my opinion out of the way), I don't think that the cesarean rate is at the top of the problems in China. From just reading the article and not doing the normal amount of research I would normally engage in before speaking on a topic. it is made to sound like the c-sections are more of a symptom rather than one of the true issues. When I read about state mandated abortions, my stomach turned. I am reading this article, by the way, while pregnant with twins while my two older kids are coloring on the floor. The idea of being forced by my government to have given up three of my children damn near made me cry. It may be the hormones, but the idea is still incredibly horrific.

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