Don't have a caesarean unless it's essential, warns news study

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Mums to be should only give birth by caesarean when strictly necessary, insists a new study.

Problem is, how do mothers know when the proposed caesarean is truly necessary? If they ask the doctor, "is there anything else we can do? I really want a vaginal birth", the doctor is highly likely to say, "we've done everything we can do. I'm sorry. I know this is not what you wanted but the baby must come first.". What woman would seek a second opinion?

Figures suggest caesareans carried out during labour without pressing medical reasons were 14 times more risky than a normal birth.

Data from the World Health Organisation's global maternal survey ... found pregnant women who had C-sections were more likely to die in childbirth or suffer serious complications, such as needing intensive care treatment, blood transfusion or hysterectomy.

... that women who opted for a caesarean because they believed it was merely an easier alternative to normal childbirth had been seriously misinformed.

... "Caesarean section should be done only when there is a medical indication to improve the outcome for the mother or the baby.

"Women and their carers who plan to undertake caesarean section delivery should discuss the potential risks to make an informed decision if they still wish to have a caesarean delivery." ...

Overall, the rate of Caesarean section was 27.3% ...

Caesareans performed before labour without pressing medical reason were 2.7 times as risky as normal birth ...

... "For those who are still inclined to consider caesarean delivery a harmless option, they need to take a cold, hard look at the evidence against unnecessary caesarean section."

... Csections are associated with a greater risk of stillbirth and other health problems for the baby.

... children born by caesarean were 80% more likely to develop asthma by the time they were eight. Others studies have linked caesarean births to increased cases of allergies in children ...

Of course, the other issue is that women who have caesareans are highly unlikely to have vaginal briths for their subsequent children. With each caesarean a woman has, the risks increase.

Melissa Maimann, Essential Birth Consulting 0400 418 448