This summer I have known six women, myself included, who have had babies (or are having very soon) and I am the only one who experienced a vaginal delivery. Two of the women who have yet to deliver know that they will be having C-sections as well.
WHAT IS WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE??
Why have we, as a medical culture, allowed this crippling fear of being "past a due date" to drive woman after woman into an operating room. Today you have to luck out to be given the privilege of experiencing childbirth, as it appears that one in three babies is now delivered via C-section. Those are crappy odds.
We've all heard "as long as you end up with a healthy baby, who cares how it gets here," but it does matter how babies get here...there has been study after study about the physiological effects of both types of delivery.
I'm not going to write a diatribe on this topic tonight, but as I was counting the new moms I know of Summer 2011, it struck me how insane it was that I'm the only one with a birth story that involves pushing. I wish that they had similar stories to share...ones that don't involve a big blue curtain.
Put down the knife and let women do what our bodies are quite capable of doing ... when they are ready to do it.