I have a question. How many women do you personally know who requested a cesarean? I’m not talking about elective repeat cesareans, nor am I wondering how many women you know who have been scared or coerced into surgery by a doctor.
To frame the question, I know one woman. It was within the last five years and I haven’t seen her since she had her baby, but I remember how she used to talk about having kids. She was so disgusted by the whole process of childbirth that for her it would have been a huge positive to find a doctor who would accommodate her request for a c-section. When I heard that she sought a c-section, I was surprised. “People do that?” I asked our mutual friend who told me about her request.
I find the Listening to Mothers Survey (pdf), which interviewed nearly 1,600 women and found that only one had requested a cesarean, to be accurate based on my life experience. What have you found?