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Monday
Jun152009

Discovery Health FAIL: "Childbirth is major surgery"

Amy from Science and Sensibility tweeted a jaw-dropper today:

 

[From @midwifeamy] Freudian slip? From the good folks @DiscHealthPR “Childbirth is major surgery, and your body needs time to recover” http://is.gd/12Cfl

 

From http://health.discovery.com/tv/baby-week/what-no-one-tells-you-01.html on June 15, 2009

 

I am assuming this is missing the word “like.”

 

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Reader Comments (8)

Wow.... uh....... wow.......

Surgery for childbirth? Is that what women have come to? I have faith in women, but dang....it only goes so far haha

June 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKayce

Total FAIL! The other 9 things are pretty awful, too. I just started a twitter meme: #10laborthings. What do you wish someone told you about labor and birth? I'm sure we can think of plenty!

June 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmy Romano

Well, actually -- "surgery" can include episiotomy, since it is the cutting of tissue, so with a 30%+ C-section rate and an episiotomy rate of who knows what, it may very well be that >50% of women are actually having "surgical" births.

June 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKathy

After I picked my jaw off the floor, and refreshed several times to make sure I wasn't seeing things, I wrote them and asked them to please please PLEASE edit better, and surely they didn't mean ALL childbirth was major surgery and also, WTF?

I phrased it more nicely, though.

June 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTara

Ha ha! My jaw really was agape when I saw this. Maybe even for five seconds.

I can't wait to see if they change it.

June 15, 2009 | Registered CommenterJill

Wow, I agree, not only is #1 completely awful, but the other 9 are pretty bad too. Things like this make me feel so overwhelmingly sad for the women of our country. No wonder why women fear childbirth and are so willing to turn over complete an utter control to their physicians. GRRRRRRRR!

~Melissa
www.nursingbirth.com

June 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNursing Birth

Wow.. I think this is a step down from "what to expect when you're expecting," if that is even possible. These offer little to no REAL knowledge for women, other than be ready to go through the ringer, be completely embarrassed and be open to childbirth being a "major surgery." It's funny how they say that the baby is the one in control when a lot of times it is the medpros. It does sound better when they word it that way though:)

MJ

June 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMJ

Hey! My comment didn't save. Yeah, What to Expect When Your Expecting disappointed the heck out of me. There was an even more terror-based one on what to expect during baby's first year.

That's a really interesting point about the perception of who has the control. Baby? Care provider? Fate? Mom? Science? Nature? Genetics? Our litigious society?

Hmm.

June 20, 2009 | Registered CommenterJill
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