The article Stoughton woman goes whole nine yards to make sure her baby is delivered on 9-9-09 was published yesterday in the Patriot Ledger.
BROCKTON — After a nine-month pregnancy, Christina Mayo thought it would only be right to have her baby on Wednesday — 9-9-09.
So the Stoughton woman scheduled her Cesarean section delivery for that day, even though her due date was Sept. 13.
“I guess I wanted it because it’s just a really easy date to remember,” Mayo, 28, said by phone Wednesday from her room at Good Samaritan Medical Center in Brockton. “It’s cool, you know?”
“I just had to convince my doctor that it made sense,” she added.
While this patient was able to convince her doctor that a scheduled cesarean for a vanity birthday made more sense than buying a five dollar calendar from Staples to help remember important dates, women across the country struggle on a daily basis to convince their doctors that proven, evidence-based practices make sense, such as:
- Letting labor begin on its own
- Staying mobile and changing positions in labor
- Having continuous support from a doula or support person
- Avoiding interventions that are not medically
- Not getting stuck at the staff’s insistence in the lithotomy position and following the body’s urges to push
- Keeping their baby with them immediately after birth and throughout their hospital stay as much as desired and possible
Cesareans at Caritas Good Samaritan Medical Center in Brockton are not hard to come by, as the hospital boasts a 39.7 percent cesarean rate. This number most likely indicating that while some doctors are giving away cesareans for no reason, other doctors are unnecessarily coercing and bullying women into unwanted and unneeded surgery.
The article does not mention if the unnecessary elective surgery was paid for out-of-pocket by the patient or if insurance was billed, nor did the number of women who had unnecessary cesareans at Good Samaritan on September 9, 2009, make the news.
More on the miracle of cesareans happening on their scheduled dates:
Reader Margaret brought to my attention something very obvious. This might have been an elective repeat cesarean or a cesarean for medical reasons that was scheduled for 40 weeks and just bumped up a few days. While scheduling a cesarean for a few days earlier than a due date is commonplace and not something that would usually take any convincing, the article is short and vague enough where it might still have been a medically indicated cesarean.
In that case, the title sounds mean and unintentionally harsh to the mom in the story.
The point of this post was not to slam a woman for how they gave birth but rather the idea that a hospital with a 40 percent cesarean rate could show up with a cutesy feature article about toying around with scheduled due dates to have a vanity birthday while so many women at the same hospital are clearly being led into unnecessary cesareans. With more than 200 hospitals banning women from giving birth vaginally after a previous cesarean, the idea of having the freedom to choose elective surgery freely and with some gentle nudging of the physician illustrates what type of birth is more valuable among (some) medical professionals.