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Unnecessary Elective Surgeries at Good Samaritan! Pick Your Date!

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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:

Lots of 9/9/09 babies, but one came at 9:09 a.m.

Wisconsin baby born at 9:09 on 9/9/09 weighing 9 pounds, 9 ounces

Morro Bay woman delivers baby at 9 a.m. on 9-9-09

9/9/09: A date with destiny

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Reader Comments (21)

Ugh. And yet, if she'd already been convinced to have a section, and told that it was safe, and told that a few days here or there made no difference, it's hard to really blame her for bumping it up by four days. I'm not saying I liked scheduled sections - not at ALL - but I can definitely see how this seemed like a totally reasonable request to her, and to her hack of a doctor.

*sigh* It's a never ending battle, isn't it?

September 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDarlene

I pretty much have nothing to say :(

September 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMolly

There's a private hospital in my town had an 82% c-section rate for one month!

September 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDesalie Lowe

well, at least it was after 39 weeks! what i'd like to know is if either of her other two children mentioned in the article were c/sections. Was this an elective repeat? or an elective primary? elective primary is way more disgusting-a c/s just to pick the birthday?

September 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRose

“It’s cool, you know?”

No, I don't know, Christina. The last time I checked, there was nothing cool about making the CHOICE to:
1) have major abdominal surgery
2) raise my chances of contracting MRSA
3) raise my risks of DYING and leaving my baby an orphan
4) swell up with gas after surgery (everyone LOVES gas pain and farting after all)
5) hold a pillow over my incision to laugh, cough, sneeze, or hold my baby
6) increase my sweet newborn babe's chances of being needlessly separated from me, having respiratory diseases, spending time in a NICU, and having difficulty with breastfeeding
7) risk developing placenta percreta in any future pregnancies (which could lead to loss of my uterus AND my bladder. Spending the rest of my days peeing into a bag strapped to my side sounds like the perfect accessory to wear to the grocery store, soccer games, and even weddings!)

I will never think that you or your OB made a choice that "made sense"
Nonetheless, I am pleased that your baby was born safely and do wish you a speedy and peaceful recovery.

September 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJustine

My mom has never forgotten my birthday, and I'm her third child. On the other hand, I am a Christmas baby, soo...

My mom gave birth to me naturally and I was delivered by a midwife. However, this was all intentional. I was born before the doctor got there, and I came so quickly that there was no time for an epidural. She was, however, amazed at how good she felt after I was born.

So, why is it so hard to remember your kid's birthday, huh? Geez.

September 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

Is it weird this makes me cry??

I think that the natural birth movement takes steps forward, and then you hear about things like this. Sometimes it gets old just fighting the system. Wondering if you will ever reach the top of this uphill battle.

September 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKayce

Excuse me while I wipe the remaining barf off of my mouth.

It's bad enough that this women doesn't take her and her babys' health seriously.... but the doctor? Isn't that unethical practice? Don't they take the Hippocratic Oath? Isn't it supposed to mean anything?

Sometimes I just want to throw my hands up...

September 10, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermichele

hmmm, i can't believe this woman said some o this stuff.
I'd be embarassed of myself. would she not be able to remember her child's birth if it were not 999? i remembered my son's birthday because it was the most life changing day of my life. not because it was some cool date. ridculous

September 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJIll

Ok I am very pro NCB and VBAC...but I don't get the tone of a lot of the comments on here. We don't know her reason for having a csection...the article said she has two kids already, perhaps she has had all csections and opted for a third. Perhaps she has a condition that necessitates a cesarean, we don't know! So why all the judgement?

I mean ya, picking your child's date because of numbers is a little silly...but at least she is past 39 weeks.

What DOES anger me is that someone could have that much control over her birth simply because she is an RCS, and the choices for VBAC and NCB are so drastically limited. Now THAT is something to be upset about, not someone else's birth choices.

September 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMargaret
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