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Nov052010

Comment(s) of the Week: Pop Culture References

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By Jill—Unnecesarean

 

It’s been a busy week for discussion and there have been many insightful comments that I could have selected for this post, but I picked two gems found on our Facebook page. Thanks for the laughs. 

 

Nakia wrote:

“I need to run for governor as part of the “C-section rate is 2 damn high” party. Who’s with me?”


 

Kathy wrote:

“No one puts Baby in the drawer.”

 

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Reader Comments (19)

OMG the Dirty Dancing reference!!! LOL!!!

November 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

HA HA HA! OK, I need to think of some.

November 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMomTFH

I think I'm going to start promoting myself as a great opening act for, like, midwifery conferences.

November 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFoxyKate

It really isn't anyone's concern or business who does or does not have a cesarean. Or who births naturally or with pain medication. It isn't your business. Stop judging others and stop rubbing what you think is right in other peoples faces. Mind your own business. As long as mother and baby are healthy no matter how the birth happens is what matters. Yes some people get cesareans when they don't need them but that's there business and there wallet and other times a cesarean is needed for a life or death situation. So get over yourself and your judgmental way of trying to fix the world because your doing more damage than good the way you go about it.

November 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterConsiderate

Considerate, there are higher rates of complications with cesarean, so if it is really a healthy baby and healthy mom that you think is all that matters, why can't there be a patient advocate site that is concerned with avoiding UNNECESSARY (not necessary) cesareans?

Have you actually read any of the blog posts on here? Please provide links in which the author is judgmental. Otherwise, maybe you are being judgmental and doing damage without any justification.

November 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMomTFH

Hear, hear, MomTFH!!

"Considerate" -- maybe you should consider being considerate, and consider reading some of the considerable number of posts that these considerate bloggers have written and spent a considerable amount of time doing so, while considering their own experiences as well as the experiences of others. Perhaps you could particularly consider the considerable number of women who have had unnecessary Cesareans and were considerably injured as a result, and also consider those women who experienced considerable postpartum depression and even post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of their C-section, and would wish to punch anyone who dares to tell them that they should just be happy that they have a healthy baby, considering that they have suffered for months or even years as the result of the trauma they endured as a result of their C-section. Just a little something for you consideration.

November 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKathy

Hear! Hear! Too damn high indeed.

November 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAlissa

What a random post for somebody to freak out over. ??

Oh, and I LOVE "Nobody puts Baby in the drawer." Hilarious!

November 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAugusta

Considerate, you get an award for randomness. I second MomTFH's suggestion that you at least link to what you are so angry about so we can get some context.

I'm getting more e-mails like this lately. Here's one from this week:

Your Name: Kristin
Your Email: K----@yahoo.com
Subject: Unnecesarean
Message: I personally think that women should do whatever they feel comfortable with in dealing with childbirth. The constant, inaccurate information about cesareans and VBACS as scare tactics is ridiculous. If a woman wants a c-section and is fully aware of the surgery and risks, let her have it. I've had 3, and I plan to have 4 (God-willing of course!). I would never find comfort in having a home birth. I would routinely worry about all the things that could possibly go wrong and unable to prevent simply because time is usually of the essence in childbirth complications. If something did go wrong, I'd blame myself. However, many women want and choose this way. To them I say, better you than me. The outcome is the important thing. I imagine we all want a healthy child, and nobody is better than the other for the way they go about it! I just wish that some of these "natural" and anti-cesarean individuals would spend, what seems to me, their endless time and energy on more pressing issues like child abuse, drug use during pregnancy, so on and so forth!!

I wrote back a quick reply but, of course, didn't hear back. I think people just encounter someone who thinks that cesarean births are wrong (like the "too posh to push" myth) and a lightening rod (like this blog) catches their rant.

The 30 second reply:

"If a woman wants a c-section and is fully aware of the surgery and risks, let her have it."

I agree and I write about this from time to time. It's even on the About page.

I don't how other people spend their time, but to me, activism is about making choices available and is just as important as the other issues you mention in the final paragraph. You assume that every woman has a buffet of choices and you are, unfortunately, wrong. I wish you were right, which is why I blog.

I'm thinking we should create a generic reference page for people who drop a comment like this. Something that covers that the overuse of the cesarean section is a well documented trend in medicine that has yet to be resolved, that our concern is not needed or wanted cesareans and that a main goal is to open doors for women to have a vaginal birth if that's what they want. You wouldn't think that's a big deal, but it's getting harder and harder to find someone who will attend a regular old vaginal birth.

November 6, 2010 | Registered CommenterJill

weirrrd! I guess if someone is about to hulk out over it, they may as well do it here. Actually probably better that they do it here. That should be the next open comment thread: just hulk out.

I just about died when I read the Dirty Dancing reference. Also, I want to add lurky Patrick Swayze face to everything now.

November 7, 2010 | Registered CommenterCourtroom Mama
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