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There Are Cesareans... And Then There's Everything Else

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By Jill—Unnecesarean

Just when you finished rolling your eyes at newspaper editors who insist on calling vaginal birth, “traditional” or “natural” birth while readers wonder if they should acknowledge the 800 pound vagina in the room, there’s a new surgery normative term in town.



I think this is the first time I’ve ever seen the vaginal birth column in a spreadsheet labeled “Non C-Section Deliveries.” It’s right up there with having patients sign waivers for “attempting” an “elective vaginal delivery.” 


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Reader Comments (20)

You can imagine my shock and horror when our HEALTH department sent that spreadsheet to me!

May 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDanielle

That's like calling NOT using a colostomy bag "attempted rectal elimination."

And sex "attempted non-artificial insemination".

May 13, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteremjaybee

Ha! I know, right?

May 13, 2010 | Registered CommenterJill

Oh. Em. GEE!

May 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMaegan

Aww, come on ladies, maybe we should give them the benefit of the doubt. Maybe they wanted a generic category to include all those cases where the baby is birthed out of other orifices, like anuses, nostrils and mouths? ;-)

May 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterB

That's disgusting. I'm beginning to get so mad when I read your posts that I might have to stop reading them. It makes me go off on rants and want to break things. Like a doctor's face.

May 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTiffany

In our little Manage Comments box, I can only see the first line of comments. When I saw yours, B, I thought you were pointing out that it was probably just an unconscious error (with a somewhat telling bias) or just someone who felt that it was gross to type "vaginal" in their spreadsheet.

Then I read the part about nasal birth...

May 13, 2010 | Registered CommenterJill

Tiffany, the whole situation is multifactorial. You'd have a lot of different faces of all different professions to break, so perhaps you can channel that hulksmash feeling into something productive. :)

May 13, 2010 | Registered CommenterJill

Hopefully my winky face indicated the sarcasm of my post. It is very telling that someone would label a category "non-c-section deliveries". I'd be laughing if the categories were "vaginal deliveries' and "non-vaginal deliveries", because that isn't accurate either (see orifice comments ;-)) It is so simple to be accurate - there is vaginal birth and c-section birth.

May 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterB

Oh, I laughed. Mostly because I didn't expect it.

May 13, 2010 | Registered CommenterJill
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