Life & Style is reporting that Kim Kardashian is planning an elective cesarean—mostly because she’s terrified of the labor pains. For some reason, when women hear this they get up in arms, and visions of Victoria Beckham, who has been labeled “too posh to push,” dance in their heads. But why as women are we judging each other? As long as we’re not putting our babies at risk, why do you care how another woman chooses to give birth—one of the most private, sacred events in ones life?
If Kim does go through with it, she wouldn’t be the first star to choose to have an elective cesarean. Britney Spears admitted she had one because she didn’t want to go through the extreme pain of childbirth; Christina Aguilera had one because she was scared of tearing “down there”; and Kate Hudson dreaded the idea of going home and having to come back to the hospital because her contractions weren’t progressing fast enough, so she requested a c-section for convenience.
Celebrities aren’t the only ones doing it either. In a 2005 study conducted by the British Medical Journal, the number of American first-time moms who chose to deliver by cesarean—with no medical need to do so—rose by 67 percent between 1991 and 2001. As of 2009, close to 100,000 deliveries in the US were considered maternal-request cesareans and that number is thought to be on the rise.
Some women choose to have an elected cesarean because they are admittedly Type A and want to be able to plan the birth down to the last detail without any surprises that come with going into labor earlier or later than their due date; others have a great phobia of the unknown amounts of pain that come with delivering a baby naturally; more are scared that their sex lives will never be the same if things are stretched or torn during vaginal delivery.
While new guidelines by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists published in March state vaginal deliveries should be the norm and early c-sections (before 39 weeks) for “big babies” (Note: ultrasounds can be wrong about weight by +/- 1.5 lbs) and “maternal-request” surgeries should be avoided, isn’t the ultimate decision the mother’s? Doctors have taken an oath, and would not allow a woman to make a decision that is going to harm her child. So why don’t we all leave the personal decision making to those actually having the babies?
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Image of Kim Kardashian via Instagram.