April 20, 2016

Caesareans on the Rise. Chosen or Cajoled? #CAM2016

This post is based upon a Consumers Report article and sponsored, 
pero como siempre, opinions and Spanglish are all Babushka's. 

HolaHolaHola Beautifuls!

Mother’s Day is approaching, and besides thoughts of The Trio, BB recalls the actual day she became a Madre for the first time.  Birthing is no peace of bizcocho. It was a dia of surreal moments and surprises, but in the end worth every twist of events. It is a personal experience, y ultimately the choice is yours, pero BB just wants you to think about certain things, specifically the birth, before that day you become a mother, or before you give birth again.

Originally the C-Section, or Cesarean, was performed to save babies whose mothers died during childbirth.  Obviously, that is not the only reason the operation is chosen in today’s society. The reasons range from medical need, to cultural preference, and many beliefs in between. According to Consumer Reports, 1 in 3 births are cesareans, and almost half could have been done naturally.

“Alarmed by that trend, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM)—the nation’s two leading medical organizations that focus on childbirth—issued recommendations in 2014 aimed at safely reining in unnecessary cesareans.

“No one is saying that C-sections are never necessary, and no woman should feel guilty or somehow bad if they end up needing one,” says Elliott Main, M.D., the medical director of the California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative, a nonprofit organization that works to improve outcomes for mothers and babies in that state. “But mothers shouldn’t be coerced, directly or indirectly, into having a cesarean either, and making C-section rates public can give women the information they need when choosing where to deliver their babies,” he says.”

So do your tarea Beautifuls; know your doctors percentage of Cesareans and of the hospital they're affiliated with. Here are some articles to give you a better understanding of the current situation.

Thankfully, even though my ob/gyn scared Babushka by saying “It’s gonna be a big one!”, when asked if a Cesarean should be performed he said, “No mija, alli cabe un camion.” ( No dear, you can fit a truck in there.)  Loved my doctor, Crazy Cubano with a heart of gold, whose jokes weren’t always funny, but his demeanor was always darling.  My first born was almost a 12 pounder, and BB was sure Dr. Tudela was there for all three births.

And for those who are wondering, no, Babushka wasn't being Cubana. My Eldest missed 12 lbs by one ounce. Would BB have done anything differently about that day? JU SO FONII!!! It, and she, were perfect.

Happy Baby Births Beautifuls!!


Bohemian Babushka
Bohemian Babushka

Groovy Spanglish speaking Grandma of 6 who loves life and all its adventures. Motivational while still keeping it real, Babushka shows how all things looked at with gratitude are good, and how to say to la vida- JU SO FONII!!!

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