During the last two episodes of 'One Born Every Minute' that I have watched, I have seen women writhing in agony, labor not progressing, baby's heart rate decelerating, and they cry out, "I don't want to be cut. I don't want a cesarean. Please."
Surely this is a sign that we are failing in antenatal care?
I KNOW that many cesareans are unwanted, but shouldn't we still prepare women sensibly for the possibility that they may NEED a cesarean, for their own and for their baby's safety?
Cesarean's are life-saving procedures.
If you don't want to have one, then you should work with a maternity care provider that can advise you on how best to optimize your chances of a successful spontaneous delivery - but every woman should also try and mentally and physically prepare for the possibility that surgery may be needed.
In fact, Leigh East of c-sections.org has just published a book called "Caesarean Birth: A Positive Approach to Preparation and Recovery", which helps women to do just that.