"Pauline McDonagh Hull says while it’s a small number, women should have the right to request a planned C-section covered by health insurance. The British journalist, who opted for caesarean birth for her two children, makes the case in a new book she co-authored with Alberta obstetrician Dr. Magnus Murphy.
In Choosing Cesarean: A Natural Birth Plan, they argue there are valid reasons, from potential side effects of vaginal birth such as urinary incontinence, sexual dysfunction or pelvic floor damage to fear of pain or long labour.
Natural childbirth may be empowering for some mothers, she says, but not for everyone. And those who have had traumatic experiences or opt for surgery should not be left feeling as if they have somehow failed, she adds."