Sunday, April 22, 2012

Cesarean Choice in China - one woman's story

We've written about c-section rates in China in chapter 8 of our book, Choosing Cesarean, and in the Shanghai Daily this week, new mother Michelle Qiao writes about her birth plan decision.

It's a very interesting look at some of the reasons why women choose a cesarean there, and also why ultimately, Michelle decides to have a vaginal delivery with an epidural.

And while I'm not convinced that this birth "experience increases her love for her baby" (or at least, I don't believe that not experiencing vaginal birth by default decreases a woman's love for her baby), her story (and the opinions of friends, family and medical professionals in China) is one that we don't often get to hear.

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