September 6, 2006


Scientists in study of 5.7m births voice concern at elective Caesareans (SHÂN ROSS, 9/06/06, The Scotsman)

NEWBORN babies are more than twice as likely to die when their mothers choose to have a Caesarean section, compared with natural births, according to new research.

The study also found that, before taking into account adjustments due to medical risk factors, the proportion of babies dying within a month was nearly three times higher following a voluntary Caesarean section.

The research was based on an examination of about 5.7 million births.

The results will bring into sharp focus the debate between the "too posh to push" lobby - including celebrities such as Angelina Jolie, Britney Spears and Madonna - and those who advocate normal childbirth.

Want to get them to stop? Tell them women who had the surgery got fat and wrinkly.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 6, 2006 8:05 AM

Did Angelina Jolie go all the way to some grotty African village just to get a C-section?

Posted by: Bryan at September 6, 2006 11:13 AM

Well that and everything that went with it including big $$$ for exclusive photos. Wonder if Brad Pitt's career will survive his sojourn as Mr. Pouty Lips?

Posted by: erp at September 6, 2006 1:52 PM

It just seems kind of odd to me to go to a place not known for it's ace healthcare and have your abdomen cut open. I thought the whole point was that she would have a natural birth while all the dusky-hued people showered their love upon her. If she was just going to get a Casaerian, she could have had it done at Cedar-Sinai for a lot less money with a lot less risk.

Posted by: Bryan at September 6, 2006 2:40 PM

Anyone in the market for a good book a childbirth which frowns on such practices couldn't go wrong with this one

(Full disclosure -- my mom is one of the authors)

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at September 6, 2006 10:04 PM

Oh, and the story of the birth of my eldest daughter is in there -- names changed to protect the innocent.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at September 6, 2006 10:09 PM