This really creeps me out! I’ve known for a while that OR Live will feature a planned cesarean birth at the Shawnee Medical Center. Is this an attempt to further normalize cesarean birth? Is it a response to America’s voyeuristic preoccupation with “reality” shows? Is this yet another way to marginalize and trivialize natural childbirth?
The press release points out that “[a]ccording to the Centers for Disease Control, every year more than 1 million women in the United States deliver by Cesarean Section, commonly known as a C- section.” (See it’s ok. It’s normal. It’s safe because mom and baby are in a hospital.) It’s like watching Little Red Riding Hood. You don’t know if it’s the version where little red gets away or the one where the wolf eats her. This is an apt means for normalizing technologically-manipulated childbirth.
Notice the technorati tags at the bottom of the page: OR-Live surgical video medical video C-Section Cesarean Section fetal distress breech position
There is nothing here that indicates a medical need for a cesarean. Fetal distress (a subjective and often misleading diagnosis) cannot be predicted far in advance. Breech position would not have been determined at the time I first heard about this event. So how did this mother and baby get selected for major abdominal surgery, I wonder? The press release states that cesareans are reserved for babies that cannot be born vaginally. The title claims that cesareans are performed during “complicated” or “high-risk” deliveries. How has that been determined in this case?
Or is it that some lucky gal and her innocent child will be selected sometime during this week preceding or on the day of the big show for a 7:00 pm cesarean?
Ugh, if this don’t make yer skin crawl . . .