Yesterday Trav and I were listening to the Christian radio station. The dj's were talking about a woman who had a c-section (they didn't say why) and gave birth to a 8lb 10oz, 20.6" long baby girl. The female dj, after hearing the size of the child made some comment similar to:
"It's a good thing she had the c-section then!"
Travis and I looked at each other and rolled our eyes.
There are a lot of good reasons to have a c-section and to be thankful that there are skilled doctors who can perform the operation. But I am confident that recovering from major abdominal surgery is much, much worse than the pain of delivering a 9lb baby vaginally.
Not to mention the difference in cost. I was told by my ob/gyn office (before I switched to my homebirth midwife) that the average cost of a normal vaginal birth with one day in the hospital was $4,210 for the mother and $1,674 for the baby. The average cost of a c-section without complications was $10,199 for the mom and $4,400 for the baby. And that was just the hospital bills! That doesn't include what we would have paid our doctor for prenatal, postnatal and delivery.
And if you're curious, the total amount owed to Bernice for prenatal, delivery and postnatal care was $2,475.