Should The Decision Of Delivering A Child Or The Mother?

1544 Words Jan 15th, 2016 7 Pages
Should the decision of delivering a child vaginally or cesarean reside in the physician or the mother? Afterall, it is the mother who will be enduring the pain of labor, possible complications, or postsurgical recovery. Many women who want c-sections believe it should be illegal to make someone go through labor. Is it ethically appropriate to perform a cesarean delivery on a maternal request at term in an otherwise uncomplicated pregnancy because of the risks of surgery (American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, 2013)? In labor and delivery, we never know when a baby may take a turn for the worse, so scheduling a safe c-section could fix that. These days many women are choosing to have surgery over the traditional laboring and vaginal delivery. Though, this is a new trend, c-sections used to be the last resort.
C-sections began in Egypt in 3,000B.C. and began to become more common in other countries (Davenport, 2010). Though, back then, the woman often died during or after the procedure. It wasn’t until the sixteenth century when women were alive at the beginning of procedure, but knew the risk of dying during surgery was very high before undergoing it. Many infants died in childbirth vaginally when a woman nowadays would have had a c-section. Nonetheless, later in history, Catholics mandated c-sections before an infant died in labor in order to save the baby for baptism. In the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, c-sections became the…
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