My recommendation is that women not obsess over avoiding a cesarean delivery. A mother should pick a birth professional she can trust to carefully explain why a cesarean section has become necessary, should the need for one arise, and then go with her recommendation. It is highly unlikely that an experienced doctor will bully a mother into an unnecessary cesarean section. If the whole prenatal care has been conducted in a "my way or the highway" style, the mom should not be in labor under such a person's care; but if she is, she still should go with the recommendation, because she simply does not have the medical knowledge at that point to determine if her baby's life or brain is at risk or not. Some things that lead to a cesarean delivery are outside the mother's control; others can be addressed during pregnancy and labor in hopes of lowering the risk of ending up with a cesarean delivery:
Dr. Regula E. Burki is an OB/GYN and a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). Prior to entering private practice she was a Clinical Fellow in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Harvard University and completed a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, where she served as chief resident. She is the current Chair of the Utah section of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and a diplomat of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She maintains a private practice in gynecology in Salt Lake City, Utah. The views Dr. Burki expresses are her personal views and not necessarily those of ACOG.
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