Previously, I wrote about “birth rape” and mentioned an article in the UK. Recently, I commented on a med student’s blog, in which the author discusses this from his/her perspective. It’s an interesting read, and it’s always good to get other people’s perspective on it; but the reason I’m linking to it now is for the person who commented after me. She tells a horrific tale of birth rape, beginning with an induction which she feels was unnecessary. (She was told her placenta was failing and her babies were in “immediate danger of dying,” but her records indicate no such life-threatening diagnosis.)
I will comment, though, on her comment about Australia having a 66% “surgical birth” rate. It’s possible that an episiotomy is considered a form of “surgical birth” since it is an incision made with surgical instruments. One article from 2006 stated that the 2004 Australian C-section rate was 29% at the time. I doubt it has doubled in the last four years. It’s possible the woman commenting made a typo, but more likely she’s including episiotomies in this rate.
Stories like this are uncommon, but they should be non-existent. Be informed.