Most of these videos do not include footage of a C-section birth itself, but rather the aftermath some women find themselves in after an unwanted and unnecessary Cesarean. I’ve seen some of these and will watch the rest — I recognize the first one as one of my favorites: “Question CPD”, and many of the others look familiar. The bottom two videos do say that they are part 1 and part 2 of an actual C-section procedure. I’ve seen one 60-minute long video of a live C-section — it used to be on YouTube, but it’s gone now — that was aired as a hospital promo or something. If I find it again, I’ll link to it, because people want to see a real C-section (maybe because they like blood? maybe just to see what they themselves went through? for a school project?), and it is an interesting and informative video, even if I don’t agree with everything the people say throughout that video.
This isn’t some sort of “Mommy War” pitting women who give birth vaginally against women who don’t; just allowing women who feel violated by their C-sections to have a voice. Not every C-section is unwanted; not every C-section is unnecessary; but far too many are, and far too many women feel traumatized or victimized by the surgery that brought their children into the world. If you’re comfortable with your C-section — GREAT! I’m so glad you were able to give birth in a way that you wanted, and/or perhaps even saved your life or that of your baby! But so many women do not have those feelings about their C-section, and I’m not going to ignore them just because other women are fine. Some people are just far more sanguine about things in life than others — some are positive thinkers who look for the silver lining in even the darkest clouds; others are negative thinkers like Eeyore and say, “Well, I never hoped for anything good, because I didn’t figure I’d get it anyway.” As long as they’re fine and dandy, I’m glad. But when there are women who are plunged into depression and anger and fear because of their C-sections — and especially when they find out that they were completely unnecessary, or could have been avoided — I cannot remain silent.
My thanks to Unnecessarean for the link.
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