With “women of size” being more likely to have C-sections (I’ve read one nurse who said she can’t remember seeing a vaginal birth in a woman weighing over 200 lb. pregnant), and C-sections causing more postpartum infections than vaginal births, Well-Rounded Mama has written an important and salient post.
For what it’s worth, I weighed more than 200 lb pregnant both times I gave birth — uncomplicated vaginal home births. Maybe some doctors need to stop blaming “fat women” as a reason for C-sections, and start realizing that “increased risk” does not equal “certainty.” Perhaps some women just need more time to dilate before being rolled out to a C-section. Sure, some overweight women will need C-sections, and perhaps will need them at a greater rate than women of normal weight; but it bothers me that it seems that some doctors have a self-fulfilling prophecy when it comes to C-sections. I think they jump the gun at times.