“Any physician who picks up a scalpel and does major abdominal surgery, which is what a C-section is, because that doctor is afraid of litigation, is not practicing medicine but is practicing fear and greed,”
So says Marsden Wagner, perinatologist and former director of Women’s and Children’s Health for the World Health Organization, to the Washington Post this week.
Every time I hear about the C-section rates I am flabbergasted. How could this possibly be happening?! Why aren’t women getting angry? I mean, really really angry?
Here’s my own message to all the OB/GYNS out there: Grow some balls. Be brave enough to consider the health of your patients before you think about lawyers and the bottom line. Be brave enough to accept that birth can be noisy, messy and unscheduled. Embrace the natural mountains and valleys, the way things were meant to progress, not the sterilized and life-draining way they have become.
Every time I hear Marsden Wagner speak, he seems to me to be the voice of reason in the realm of birth.
Thanks to Pushed Birth for the link to the story.