Can a Patient Choose an Elective C-Section? – Linda Katz, MD – Obstetrics and Gynecology



– I would say in the course of, I do about 200 deliveries a year, I might have two or three
patients that come in and just say labor's too frightening. In Europe it's very fashionable
to choose a C-section for preservation of the vaginal anatomy. So it is a patient's option and there's nothing wrong with that. My personal opinion is, for me, the method of delivery is not as important as having a healthy
mother and a healthy baby. So, I don't have a problem. I don't believe in my heart
that I do unnecessary C-sections but I may choose a C-section to facilitate just a safer path for childbirth. You know the problem,
I think unfortunately, if I had a crystal ball and
I could predict the future I could say to a mother, you know what, your baby's 8 1/2 pounds,
it's too big for your body, you're gonna labor for 24 hours and end up with a C-section anyway let's just do it before. But since we can't predict the future it's very hard to try to tell a patient what you think is the safest route to go. And so, I don't find anything wrong with recommending C-sections to patients. Six weeks after the birth the mother is not gonna remember
that she had a C-section. She just wants a healthy
mother and a healthy baby.

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