Herald Sun (Aust) October 12, 2010
Many well-off mothers-to-be think natural childbirth is undignified and distasteful, and want a caesarean for comfort and safety, a study shows. But they’re not just too posh to push, they’re also petrified. According to a survey of 210 women published in Midwifery journal, researchers found there was a “distrust of the body’s ability to undertake labour and safely birth a baby” – despite evidence that shows caesareans are more risky for both mother and baby. One in three Australian women now has a caesarean, with research showing the escalation has been driven largely by the mother’s request.