Here in the United States, the C-section rate is over 30%! In actuality (in my local area) it is between 45 and 50%!
This is ridiculous, ladies. There is absolutely NO way that half of all babies are required to be cut out of a mother's womb. This is a dangerous trend that has long-term detrimental effects for both mother and baby.
I recently was talking to a nurse friend of mine who has worked with many laboring patients. I told her about my labor & delivery experience--that I was pushing for over 4 hours (not fun). She quickly told me, "You would have been sectioned" (given a Cesarean section).
"WHY?" I asked. "My son was born just fine and healthy... I too had no complications."
"Well... I don't know... Moms get tired with all of that pushing..."
Granted, my friend here isn't the expert in this area; I would have gotten a (hopefully) more definitive answer from a physician. Regardless, I was stunned by the curt response... and SO thankful that I birthed naturally in the comfort of my home! Yes, it was long and very difficult.. and yes, I was extremely tired. But that is no reason for my body to be cut open and robbed of a natural birth experience.