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Perth: Caesarean Capital of Australia

Posted by: Paul Entwistle | 9 January, 2013 - 2:00 PM
Perth: Caesarean Capital

According to one childbirth educator, a private hospital in Perth is now forcing women to book an epidural before going into labour, removing any choice the woman may have during the actual birth.

Pip Wynn Owen spoke to Rod Tiley about why private hospitals are to blame for the city's title 'Caesarean Capital of Australia'.

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  • Honestly, I think that some of Pipâ??s comments were rather patronizing but also lacking in understanding. For example, talking about â??education and educatingâ?? in a way that implies that women who choose a cesarean have only done so due to lack of proper information (this is on her website too). Also, talking about the need to 'get on top of' tokophobia because birth is 'really not something to be feared' is not very empathetic at all. Yes, some women appreciate counseling and want to be helped to prepare for labor, but many more are completely satisfied with planning a cesarean and in fact feel comparatively little, if any, fear with this birth plan. As for the issue of pre-booking an epidural, while this may not be the preferred route for all women, itâ??s worth sparing a thought for the (too) many women in other countries who are denied adequate pain relief in labor, and are at the mercy of an anesthetist being available (or a midwife/doctor agreeing to even contact an anesthetist) when they request it.
    Pauline Hull,
    Co-author of Choosing Cesarean, A Natural Birth Plan (Prometheus Books 2012)

    Pauline Hull Monday 14 January, 2013 - 10:32 PM

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