Health

Mom Pushes Back Against Common C-Section Misconceptions in Viral Post

May 16th 2017

By:
Kyle Fitzpatrick

No matter how it’s done, having a baby can be a difficult process.

Before getting pregnant, issues like infertility can hamper a family from getting started. And after the baby’s arrived? One has to be concerned about mental health matters like postpartum depression. There is no easy button for babies — and that’s why one woman is going viral.

Olivia White is getting real about how hard having a C-section can be for a woman — and people are loving it.

White is a mother of two and blogs her experiences on her website House Of White. She recently posted a photo of herself after having a C-section, revealing the recent scar and stitches she received in the process.

“Look I know it might not be my best angle,” White wrote in the caption. “This is what you really look like a few hours post c-section...To anyone who thinks it's the easy way out, we'll try having a 6 inch gash in your abdomen like a gutted shark.”

On Facebook, the photo has gotten nearly 4,000 reactions and 1,000 shares. It’s also attracting a lot of attention on Instagram, too.

Reactions to the photos have echoed how difficult but necessary C-sections can be for both mom and baby.

Many women commented mostly positively about their own experiences with C-sections, noting similarities and that they wouldn't changed the process since it brought their child into the world.

“If it wasn't for the ability to deliver my babies this way they might not be here today,” White recalled in her post, finding a common experience with other mothers. “Plus I recon getting cut from A to B sounds way worse.”

Contrary to the debate on natural birth versus C-sections, the latter is not an easy way out of birth — and that's why doctors are recommending it less and less.

C-section births — short for “cesarean,” named after the surgical method that Julius Caesar's mother needed — are actually on the decline. Birth by C-section has been dropping and currently account for 32 percent of all American births across all maternal age groups, as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) noted in January.

The drop could be attributed to the obstetrics community actively working to reduce C-sections that were not needed for medical reasons. The effort hopes to discourage C-sections as the technique can be employed too prematurely in the labor process and enables further occurrence of the technique in future births.

Another reason why C-sections shouldn't become a habit? They're complex surgeries.

This drop is good news because, as White and commenters note, C-sections are take a huge toll on the body: they are major surgical procedures that come with their own risk factors and complications.

The reason why C-sections are conducted can be attributed to complications with the baby — like in the child being in a complicated position or lacking oxygen — or complications with the mother, such as misplaced placenta, a previously existing condition like high blood pressure, or weight gain.

The drop could be attributed to the obstetrics community actively working to reduce C-sections that were not needed for medical reasons. The effort hopes to discourage C-sections as the technique can be employed too prematurely in the labor process and enables further occurrence of the technique in future births.

As White’s story suggests, there's no easy way to have a child.

"It's like you've been hit by a bus," White said of her experience. "Which then backed over you just to make sure it didn't miss you the first time!"

Read the mom's full post below.


[H/T HuffPost]