Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Medical needs

Should  women have a choice about caesarian delivery (regardless of need?)

1 comment:

Carolyn Del Vecchio said...

I actually do think women should be able to choose caesarian section regardless of need. We are discussing similar issues in my Bioethics class and I think it's a question of the level of patient autonomy. A doctor could present to the woman "this is not the best option for your body, it's unnecessary surgery, etc.", but at the end of the day I think it should be the woman's choice. There are lots of "unnecessary surgeries" performed for much more (in my opinion) trivial reasons than not wanting to go through natural childbirth, for instance getting a boob or nose job. I would be down for natural childbirth all day long, but there is so much controversy in reproductive health right now, I think that since this one isn't a matter of life and death for the baby and/or mother, it would be a good one to avoid a lot of debate over at this time, we have a lot of other hot debates over reproduction that need our attention. At the end of the day, I guess I go much more for an informative doctor-patient model than a paternalistic or deliberative doctor-patient model. What if there was a woman who really wanted to have her own kids, but was terrified of childbirth? Let the lady have a kid.