PREGNANCY AND CHILDBIRTH

9 Pregnancy Myths That Might Surprise You - Myth 8

By Temma Ehrenfeld @temmaehrenfeld
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November 09, 2017

Claim #8: If you have a big baby, you have to have a C-section

 

Response: Doctors can’t reliably judge how big a baby will be, research shows. If you’d rather deliver naturally, ask more questions. Whether a C-section or vaginal birth is better for you and the baby is a matter of dispute, but public health officials have been trying to keep down the increasing rate of C-sections for some time. Carol Sakala, director of programs for Childbirth Connection programs at the nonprofit National Partnership for Women & Families, argues that vaginal births are substantially safer for both babies and mothers.



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Updated:  

November 09, 2017

Reviewed By:  

Janet O’Dell, RN