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Feb162008

Christina Aguilera's Fears Disclosed

Don't I sound like a celebrity newshound?

Christina gave several interviews (or one that was spread around the world, but paid her money to say they interviewed her personally) and in it, she explains her reasons for having a PLANNED 37 WEEK CESAREAN.

I'm sitting here shaking my head, wondering who educates these people? Don't they have someone who has some statistical knowledge explaining things to them? I just don't get it.

In part (emphasis mine):

Christina Aguilera's Son Changed Her Life

I didn’t want any surprises,” she told People mag of the week 37 decision to go under the knife to have Max. “I’d heard horror stories about [vaginal] tearing. I had heard horror stories of women going in and having to have an emergency C-section [anyway].

I really wanted a calm and peaceful environment. The hardest part was deciding on his birthday. I wanted to leave it up to fate, but at the same time I was ready to be done early!

The C-section was “more painful than she thought [it would be]” and a “sore” Christina had to stay in the hospital for four days.

(end)

I wonder if she knew she might be surprised with an accidentally nicked bladder? A baby whose face could be scarred for life? A hemorrhage that could kill her? I wonder if she knows the "surprise" that she might have serious issues ever having a baby again? That she could have major complications during a subsequent pregnancy because of the cesarean "choice" she made? I wonder if anyone explained to her the nerves that were severed might never re-connect again and that she might not feel sensation for years and years, if ever.

I wonder if anyone bothered to tell her the physiologic benefits of a baby being born vaginally - AND TERM.

It's just sad to me that someone with such a high profile can (possibly) influence others to "cut to the chase" and schedule early cesareans. "Christina did it! I want to have my baby NOW, too!"

I can just hope someone in her sphere tells her about VBAC and she goes on to have a glorious, high-profile VBAC - shouting it from the rooftops!

I can always dream.

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Reader Comments (17)

I'm glad to see her talking about breastfeeding though. I was saddened by the Csection, but I saw a picture after birth and it was VERY apparent she was breastfeeding. :) I just wish she'd talk about that more.

February 16, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterthordora

It is very odd that she would schedule at 37 weeks with no medical indication. Perhaps to prevent stretch marks? Hmmmm... I imagine they did an amnio to check for lung maturity.

I think the evidence shows that if a woman only plans one or two children, the risks of elective c-section are small, although a section with no medical indication whatsoever would not be my choice.

February 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterErica

Thank you for talking about this. I was pissed off when I read this in People magazine, and I was hoping someone would talk about it. It really bugged me, and to top it all of, she's got herself a baby nurse, so the only time she really has to see the baby is when she's breastfeeding.

February 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

it should be illegal to take a baby at 37 weeks absent a medical reason for it.

February 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterNOLABarb

And they say homebirth is just a "trend". I went a looked that word up, this is the definition I found:

Trendy-Informal of or in the latest style, or trend; very fashionable; faddish

That definition better describes scheduled C-Section, in my opinion.

February 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAubrey

Hmmm... a c-section followed by a 4 day hospital stay... for anyone but a celebrity those would be some really scary medical bills!

This early elective cesarean trend makes me ill.

February 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLani

If you scroll to the bottom of the article there's a link about her "post baby curves". There are pictures there of CA just 3 weeks after the c-section. She doesn't look happy. See how she slumps? That's the "section slump". It hurts to stand up straight because it pulls on your incision site.

February 16, 2008 | Unregistered Commentervbacwarrior

And homebirth is what's trendy?

Give me a break. You are a voice of reason amongst many crazy ones. I loved your Chicken Little post too, BTW.

February 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMommy Dearest

What kills me is the ACOG's latest statement on homebirth being "trendy" or "the latest cause celebre" and how birth choices should not be influenced by that, yet this elective C-section trend is wholeheartedly supported by them. Insane.

February 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

HeHe... not sure many people read "Chicken Little!" *laughing*

Thanks. :)

*I* liked it!

February 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterNavelgazing Midwife

On the other side of the spectrum, Brenda Frese, coach of the NCAA Maryland Women's basketball team (my favorite NCAA team of all time), gave birth to twin boys today. Sources say "naturally."

February 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterEmory Student Midwife

I'm with you, I wish we knew what kind of info she really received about the benefits of natural childbirth vs the risks of a "elective" C-section. Those two words look like an oxymoron to me... all I can think is that the MD who did this needs to have his license suspended or revoked. C-sections are not like boob jobs or liposuction... people should not be able to choose that type birth over vaginal anymore than they can choose to have a limb amputated or a lung removed just because that's what they want. I know everyone can just see me rolling my eyes and sighing now...
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February 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

LP; Thanks for the info!!! Posting it now.

February 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterNavelgazing Midwife

To the Anonymous above,

get over yourself! Stop playing God! You have no right to tell other people what they should do with their bodies, especially when they pay the bill themselves!
Please check the tokophobia thread before you make your silly and stupid judgments next time. It's people like you who make this world a sad place.

February 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous from oversaes

So glad to see someone addressing this scary Hollywood trend. Thank heavens that most people don't have the kind of money that it takes to hire a Dr. with those kind of ethics!

February 29, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterThe Beardsleys

I'm late to the game here, but I initially found this blog by googling "tokophobia." I find it ironic that having covered the subject, you find it so shocking and criminal that Christina Aguilera would have a c-section. The bottom line is that you are not her and you HAVE NO IDEA how she felt about childbirth. Stop judging.

April 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I don't have a problem with elective cesareans IF the mother has informed consent. But I highly doubt CA was informed of all of the risks of a c/s if she thought vaginal tearing was the greater risk.

However, I don't think elective c-sections should be performed almost an entire month early! Also I don't think insurance companies should cover elective c-sections.

March 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterErin

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