This is, of course, an imagined conference. I’m sure if big OB conferences happen they don’t have cartoonists give speeches, or “facilitate dialogues”, or rabble rouse. But, wouldn’t it be cool to ask them en masse, is a 100% cesarean rate the goal? really?
The is from a discussion Dr. Lisa and Jillian had on the Doctors the other day. Which is worse, Natural Birth or Cesarean? This is not a show I generally watch, they would need a holistic crunchy-granola healer and a midwife added to their cast to make it close to palatable for me. I’m thinking the odds of that happening are nil. And frankly, when I heard the name Dr. Lisa was bad-mouthing natural birth I thought everyone was talking about another Dr. Who-Will-Not-Be-Named who is prone to the same thing, so come to find out there’s two. Which means they’re multiplying, like a horror movie.
Mama says, “A story in the news that says China has the hightest c-section rate in the world. News story says it’s likely because of money…A normal birth costs less ta $100, a c-section about $400. Of COURSE it’s the money.”
fast forward a week
Mama says, “A news story says the US c-section rate has risen to an all-time high. Of course no one in America knows WHY the rate is so high, but they suspect…oh how they suspect…
…That there’s either something wrong with women’s bodies OR that women are just asking for it.”
Mama asks, “Isn’t that convenient?”
This came from a news article a friend sent me (thanks Julia!) here: New Baby Delivery Strategies Help to Cut Health Costs I foundthe article maddening on a few different levels, I think about 4 more comics are coming! ……
This comic is related to this comic: that was the past, right?
Mama: Here it is…Indubitable, “39-weeks!” Crammed flippantly into the fourth paragraph in an article on health costs. “39-weeks!” It’s something we knew, or suspected…”full!” but to see it spelled out. tsk tsk. “births induced after a full 39-week pregnancy to births induced one to two weeks early…”
“a full 39-week pregnancy”
Look it up: first births average 41 weeks, 1 day. That’s a 15 day discrepency!
Know what that means?
If you birth in a hospital and you don’t get induced it’s a freaking miracle.