C-Section is a procedure that is steeped in all kinds of myths, half-truths, and social stigma - and now it's time to dispel some of these harmful misconceptions!
C-Section babies are less healthy
As C-Section babies do not pass through the birth canal during delivery, they acquire less of their mothers' gut bacteria, which leads many to believe that they will be less healthy. However, research has shown that the difference in gut bacteria disappears after 6 to 9 months.1
C-Section babies are less smart
While a common belief, multiple studies have repeatedly shown that there is no difference in intelligence between babies born via C-section and babies born naturally.2
You will never be able to have a natural birth after a C-Section
Once a C-Section, always a C-Section? Not true. It is possible for the majority of women to have a natural delivery after a previous C-Section3, and Vaginal Birth After C-Section (VBAC) is even supported by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists4.
C-Section is the easy way out
No matter what others say about how C-Section is an easy way out of labour and childbirth, it isn't. Many C-Sections are carried out as a result of a protracted labour or labour complications, and being a major surgery, a C-Section delivery also results in a longer and more painful recovery, so it isn't necessarily ‘easier' than vaginal birth.5
C-Section deliveries aren't better or worse than natural deliveries - they are just different procedures for different labour circumstances, and what is most important isn't the method of delivery, but the safety of both mother and baby. So if your doctor advises for a C-Section, remember that it is for the best for both you and your baby.
And after your C-Section, don't forget to treat your scar with Dermatix® Ultra to minimise the scarring!