Elective C-Sections: A Woman’s Choice Versus Safety?

by Leigh Ann Otte

Sometimes, a C-section is medically necessary. But what if it’s not and you want one anyway?

Some women schedule C-sections so they can have their baby on a certain date. Others do it because of fear for themselves or their child, says ob-gyn Annette Perez-Delboy in this week’s feature article. And those aren’t the only reasons. But are they good ones?

Some doctors say yes, a woman has the right to choose. Others disagree. They argue that elective C-sections—surgeries—are riskier for the mother and baby, so why have the option?

We asked two doctors to debate this issue. Here’s what they had to say. What do you think? You can weigh in below or at the bottom of the article itself.

Leigh Ann Otte is the managing editor of MyFamilyDoctorMag.com and a freelance writer, editor and blogger.

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