Now, before you go all kung-fu on me for using the word “fat”, please read on…
Much has been written about the alarming increase in the percentage of births delivered via cesarean section. Our Bodies Ourselves has just posted a new article that discusses the sky-high rate of cesarean births among women of size and provides concrete advice on how women can best increase their chances of having a vaginal birth.
The author, Pamela Vireday, a childbirth educator and size-acceptance activist who specializes in summarizing and analyzing the medical research on these issues, spoke with OBOB recently about the abundance of misinformation and attitudes toward women and obesity.
“A cesarean can be a wonderful and life-saving thing when it is needed, but to use it routinely adds many unnecessary risks, especially in obese women,” says Vireday. “Yet almost no one has been questioning the high cesarean rate in this group, or looking for ways to lower the cesarean rate.”