Sections rates..

****Dood, I think I just got blasted for saying that an 8lb 11oz babie is not huge at all, and just at the high end of average…someone came back and said that it’s not normal it’s quite large..**

January 2010 Babies group.. 

20 babies born to date-15 sections. 
WOW! This is unlike anything I have ever experienced.
Today’s says she was told her son was to big to delivery vaginally and he might die if she tried. He was 8lbs 110z and 22 inches long.??
On the flipside she said her platelets were low and her blood pressure high, which could indicate pre-eclampsia, she dosen’t seem to know this though and is saying the ’emergency’ section was cause of his size.  Anyways, I don’t know all the details, but I am just saying, this rate is something else.

Re: the size thing-Evan was 8lbs 11oz and 21 inches long, I am just barely 5’2 and not a massive girl and had him quite easily. My mom was even smaller then me and my brother was damn near 10lbs, same, no problem delivery. I just hate the size argument.

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Posted on January 14, 2010, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 17 Comments.

  1. LOL my VBA2C baby was 9lbs2oz 8-8.5 is average, which means there are lots above and lots below. That statistic is not suprising the c-section rate globally is around 40-45% at the moment I think.

  2. ugh. Why would someone not even TRY to have a vaginal birth if they think the baby is “big”? I cant stand it when people dont even TRY

  3. Have you seen The Business of Being Born?

  4. I’d imagine it depends on the hips, too. The wider the hips, the easier the birth.
    Though I’ve never had baby, so I have no comparison. This is simply a hypothesis.

    • Honestly, I know it seems like would be the case, but it’s proven that is not the case and that it has more to do with the way baby is possitioned in the hips/pelvis. A well engaged normal facing baby can get out nice and easy. Which is how teeny tiny girls have 10lb babies no problem. I however, have nice wide hips, and babies who like to hang out posterior, which means back of the head toward my back, and that is a bad possition for slidding out, and causes that terrible back labor, Evan was stuck in my pelvis and I needed forcepts to help slide him out, which likely would not have happened if he was turned.
      Evangeline is posterior to, so they have me doing exercises to try and talk her into turning around.

    • Nah, I have itsy bitsy tiny hips, I’m practically straight up and down, and my two kids were born amazingly easily.

  5. we’re in BIG trouble with regard to the way pregnancies and births are treated. BIG trouble.

    • It scares me because of the whole evolution factor.
      If women around the world stop having vaginal deliveries, and just rely of surgical deliveries, then eventually, maybe we just stop being able to altogether, another useless feature of our anatomy, ya know.
      Not to mention that cost and complications associated with a section norm??
      This is way worse then I ever experienced though. As I said above, I knew section rates were way higher then they should be…but here anyways, vaginal delivery is still the norm, with sections being the exception..that is not at all represented in the distribution of this group.

  6. Also, I’ve heard quite a few miscalculations from the u/s measurements. Dr’s say the baby’s going to be big and then is 6 or 7 lbs.

    • Yup, when I was 35 weeks pregnant with Evan, they guesstimated via ultrasound he was 8lbs already and they kept asking if I had gestational diabetes, and I didn’t.
      At 42 weeks he was born at 7 Lbs 11oz and 21 inches.

  7. When I was pregnant with Abi, my mom kept saying she thought I’d have to have a c-section, because I’m “tiny”. 9lbs 4oz later.. And Seb wasn’t much smaller, though he seemed it at the time.
    I don’t understand the size argument – it’s the head that is the main concern, as I understand it.

    • See your a great example..
      I honestly don’t know if it’s a Canada US thing or not, I can only comment that here, in Halifax, you cannot have an optional c-section, it’s not your choice, unless it’s a repeat section, and that there is no discussion about sections unless you have a true medical condition, like placenta previa that makes it dangerous for you to attempt a natural delivery.
      I think our rates are still higher then they need to be, but I do feel that most of the sections are pretty truly warranted.
      Also of all the people I know locally, in my circle, who have had babies, only 2 of like 40 have had sections, 1 had a breach baby, the other tried to delivery but her baby was in fact trapped in her pelvis and they had her change possitions and everything and he couldn’t get out, so they decided on an emergency section. When I had Evan, there were 8 of us at my workplace who had babies in 1 year and all 8 had vaginal deliveries..so HERE anyways, the norm is still vaginal delivery, so I thought that was the case everywere. I thought section rates were high, but in this particular group, I am shocked that they seem to be the norm??

  8. I attended a hospital birth once as a doula and we were guessing weights per the nurses request while everyone got ready for the pushing to begin and mom said 6 pounds, 5 ounces and dad said 7 pounds, 10 ounces. When the dad said his guess the nurse said something like “oh you’re horrible for guessing so big!” Then she asked what I thought and I said, “Well, I had a 7 pound, 13 ounce baby so you’ll probably hate what I have to say.”
    The baby was 7 pounds, 7 ounces and everyone was talking about how big he was…
    REALLY?
    At the birth center I volunteer at we have women pushing out 10 and 11 pound babies vaginally with not much more effort.

    • Exactly…I know lots of people who had big babies naturally, when I had Evan, I had a co-worker who was tiny tiny, like a size 2 and she had a 9lb daughter easily naturally, I remember being like high 5 girl.
      My mom was in labor with me for 24 hours and I was 8.7 lbs and 21 inches, then my brother was 9.4 and 22 inches, she was like 110 or something when she had us, she would have Deff. been a section these days, but in the 70’s in NB they did not do sections unless there was a medical emergency or serious need cause it was still considered major surgery.

  9. Blah, Noah was 8 pounds 10 ounces and Saige, bless her heart was 9 pnds 10…and neither of them got stuck THANK GOD! My little 7 pnd 5.5z is the one that got stuck and I “needed” a c-section with! HMPH

    • Because it has less to do with size and more to do with baby possitioning. Evan was posterior and so he got stuck in my pelvis as well and I had to have a forecepts assisted delivery..however he still made it out.
      NOW if he was alive, and his heart rate started dropping or something, then THAT would be an ok reason for a section, then at least I would know I had tried.

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