Cesarean Sections are a sensitive, and somewhat controversial topic dependent on who you talk to. For some mothers, it was a life saving surgery to save them and their baby made at the last minute. For others, it was a choice for various reasons they decided to not have a natural labor (medical or personal, it was their choice).
For professionals, ob/gyns spend a lot of their training on learning to open a mother and get baby out in under 15 minutes for emergencies. And for other professionals like midwives, C-sections are to be avoided at all cost unless an emergency. In the United States, a third of babies are born by surgery. From a philosophical standpoint, it means it’s another way to be born.
There is no right or wrong answer to if you should look into a C-section if you follow the BRAIN assessment or another rational way of thinking this hard decision through (See my blog post on how I made a hard decision). BRAIN is an acronym for finding what is the best, informative decision you can make for yourself and baby.
B – Benefits
R – Risks
A – Alternatives
I – Intuition
N – Negotiation
By using the BRAIN acronym not only for C-section but for other childbirth interventions, you can be a powerful, confident mother in knowing yourself, knowing the pros and cons, and knowing how to talk to your healthcare providers constructively so that you both can reach a decision that balances your healthcare needs and rights as a human with the capabilities to choose your birth as best as possible.