In an online community I take part in, a fellow mom replied to a someone's inquiry about choosing an elective c-section over a VBAC with this response:
"I have never seen compelling evidence that vbac is safer than a repeat c-section - that is an opinion not a fact. In fact, most doctors will not do vbacs because they are not considered safe. Repeat c-section still seems to be the prevelant recommendation. (Some will say "because it is convenient for doctors." Yeah - because they are ALL selfish monsters? I don't think so, but that's my opinion.)
The body is meant to give birth, yes. However, labor was the leading cause of death for women before the advent of the c-section. When they are medically necessary, they save lives of women and babies. With the technology we have today, it is possible to have a planned c-section for medical reasons. Thank God!"
I responded with this:
"You are grossly misinformed about VBAC. You should NOT give advice to someone based on your opinon and not based on research. Want some compelling info on VBAC? Here ya go:
I could keep going, but I think you may get the point.
Have you been through an UNWANTED c-section because of a doctor pushing you in to it when it wasn't truly medically necessary? If not, you cannot imagine what it feels like to be passionate about changing your birth options."
It is frustrating to me that people so carelessly influence others in to thinking a c-section is no big deal. Her information is wrong, plain and simple.
P.S. Sorry about the formatting. It messed up when I copied and pasted from the other website.