Pregnant Women Everywhere Are Being Bullied Into Having C-Sections

A pregnant woman in Ireland who is is two weeks overdue, according to her records at Waterford Regional Hospital, was taken to High Court after refusing the C-section procedure recommended by hospital staff. The woman, who insists that her due date is actually March 18th, in contradiction with the medically-determined… » 3/09/13 5:45pm 3/09/13 5:45pm

C-Section Rates Vary Drastically Among U.S. Hospitals

Caesareans are the most common operation performed in the U.S., but according to a new study, the rates at which the procedure is performed varies widely—ranging from 7 percent of all deliveries to 70 percent of all deliveries—depending on the hospital. And it apparently has to do with the quality of care. » 3/05/13 12:00pm 3/05/13 12:00pm

Hospital Live Streams C-Section on Twitter, and It's Pretty Damn Cool

This week, a Texas hospital live-tweeted a scheduled caesarean section, from prep to aftermath, sharing information, photos of everything from the tools to the OR staff, and several (graphic) videos. It's the first fully comprehensive, interactive, live surgery of childbirth to be documented by a hospital staff. » 2/22/13 11:15am 2/22/13 11:15am

Baby Poop Could Be the Key to Understanding Conditions Like Asthma,…

Babies born via Cesarean section have a different set of microbes in their digestive tracts than those born vaginally, according to a study that investigated and compared the stool samples of infants. Previous studies have linked C-sections with a higher risk of asthma, obesity, and diabetes, but the reasons weren't… » 2/15/13 12:00pm 2/15/13 12:00pm

Woman Who Was Set Ablaze During Her C-Section Fails to Win a Lawsuit…

A woman named Kira Reed whose abdomen fucking caught fire during a c-section two years ago failed to win a negligence suit against her obstetrician after a jury in Onodaga County (that would be in New York) state Supreme Court ruled Thursday that Dr. Stephen Brown was not actually responsible for prepping the surgery. » 10/28/12 3:30pm 10/28/12 3:30pm

Nature Is Cruel: Women Who Are Afraid of Giving Birth Have Longer Labors

No matter how you slice it, childbirth is scary. You're trying to squeeze a pretty large baby head (and shoulders and the rest) through a pretty narrow channel (vagina!), and yes, in theory, your body is designed to do this and it will work—but what if it doesn't? We all know that practically every woman in labor is… » 6/27/12 10:00am 6/27/12 10:00am

Madonna's Nipple Was Actually Protesting Proposed Turkish Abortion Ban

When Madonna accidentally (maybe on purpose) flashed her nipple at the crowd during an Istanbul concert, the world asked Why? Now, it appears, we have answers: Madge's slip was designed to show solidarity with Turkish women as the country's government mulls a very restrictive abortion and C-section ban. Oh, ok. Yeah,… » 6/11/12 3:30pm 6/11/12 3:30pm

Rapidly Expanding Religious Hospitals Are Trying to Govern Ladyparts

Some of the nation's largest health networks are run by religious orders. Because of this, they invoke "conscience clauses" in refusing to provide birth control, perform abortions, or sterilize women who want a tubal ligation. But now, some states are attempting to block religious hospitals' expansion, saying their… » 2/21/12 4:15pm 2/21/12 4:15pm