Next up in my “What the fuck” series is ABC’s “AM” programme.
Today’s show was titled “Caesarean rates surge“. [emphases are mine]
Tony Eastley’s introduction:
The number of pregnant women requesting caesareans for psychological or social reasons has increased by 50 per cent over the past ten years, according to a new health report.
The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare says 2,500 women opted for the procedure last year for ‘psycho-social’ reasons.
Obstetricians say the big increase has a lot to do with vanity.
Rachel Brown then interviewed obstetrician Dr David O’Callaghan, who had this to say:
RACHAEL BROWN: Why do you think they prefer caesareans?
DAVID O’CALLAGHAN: Oh first of all I’d say we’re dealing with very small percentage of women in this case […]
RACHAEL BROWN: Do you hear of many women requesting a caesarean for vanity reasons?
DAVID O’CALLAGHAN: In my experience what people term the concept of being ‘too posh to push’ is exceptionally rare. I’ve only heard a mere handful of women ever ask for that.
So who are these “obstetricians” who “say the big increase has a lot to do with vanity”? That wasn’t a massive handwave that was actually the complete opposite of the actual datum presented, was it?
I don’t suppose anyone in the MSM wants to take a look at the actual reasons behind the massive increase in surgical birth? And the reasons why popular culture wants to blame women?