Breech Birth vs. C-Section

I just finished reading an interesting paper on Science Based Medicine. I enjoyed the article and the comments at the bottom. I find that when Dr. Amy Tuteur posts on SBM, there is often a storm of spirited conversation, which I assume is based largely on strong opinions on the topics she posts on (generally obstetrics). In this case, the article presents some statistics around vaginal breech childbirth versus c-section.

I don’t have an opinion on the topic per se, but I do believe in erring on the side of caution. But with my lack of knowledge on obstetrics and gynecology, I can’t say I’ve researched to find out the actual statistics around deaths and complications from either methods. I do know that breech is not fun, and that doctors generally try to do anything in their power to encourage a not-breech birth from turning the baby to c-section. But that hardly makes me an expert.

At any rate, I think it’s an interesting article and an interesting debate in the comments.

Jim

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Like a caterpillar that spins a coccoon and emerges as a walrus with a mohawk, Big Ugly Jim has become something unexpected. Raised a fine young Christian boy in the city of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Jim began to question his teachings, first evaluating the wisdom of other religious and eventually realizing that none of them seemed any more accurate than any other, and not a one of them made a lick of sense. Today, Big Ugly Jim is a musician, a Business Analyst with Large Oil Company Whose Name Is Not Important, a music promoter with the Calgary Beer Core, a writer of fiction and non-fiction, a prick, an atheist, a father, an ex-husband, a role model, a horrifying vision in a red speedo (or at least he would be, if ever that happened which IT WOULD NOT), an announcer, and soon to be an officiator of weddings. Also, he's nice and does dishes. Madly enamoured with his partner, The Lovely Lady, Jim continues to live in Calgary, spreading his filthy doctrine of free, critical thinking and appreciation for music. His turn-ons include and are utterly limited to all that is The Lovely Lady. His turn-offs include people being shitty to each other, fundamentalism, and zebras. Who the hell do they think they are, really?

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