Last evening, at a rather successful fundraising/community awareness event in Gainesville, one woman stood up to say that she's had three cesareans and she doesn't need a ribbon to mark her or anything else. She's fine and cesareans don't have to be a bad thing.
After rehashing why she might have felt the need to do this, it all comes down to the fact that she's right. She doesn't need a ribbon. She's scarred for life, three times. She's going to spend the rest of her life being a statistic with higher risks. Her future insurance companies might deny her for coverage, her future doctors might refuse to take her if she doesn't agree to surgery (regardless of medical condition or health), her risks for hysterectomy, adhesions, bowel obstructions. More surgery. She may or may not wind up with more health problems, but the risks are certainly weighed in favor of it. Enough said.
But she missed the point. Cesarean Awareness is not about branding anyone. It's about being aware of those risks, doing what we can to mitigate the risks, doing what we can to prevent cesareans, doing what we can to encourage women to healthy pregnancies and healthy births that don't end in surgery or if they have surgery, learning new ways to help make these risks lessened.
I don't wear my ribbon to remind ME I had a cesarean, I wear my ribbon to bring attention to the risks and to bring attention to the fact that EVERY childbearing woman should know what I know. She should have informed consent. She should be angry that MORE THAN 1/3 of all births are surgical. She should be livid that women are having to go home after major abdominal surgery and care for their infants alone.
There should be change and for all that this woman was trying to show she's ok on the outside, it's the same old ruse of the cesarean. It's what's on the inside that counts.