Essays in Developmental Psychology
Randall Summers, Charles Golden, Lisa Lashley, & Erica Ailes
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There are various approaches to childbirth, apart from the typical approach of vaginal delivery (e.g., typically done in a hospital). Another approach is a cesarean, which can classified as either an emergency or planned procedure. In the case where an emergency cesarean is needed a vaginal birth would have been detrimental to health of the mother and/or the fetus. A planned cesarean is requested ahead of time due to medical indication or requested by the mother. When requested by the mother the delivery is considered an elective surgical procedure, since it was requested without any medical or obstetrical indication. Cesareans by maternal request have become more common recently around the globe. Some reasons for this increase can be because of cultural factors, the changing attitudes of mothers and clinicians, fear of giving birth (i.e., tocophobia).or for convenience of scheduling.
cesarean, cesareans by maternal request, childbirth approaches, elective surgical procedure, planned cesarean, vaginal delivery, women’s reproductive rights
Lashley, L. K.,
Golden, C. J.
(2020). Childbirth Approaches. Essays in Developmental Psychology.
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