I am a LCCE in MI and I have a question about OB's doing elective c/s for the "fear" of large babies. In my area of MI, it is quite common for elective inductions to be done for fear of large babies (even though we know it's not supported by research).
But over the past several months, I have been noticing some increasingly
disturbing findings about some local health providers. I've had about 3-4 women in my
recent classes who've emailed after their birth or have contacted me before
their labors to ask for help in talking to their OB's about how "not to have
a cesarean birth" because their doctors are worried that the babies might be too big. I definitely spend a good amount of time on this topic in
my classes but for some moms, it doesn't sink in until it happens to them.
My latest report is this....I have a mom who is due in a few
weeks and her OB "thinks" she'll have a 9-10 pound baby and so wants to
schedule a cesarean. This mom is coming to me for some advice. Because this
is getting so common in my area, I think it be great for me to compile a
stack of research that negates the use of scheduled c-sections just for the
"fear" of having a large baby.
I know ACOG released a statement about induction indications and "large
baby" is not on there, but do they have one about c-sections as well? I've
been on their sight and can't seem to find anything. I know there is info
out there but was wondering if anyone has specific citations that I could