Aishwarya Rai Had a Normal Childbirth: Is it Better to Push?

 
on November 19 2011 4:37 AM

Speculation that Aishwarya Rai had a Caesarean-section was laid to rest as Amitabh Bachchan revealed more details of the birth of his granddaughter on Nov. 16.

He refuted stories of a C-section and said Aishwarya's was a normal childbirth, without painkillers. Aishwarya and Abhishek became proud parents of a baby girl on Wednesday after the actress gave birth at the Seven Hills Hospital in suburban Andheri.

The often coined phrase ' too posh to push' was put to rest in her case .. she was determined to do it the way she felt was correct! he posted. Further he added, The media had already written about it and some did not know facts and printed wrong... said she had c-section .. so clarified it. Earlier there were reports in the media that Aishwarya had undergone a C-section.

The 38-year-old former Miss World has won accolades from various doctors of the city for her feat at a time when every fourth woman in Mumbai undergoes a C-section instead of a natural childbirth. A C-section should be done when it is not possible or safe for the mother to gave birth to the baby through the vagina.

C-section is a major surgical procedure that increases the likelihood of many types of complications for mothers and babies as compared to a vaginal birth. Short-term problems for mothers include increased risk of infection, surgical injury, blood clots, emergency hysterectomy, intense and longer-lasting pain, repeated hospital visits and poor overall functioning.

The fact that more and more women are opting for C-sections has become an international public health concern. The rates have increased from 5-7 percent in 1970 to 25-30 percent in 2010. In many cases, patients are not given the autonomy of decisionmaking as the health personnel play the key role in patients' decisions.

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