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Tuesday
Jan312012

Mother of Nearly 14-Pound Baby Said No to Drugs to Avoid C-Section

Photodisc/Thinkstock(DES MOINES, Iowa) -- The Iowa mother who gave birth to a nearly 14-pound baby with no surgery or medication says she chose to deliver naturally rather than undergo a C-section.

"We just wanted to avoid any unnecessary procedures," Kendall Stewardson said Tuesday on ABC's Good Morning America. "We decided to fight for that [a natural delivery] because we wanted to try to lower my chances of getting a C-section."

When Stewardson and her husband, Joshua, made that pledge ahead of the birth of their second son, little did they know he would break a record.

Asher Stewardson was born last Thursday at Mercy Medical Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa, weighing 13 pounds, 13 ounces, making him the biggest naturally born baby the hospital had ever recorded.

Mercy officials say only a tenth of one percent of all newborns weigh more than 11 pounds at birth.

Stewardson delivered Asher after six hours of labor but just six minutes of pushing, all without the aid of an epidural or any other drug.

"We were just really blessed that God enabled my body to be able to do this well," Stewardson said on GMA, alongside Joshua, Asher and the couple's other son, Judah.

"It went really fast," she said.  "Six hours is something no one can complain about."

When Judah was born 15 months ago, he weighed in at more than 12 pounds, and was also delivered naturally.

While Asher has continued to gain even more weight in the week since his nearly 14-pound birth, his parents said, his mother has been able to quickly drop her pregnancy pounds.

"Apparently when your babies are so big, you don't have any [weight]," Stewardson said on GMA.  "You don't get to keep it."

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Monday
Jan092012

Beyonce Says Birth Was ‘Natural,’ Despite Caesarian Reports

Jemal Countess/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Royal pop/rap couple Beyonce and Jay-Z issued a statement Monday that she had given birth “naturally” to daughter Blue Ivy on Jan. 7. But initial reports from TMZ prompted Internet buzz over questions about whether a Caesarian birth had been planned.

Some asked: “Is natural childbirth extinct?” with C-sections at an all-time high in the United States.

Today, one in every three babies in the U.S. is born by Caesarean section -- about 32.3 percent, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Center for Health Statistics. The rate rose by 53 percent between 1996 and 2007 alone.

“Hello Hello Baby Blue,” said the official statement from the couple late Monday. “We are happy to announce the arrival of our beautiful daughter, Blue Ivy Carter … Her birth was emotional and extremely peaceful, we are in heaven. She was delivered naturally at a healthy 7 lbs and it was the best experience of both of our lives."

Early speculation began because more women -- not just those who are at high risk -- are choosing to schedule a Caesarian rather than waiting for labor to begin. It is often called the “Posh push,” so named for Victoria “Posh Spice” Beckham, who with her husband soccer legend David Beckham, had four children by planned C-section.

Women say a C-section is more convenient, less painful and prevents vaginal stretching. Some also opt for a tummy tuck after surgery.

The medical term for this is “delivery on maternal request,” according to Dr. Vincenzo Berghella, director of maternal fetal medicine at Thomas Jefferson Hospital in Philadelphia. “It’s not a new phenomenon -- it’s been going on for years.”

Only about 10 percent of American women choose to have a Caesarian this way, and the rate is far higher in countries like Italy and Brazil, where the C-section rate is almost 90 percent of all births,  according to Berghella.

“Women don’t want to mess their bodies up,” he said.

“Like anything else, it has possible consequences and risks,” said Berghella. “If you were a 40-year-old or older woman having just one baby, having one C-section and not planning any more babies is not that unreasonable because the problem with doing a C-section just for the sake of doing it, you have a lot more risk to both the mother and baby.”

It’s not only expectant mothers, but doctors who favor Caesarians. In a study published in 2011 in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 29 percent of doctors polled said they were performing more C-sections because they feared lawsuits. Traditional births can lead to more complications than a C-section procedure.

But the trend has alarmed some medical professionals who say C-sections are more likely to cause problems that put the mother in the hospital -- and the baby in intensive care.

A condition called placenta accreta, which can kill both mother and baby, is on the rise in the U.S., largely because of the increase in C-sections.

Once a rare event that affected 1 in 30,000 pregnant women in the 1950s and 1960s, placenta accreta now affects 1 in 2,500 pregnancies, according to a 2007 report in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. In some hospitals, the number is as high as 1 in 522.

A Caesarian, or any kind of surgery, including an abortion or a D & C, can destroy that layer, allowing the placenta to invade the body cavity.

“There is a chance of needing a transfusion and even losing the uterus to bleeding and much more a chance of infection and even dying of it,” said Berghella.

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