The LA Times has a long article on the increasing popularity of C-sections in general and scheduled C-sections in particular. Although the complications, risks and benefits of various types of birth are still being studied, the Times generally makes the case for the pick-a-date approach, and it does it in a way that Angelenos can really understand: by comparing it to a boob job. "I think if somebody can decide to step into a plastic surgeon's office and have her breasts enhanced [says the medical director of UCLA's perinatal unit,] she can have an elective C-section."
After all, it's the complications you know, right? The fact that 80% of birth complication-related malpractice suits involve physician-driven C-section decisions--like opting against it and waiting too long for it--is just a coincidence.
[If you're still on the fence, they trot out that greatest of all LA fears: old age. Because while there's not really definitive evidence, some urogynecologists believe that vaginal births are the cause of... anal leakage in women in their 50's and 60's. But only when they laugh. And then they stop exercising [and, presumably, watching funny movies.] Your call.
When 'natural' seems too risky [lat]