Bhubaneswar, December 19 (LocalWire): The propensity of expecting women to opt for a caesarian section in large numbers instead of going through the process of natural birth is leading to the creation of a wrong society.
This view was expressed at the 6th state conference of the Society of Midwives in India (SOMI) held at a private university here on Wednesday.
“Today’s community sees childbirth as a problem and mothers don’t realize the joy of giving birth.
We are creating a wrong society,” SOMI founder M Prakasamma said at the conference that focused on the “Current Breakthroughs in the Field of Maternal and Child Care.”
Prakasamma, who attended the conference as a special guest, said that young women were not prepared to go through normal childbirth leading to an abnormally large number of caesarian sections being conducted all over the country.
“Today caesarian section has become the new normal,” she said.
Urging a large number of nursing students attending the conference to be ambassadors for a natural birth and buck the trend, she said that all women must understand that there “is a great deal of pleasure and partnership (with the husband) in giving birth.”
“There is a need for renaming the labour rooms in hospitals where women are admitted for confinement as birthing centres. Most babies can be born naturally though there may be exceptions.
We need not change the nature,” Prakasamma stated.
Her views were supported by eminent neuro-surgeon Prof Ashok Kumar Mahapatra who described the caesarian section as one of the most unethical practices.
“It is often doctor driven and finance-driven and we are thereby legalising caesarian section,” Mahapatra stated, adding that, “we perhaps think we are modernised and cannot encounter pain. There appears to be no feeling, no understanding.”
Speaking on the occasion, the guest of honour Dr Sushil Kumar Kar, Director (Nursing) with the state government, said that physiological marking should be the norm for normal delivery of a baby.
Stating that the number of caesarian sections had increased over the years, Kar urged nurses, midwives and gynaecologists to help check this trend.
“Nurses have a great role to play at all levels to ensure both the mother and babies are healthy,” he said, adding that there was a plan to fill up around 6,000 posts of nurses in the state for which the government approval was awaited.
Mahapatra also said that doctors must work in Public Health Centres to learn. “If you don’t learn there, you cannot learn anywhere,” he stated.