Stories: C-sections

  • Brazil’s Cesarean Section Problem

    This is the third post in a blog series called “Expectations" written by deputy editor of global health Marissa Miley. Expecting a child herself, Miley is reporting in Brazil to better understand how women experience pregnancy and childbirth. Read Part I and Part II. My doctor has not yet broached the topic of my baby...

  • Why Most Brazilian Women Get C-Sections

    A newborn lies in an incubator at the Perinatal Clinic in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, after birth via cesarean section. Photo: Felipe Dana/AP When Ivana Borges learned she was pregnant, she told her obstetrician that she wanted a natural birth. Her mother had delivered five children without surgery or medication, and Borges wanted to follow her example. But...

  • Inside a War on Natural Birth: C-Sections as Status Symbol and ‘Choice’ as a Myth

    Adelir Carmen Lemos de Goés just wanted a natural birth. Already a 29-year-old mother of two, she had a trained attendant assisting her; she had a healthy pregnancy. Adelir was perfectly willing to give birth in a hospital; she just prefered to avoid surgery. But the hospital, like so many hospitals here in Brazil and elsewhere, thought...