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Some stories are already up on the web in a more complete form elsewhere; with the mother's permission, Kmom has linked to these sites and urges readers to click on the link and read the more complete story.Big moms do have a higher cesarean rate, though many are probably unnecessary.Although larger women currently DO have higher c/s rates, it is NOT a given that a large women must have a c/s.In fact, midwifery studies show that even with bias and emotional baggage and complications, the MAJORITY OF LARGE WOMEN STILL HAVE NORMAL VAGINAL BIRTHS MOST OF THE TIME.common practice of inducing large women early so the babies will be smaller (a practice shown in medical research to actually increase the c/s rate instead of decreasing it).Studies show that large women are induced at higher rates than average-sized women, and often are not given the same chances at Vaginal Birth After Cesarean that average-sized women may get, resulting in more repeat c-sections.

They often face a world hostile to the idea of larger women having romance, let alone having sex or giving birth!

Most childbirth books are full of dire warnings about being pregnant at a larger size, and these horror stories and warnings tend to lead large women not to expect a normal birth.

Some research also suggests that larger women have a higher rate of being abused (especially sexually) which could also easily increase the c/s rate as well.

Large women also suffer size prejudice; there are OBs that force their fat patients to sign elective c/s permission forms early in pregnancy long before it could possibly be justified as 'necessary', who berate their fat patients over any pound gained or tell them to lose 40 lbs.

while pregnant, or tell their fat patients they will have a heart attack and die during labor (yes, these are true stories! Or the size prejudice can be somewhat subtle, from doctors expecting that you WILL develop complications (often a self-fulfilling prophecy), to treating you as ultra high-risk or telling you that you'll probably not deliver vaginally anyway, etc.

They tend to have somewhat higher rates of complicating conditions that often result in c-sections (pre-eclampsia, gd, PCOS which often results in pre-eclampsia or gd, etc.).

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