Karabo Mokoena
Content producer
6 minute read
8 May 2019
12:00 pm

Vaginal delivery versus C-section delivery

Karabo Mokoena

The recommended rate for C-sections is 10-15%, in South Africa, 26% of children born, are born via C-section. Why is it so high and why does it matter?

It took me becoming a mother to understand the depth and intricacies of childbirth. Initially, I did not get it – and I imagine a lot of people don’t. This is why people are so easy to weigh childbirth on a “how did you deliver your baby” scale. When posed with the question: “Did you have a natural birth?”, my response is always “well, I had a vaginal delivery if that’s what you mean?” To me, that question categorizes a Caesarean section (C-section) birth as non-natural. So, a woman naturally carried a human being for nine months, then, because she...