Plenty of Twitter users were eager to give their two cents on Kate’s comments, blasting her for stating a C-section is lazy.
The 38-year-old actress has two sons, Ryder, 13 (with ex-husband Chris Robinson) and Bingham, 6 (with former fiancée Matt Bellamy). Per Us Weekly, she reportedly delivered Bingham vaginally, but with Ryder she had a C-section.
Kate is, of course, entitled to her own opinion about natural births versus cesarean, but the backlash she received for calling her first delivery “lazy” brings up the on-going controversy surrounding delivering via a C-section.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, C-sections account for 32 percent of births in the United States. Yet still, there is a major stigma surrounding them, even though they are often not optional for mothers. “When you need a section, you need a section,” says Mary Jane Minkin, M.D., Clinical Professor, Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences Yale School of Medicine.
There are many medical cases when having a baby naturally isn't an option, and surgery is all you can do. Minkin, who supports C-sections in such situations, says they could include failure to progress in labor, a baby that's too large to be delivered vaginally, the baby being in breech position, or placenta previa (which comedian Jenny Mollen has been vocal about experiencing during her second pregnancy).
“If you have to have a section, one should never be ashamed. The woman is doing what is safest for her baby,” says Minkin, who adds that having a C-section doesn’t necessarily prevent you from delivering vaginally the next time, either. “There should never be any shame.”
While Minkin doesn't believe there should be any stigma surrounding a C-section, she also advises against opting in to the procedure if it's not medically necessary.
“The reason is that a section is surgery, and one can develop scar tissue from it (like adhesions of the intestines),” she says. “There is also a higher risk of infections (endometritis) after the baby." What's worse, she explains, you increase your chances of placenta accrete—a placenta that will not separate from the uterus. "Sometimes the placenta is so stuck that you need to do an emergency hysterectomy, or even worse, the woman can bleed to death if her placenta won't separate and she starts haemorrhaging before you can do the emergency hysterectomy.”