Many women identified with Katy Clemens, the mother I interviewed for the article who said she felt “bullied” to have a planned cesarean after doctors inaccurately predicted she was carrying a large baby.
Emily Malstrom said her doctor also pressured her into having a planned C-section after a scan predicted a 10-pound baby. The doctor “told me my baby could die, used every scare tactic out there,” Ms. Malstrom said.
Chandra Dash, a Baltimore mother, whose baby was predicted to weigh 9 pounds, said doctors told her “I would probably kill my baby if I tried a natural birth.”
Alexandra Harper of Northampton, Mass., said her doctor determined the baby would be larger than expected while she was in labor. She recalled being told “they would only give me 30 more minutes to try and push the baby out and then I would have to get a section. They didn’t present it as a choice to me.”
She had a cesarean, and the baby was of average size, she said.