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these women show their doctors CPD was a farce: a video November 17, 2007

Posted by guinever in birth, health, home birth, homebirth, midwifery, pregnancy.
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Many cesareans are done because the doctor diagnoses CPD which stands for cephalopelvic disproportion. This means that the pelvis is too small to birth the baby or the baby’s head is too big for the pelvis or a little of both. The problem with this diagnosis is that it is proven incorrect when the woman goes on to birth a baby vaginally, often a bigger baby. Here is a slideshow of women who had a c-section for CPD and then later had a vaginal birth. For more information on this topic, read the article Can my baby be too big for my pelvis?

Let’s give a big thanks to icanvoices for posting this. For more information about cesarean, and vaginal birth after cesarean, go to International Cesarean Awareness Network.


1. Rose - March 12, 2009

Hello! I went to see my doctor this morning. It’s my 39 weeks due date in 9 days. He said the baby is big. If the baby still not coming out next week, I will be scheduled for induction leading to C-Section.
Is this really necessary? I never had a problem in my entire pregnancy no morning sickness, no problem with any food but the itch on my tummy which is normal.
I still want normal delivery but don’t know what to eat or do to induce my labor in a normal way.
Please help!

Rose, I think every woman should at least have a trial of labor unless you or the baby is in distress and surgery be determined to be the best option. Have confidence in your ability to give birth. You grew the baby and you can birth the baby. Please keep eating healthy for you and your baby. Keep yourself strong for your upcoming labor and birth. ~blessings, Guinever

2. Sherilee - November 11, 2008

I am said to be 40 weeks on Friday 14th November. My gynae is looking at doing a c-section. I see him on Monday. My baby is 3.7kg already and my cervix has not changed at all. No softening or any signs of delivery. We did have a scare of protein in the urine but a second test was negative and i have had no other symtoms or any problems at all during pregnancy.
I really want to deliver or at least try to deliver my baby naturally – this is my first. My gynae says he cant induce me either as the baby’s head is not low enough. I know dates can be out etc but is he worried because the baby is getting too big? My mom says her first thought when the baby was getting bigger is that the gynae would look at ceserean. i am 5ft6 and my normal weight is 56kg – i dont think size is always a problem, however i do not want to harm my baby in any way. Surely i can wait until any signs of distress before a cesear is done??

Sherilee, I’m so sorry that you find yourself in this situation where you are being pressured to schedule a c-section. I hope that you can give labor a try…it is your body and your pregnancy and your baby. Of course, you want what’s best for the baby.

I firmly believe that as long as mother and baby are healthy and everything is going good with the pregnancy, I think the best thing to do is just wait for labor to start on its own. ~birthing blessings, Guinever

3. karen - April 6, 2008

YO! My CPD baby is 18, and my hbac with a 2 in bigger head!! is 15. What a crock cpd is. Best, KL

4. CJ - February 14, 2008

Thank you for the confidence boosting video! I have birthed two babies at home 9lb 12 oz and 10lb 13oz. I have been having worries that this baby will be even bigger, but after watching this video, I know I’ll be able to do it!

5. Stacey Tissong - Durban South Africa - January 17, 2008

My son was born via a c- section because i was told that he was to big and his head was not descending into my pelvis. I really wanted to wait for nature to take it’s cause but it was my first baby and i was so afraid of the risk that i was told could happen to my son. Now i am 20 weeks pregnant with my second baby and i’ve made a decision to wait until my body tells me it’s ready or not.

Dear Stacey, good for you! Take control of your pregnancy and you make the decisions. ~blessings to you, Guinever

6. brambledoula - November 17, 2007

This is SO true. My c section baby (combo “CPD”, pre-ecclampsia, dropped heart rate due to stadol) 6lb 11oz, my UBAC baby- 8lb 6oz. (I also find it cool that most of the women in the video went on to homebirth or UC!)

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