In a recent delivery in my family, the lady has to undergo an operation. The doctor initially said that the birth will be through normal delivery, but at a very last stage she said:
We tried our best to avoid operation, but we are helpless as the baby's head size is much more than the passage for bringing him out. The baby's head is stuck in between the two bones, above the opening. The opening is wide enough now (approx 10 cm), which is wide enough to bring the baby's head out side, but the issue is before that opening the passage is very narrow as the two bones are very close and it is impossible to widen the gap between these two bones- shall we apply force there?. If we force the baby to come out through this passage, we fear that we might damage the baby's brain. also we cannot wait any more because the baby is now not in the fluid, we broke that while trying for normal delivery. so we are going for operation now.
The doctors also gave the lady some injections for giving her pains-induced delivery.
The lady said she felt immense pain because of this.
Also the lady had gone for ultrasound several times, and the doctor herself said everything was normal.
Why are cases of normal delivery reducing day by day. Till about 10 to 15 yrs back we used to hardly hear about birth by operations. But now this is very common.
Is it true that the doctors might go for operation because it is easier for them (i.e for doctors), and they can make more money?
Up to what extent the doctors argument about the proportionally narrow passage can be true? Is there no way to bypass/avoid/widen this passage? Why such cases were not prevalent 10-15 years back?
The induced delivery pain is more than the normal pain?
Post birth the mother and the baby both are fine. But what are the risk involved post operation, and what best can be done to avoid such births in future (e.g some exercises?).
I can see something fishy in Doctors arguments (though, I am not a biology student).
Update One of the argument I am getting from the first 4 answers is: "now a days bigger babies are born as compared to earlier, while the women hips are not widening at that proportion" and thus c-section is the only way for delivery in most cases. Can someone please put some authentic references in support of this argument? In fact I have read the opposite that 100s of years back people used be taller as compared to now, and they lived longer.