Is cesarean section a treatment for medical paranoia?

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Date: Apr. 19, 1997
From: British Medical Journal(Vol. 314, Issue 7088)
Publisher: BMJ Publishing Group Ltd.
Document Type: Article
Length: 685 words

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The argument that a caesarean section, imposed with physical force on an unwilling woman, could actuary be good for her mental wellbeing came as a complete shock to us. Distress and depression after caesarean section are common, even when a woman has consented to, or even welcomed, the surgery.[1 4] It is painful to contemplate what an enforced caesarean section would be like, particularly for a woman with paranoid schizophrenia.

Going under anaesthetic is something that scares many women. For most of us, those fears will be about whether we will wake up and how our bodies and babies will cope. Maybe we might later wonder: "Is that baby really mine?" The aftermath and scar may be a source of pain and grief. But no one will have strapped us down, and left us prey to agonised imaginings about what was done to us during the time we were unconscious.

CH's doctors were worried what she might think if her baby died, but did they fully take into account what she...

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