Pregnant ladies might want to avoid tonight's episode of Botched.
It features reality TV star Mama June, who tells doctors Terry Dubrow and Paul Nassif about the scar tissue she has as a result of her four C-sections.
Mama June claims that during the birth of her now 10-year-old daughter Alana "Honey Boo Boo" Thompson, the doctor carrying out the section cut her head open... twice!
When the astonished doctors asked Mama June if the doctor had actually gone so deep with his scalpel that he sliced into Honey Boo Boo's forehead, the mom of four replied, "Yeah." Still, the doctors seemed amazed that this had happened, with Nassif saying that throughout his career he had "never heard of a C-section where a scalpel […] actually slices into the baby's forehead or even touches a baby."
Clearly, this is not what moms-to-be want to be hearing about (or watching on TV). But the fact that the doctors were so stunned by Mama June's revelation should offer some comfort. Of course, a Cesarean birth comes with risks — as with any major surgical procedure. While it's important to know the potential risks in order to discuss them with your health care provider and make informed decisions, it's also important not to dwell too much on what could go wrong.
According to the American Pregnancy Association, nicks or cuts to the baby during the incision are very rare. On average, 1 or 2 babies per 100 will be cut during the surgery. More than 1 in 4 women give birth by C-section, and the vast majority of moms and babies suffer no complications whatsoever.
If you're planning a Cesarean birth, the best thing you can do is arm yourself with knowledge — about the procedure itself and what to expect afterward, as well as the potential risks and complications. The prospect of giving birth — however the baby is brought into the world — is scary enough without obsessing over those horror stories that are, luckily, very rare.
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