My trust in rabbis was eroded long ago, and several internet rabbis have done nothing to improve that situation. I was unfortunate enough to have to learn several lessons the hard way, because I listened to certain rabbis giving advice that they had no right to give - and which I later discovered was totally wrong information.
For this reason, I feel it necessary to respond to Lazer Beam's latest blog post Emunah and Childbirth where a guest female writer (RF) pleads with women around the world to cease having babies via C-section. She then equates having caesarean sections to a lack of emunah. By publishing her rant, Rabbi Brody acknowledges his agreement with it, and - (worse) - implies that such an opinion is endorsed by Breslov and the great Rebbe Nachman of Breslov.
I find the entire blog post to be (1) misleading and (2) insulting.
There are many reasons why a woman needs to deliver her baby via caesarean section:
Here are the most common indications for cesarean birth:
•Previous surgery on the uterus makes a cesarean necessary
•Placenta previa, to prevent excessive maternal bleeding that may affect the fetus.
•Abruptio placenta, to prevent rapid blood and oxygen loss to the baby as a result of the placenta separating.
•Herpes infection, a cesarean will prevent the possibility of passing it on to the baby through the birth canal.
•Severe toxemia, to prevent fetal complications.
•Fetal distress, as identified through ultrasounds and/or fetal monitoring.
•Abnormal fetal position, making it impossible for the baby to pass through the birth canal. An example would be a breech or transverse presentation.
•Diabetic mother, if the disease results in a very large baby, or poor blood flow to the placenta.
•Prolapsed cord, to prevent loss of oxygen to the baby.
•Cephalopelvic disproportion (CPD), when the baby’s head is too large to pass through the birth canal.
•Failure of labor to progress, or if oxytocin has not been effective.
•Forcep or vacuum failure.
Having emunah doesn't mean you ignore your doctor's advice and run straight for your prayer book and rely on a miracle. Having emunah means that you understand Hashem gave us doctors and operating theatres, anaesthesia, and miraculous ways of bringing babies into the world - unlike past generations where the mother and baby would both die.
Providentially, an email just arrived, showing an (old) amazing photo of a baby in the womb, being operated on. The baby is holding the doctor's hand, almost as if saying "thank you doctor". Rabbi Brody, it's time to think before you publish your misleading articles.......
Photo: 21-week-old unborn baby named Samuel Alexander Armas, who is being operated on by surgeon named Joseph Bruner. The baby was diagnosed with spina bifida and would not survive if removed from his mother's womb. Little Samuel's mother, Julie Armas, is an obstetrics nurse in Atlanta. She knew of Dr. Bruner's remarkable surgical procedure. Practicing at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, he performs these special operations while the baby is still in the womb.
During the procedure, the doctor removes the uterus via C-section and makes a small incision to operate on the baby. As Dr. Bruner completed the surgery on Samuel, the little guy reached his tiny, but fully developed hand through the incision and firmly grasped the surgeon's finger. Dr. Bruner was reported as saying that when his finger was grasped, it was the most emotional moment of his life, and that for an instant during the procedure he was just frozen, totally immobile.
The photograph captures this amazing event with perfect clarity. The editors titled the picture, "Hand of Hope." The text explaining the picture begins, "The tiny hand of 21-week-old fetus Samuel Alexander Armasemerges from the mother's uterus to grasp the finger of Dr. Joseph Bruner as if thanking the doctor for the gift of life." Little Samuel's mother said they "wept for days" when they saw the picture. She said, "The photo reminds us pregnancy isn't about disability or an illness, it's about a little person" Samuel was born in perfect health, the operation 100 percent successful.