I have already discussed how the ruling patriarchal ideology marginalizes women who give birth through C-section**. Women have to be constantly punished for their gender through pain and suffering. Those who try to minimize the pain of childbirth through scheduled C-sections are shamed into seeing themselves as traitors to their femininity and told that they are a "failure."
Here are some more disturbing facts provided by Feministe about the persecution faced by women who give birth through C-sections:
Insurance companies can consider prior cesarean sections as a “pre-existing condition” and deny a woman coverage for childbirth. Additionally, in Florida for example, women who have had c-sections are charged 25% more in premiums if they want to retain their health insurance coverage of birth.
In Illinois, according to a Chicago Sun-Times article on 6/26/07, a woman’s emergency c-section (much to her physician’s consternation) was denied coverage by BlueCross BlueShield.
The sad thing is that women often buy into this anti-C-section propaganda and gleefully participate in shaming women who have C-sections.
** Check out my posts "The Truth about C-section," "A C-section Makes You a Failure," and "Ideology in Birth Preparation Classes."