There are many things a school could ask on their enrollment applications that might have an impact on admission. Birth date. Any chronic medical conditions. And whether the child was born vaginally or via c-section. Wait, what?
Yes, Dry Creek School District in Roseville, California (near Sacramento) wants to know whether your child made his or her way into the world via birth canal or via scalpel. Apparently they believe that your child’s method of birth will have some kind of impact on the child years later when they are ready to attend school, although exactly what those presumed impacts might be, the school isn’t saying. Even worse, if the parent selects c-section on the application, the parents must justify “why” the procedure was performed.
There certainly is a raging debate about the C-section rates in North America in parenting circles, with many (including the World Health Organization) stating that the c-section rate is simply too high. Indeed, it seems many women are subjected to c-sections due to arbitrary “failure to progress” guidelines, or simply because the doctor is being extra cautious. On the other hand, medical advances including monitoring and c-sections mean that many babies and mothers who would not have survived childbirth previously will now do so.
The debate has become highly polarized in some parenting communities, with those on both sides of the issue fiercely arguing whether those who get c-sections are victims of aggressive doctoring, are simply “too posh to push,” or are simply taking the option that’s right for them as a mother.
This strange question on Dry Creek School District’s enrollment application, however, seems to be the first time that the method of a child’s birth is entering the discourse outside of the hospital.
Why does the Dry Creek School District need to know how a child was born? How do they think it will impact their student population? Do they believe that you are a different/better parent depending on how you birthed your child? Do they believe your child will be more or less intelligent or socialized depending on their birth? Or are they just being completely inappropriately nosy?
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