Medicine: Too Posh To Push?

As more pregnant women schedule C-sections, doctors warn that the procedure is not risk-free

Actress Elizabeth Hurley had one. So did supermodel Claudia Schiffer. Ex-Spice Girl Victoria Beckham and singer Toni Braxton had two each. TV mom Patricia Heaton had four. They're so popular among the upper class in Brazil that the only way you won't get one in Rio de Janeiro, as the joke goes, is if your doctor gets stuck in traffic.

What all these women had are C-sections. Not the emergency caesareans that have been performed for hundreds of years to rescue babies from women in medical crisis. (Legend has it that Julius Caesar was born this way.) Rather, they had an...