@jholcomb - I don't disagree with you that moms should try to avoid cesarean sections. But the natural childbirth community tends to make every c-section seem like a failure. I had one myself after a long, stalled labor and trying everything natural and medical to move things along. My recovery was smooth and I have no regrets.
That said, it was definitely major surgery and I wouldn't wish it on anyone. "It's not like an appendectomy," one of my nurses said. I guess an appendectomy is minor abdominal surgery?