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A cesarean section involves major abdominal surgery and poses various risks to both a mother and her baby.


When needed, the procedure, can be used to avoid more serious complications and even to save lives.

However, because a cesarean birth bypasses many natural processes intended to occur when a woman gives birth vaginally, it is not an option that should be considered lightly.

Elective cesareans rob both mother and baby of many much-needed benefits of vaginal birth and pose many serious risks.

There are many instances when a cesarean birth might be advised, but in general, in the USA and some other countries, the cesarean rate is much higher than it should be as women are being co-erced into this birth option.

Birth by Cesarean Section

Childbirth Connection, a USA non-profit organization, has identified 33 evidence-based areas where cesarean section was found to involve more risk than vaginal birth, and only four areas where vaginal birth was found to involve more risk than cesarean.1

You should therefore research your options very carefully and get a second opinion before you make a final decision, if possible.

Read about the Risks of Cesarean for Mothers and Babies and

Reasons for Cesarean Section.


To Avoid a Cesarean

To avoid an unnecessary cesarean you need to

  • be well prepared and educated about childbirth and have a definite birth plan
  • understand the importance of informed choice
  • understand how your pelvis is designed for birth and why the 'too big baby' cannot be predicted
  • choose your caregiver very carefully and ask his/her cesarean rate and policy on using medical interventions
  • choose your birth venue carefully and find out their cesarean rate and routine interventions used
  • get a second opinion when a planned cesarean is advised
  • understand the processes of labor and giving birth and avoid unnecessary interventions such as induction and epidurals unless absolutely necessary
  • use natural comfort methods in labor
  • stay home as long as possible in labor to avoid being rushed into a cesarean due to impatient caregivers
  • have a doula and your partner support you throughout labor. Research shows that having a doula may reduce the incidence of caesars by 50%
  • investigate the option of having a VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean) if you have previously had a cesarean birth


More Pages Related to Cesarean Birth

Planning a Cesarean

Recovery from a Cesarean

Cesarean Birth Videos

Video Report on High Cesarean Rate

VBAC Info

Risks and Benefits of VBAC vs Risks of Cesarean

VBAC Childbirth videos


References

1.Childbirth Connection, http://childbirthconnection.org/article.asp?ck=10166

 

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