Friday, July 15, 2011

Cesarean Infearmation is Unnecessarily Frightening

Is it really necessary to instill SUCH levels of cesarean fear in women?

During the last two episodes of 'One Born Every Minute' that I have watched, I have seen women writhing in agony, labor not progressing, baby's heart rate decelerating, and they cry out, "I don't want to be cut. I don't want a cesarean. Please.
Surely this is a sign that we are failing in antenatal care?

I KNOW that many cesareans are unwanted, but shouldn't we still prepare women sensibly for the possibility that they may NEED a cesarean, for their own and for their baby's safety?

Cesarean's are life-saving procedures.

If you don't want to have one, then you should work with a maternity care provider that can advise you on how best to optimize your chances of a successful spontaneous delivery - but every woman should also try and mentally and physically prepare for the possibility that surgery may be needed.

In fact, Leigh East of has just published a book called "Caesarean Birth: A Positive Approach to Preparation and Recovery", which helps women to do just that.

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