Wednesday, August 10, 2011


"The Wounded Womb"- Photo by Patti Ramos-

"Current research suggests that your choice of cesarean section or vaginal birth can shape such things as how quickly you recover from childbirth, whether you breastfeed, and the likelihood that your child will experience asthma. Your decision... can also affect matters such as whether you can get pregnant again and the likelihood that a baby in a future pregnancy will die before or shortly after the birth..."

"* If you are expecting your first baby: As a first-time expectant mother, you have the greatest opportunity to determine the kind of birth you will have, and many options are open to you. In a very real sense, when you make plans for this first baby, you are making plans for all your babies. For example, if you have a cesarean for this birth, you probably will have a cesarean for any and all future babies because it is becoming increasingly difficult to find caregivers and hospitals that support VBAC ("vee-back," vaginal birth after cesarean). If you have a cesarean now, you may thus have fewer options in any future pregnancies, and you and your babies may face extra risks of repeated cesareans. If your first birth is not a c-section, your likelihood of having vaginal births in the future is high.

* If you plan a large family: The likelihood of certain life-threatening complications that may affect both you and any future babies goes up as the number of c-sections goes up.

* If you are an older pregnant woman: Women having first babies in their 30s are much more likely to have them by c-section than younger women. Many of these excess c-sections are due to non-medical factors, such as the false belief that planned c-section is always safer for babies.

* If you have had previous abdominal or pelvic surgery: Every operation increases the amount of internal scar tissue (adhesions) and therefore the problems adhesions can cause. These problems include chronic pain and a twisted and blocked bowel. In addition, when there are adhesions further surgery is more difficult and more likely to result in injuries to organs or blood vessels."

Cesarean Section: What You Need to Know about C-Section