April is Cesarean Awareness Month. The good news is that the U.S. cesarean section rate seems to have leveled off in the past couple of years, after skyrocketing well past the safe zone. We’re currently sitting at about 31%. The bad news is that the number is still too high and isn’t on it’s way down. With increased awareness of the safety of VBAC, newly revised OB protocols on attending first births, and the many resources available to help parents navigate the world of cesareans, vaginal births, and VBACs, I hope that the leveling off of cesareans is an indicator that the number of women having them will soon begin to decline. It is proven to be more dangerous in most cases, even for twins and possibly for breech babies, and most women do value the self-autonomy that a vaginal birth experience provides.
If you are planning a VBAC, I would love to chat with you more about preparing for your birth. Feel free to email me for preparation ideas and resources, email@example.com.
normal pregnancy ~ a handful of ideas for quick and easy, super healthy snacks for pregnancy
birth stories ~ A while back I had the pleasure of attending a birth in which the mother laughed her baby out. Read this neat perspective shared by a nurse who witnessed a similar experience.
birth environment and caregivers ~ One study based on a survey for doctors shows that the docs with the least anxiety perform the fewest cesareans, and those with the most anxiety perform the most cesareans. Check it out here.
variations of normal birth ~ My post on giving birth vaginally with a j-pouch has been fairly popular. Now you can read the true story of a mom who gave birth at home with one, and she says that instead of birth injuring her j-pouch, it’s working better than ever.
complications and interventions ~ Similar to Kangaroo Care, having a volunteer “cuddler” to fill in for parents when they can’t be with their NICU babies can make all the difference to their health.
after the birth ~ 5 unusual sounds that may help sooth a fussy baby. I would add the sound of a washing machine or dryer – I’ve seen those work!