Staggering numbers of women will give birth through cesarean section this year – but nobody talks about the dangers of c-sections or why it's important to make sure surgery is truly needed before making the cut. Today's episode covers the real risks of surgical birth and why reversing the c-section trend is important to mamas, babies, and even future babies.
Topics I Cover in This Podcast:
- Why the cesarean epidemic really is a big problem
- Complications that happen much more commonly after c-section births
- Why infection is an issue with any surgery
- Recovery after c-section – much more painful than after vaginal birth
- Why are babies more at risk after surgical delivery?
- Chronic diseases such as asthma and Type 1 diabetes may be higher for kids born via section
- Complications unique to c-section and complications unique to vaginal birth
- How a c-section may impact your relationship with your little one
- The big secret: how a cesarean section impacts future pregnancies – and future babies
- The big lie: c-sections are not protecting your pelvic floor
- The overwhelming conclusion from the evidence
Things Mentioned on This Week's Podcast
- Pushed: The Painful Truth about Childbirth and Modern Maternity Care – Jennifer Block's investigation of modern maternity care sheds light on the cesarean epidemic and its dangers. This book is a great choice for dads-to-be who may feel skeptical about natural birth.
- What Every Pregnant Woman Needs to Know About Cesarean Section – This quick read from Childbirth Connection covers important points about c-section in easy-to-understand language
- Vaginal or Cesarean Birth: What is at Stake for Women and Babies – this report, also from Childbirth Connection, is an extensive resource for care providers and parents who want detailed analysis of the risks/benefits of vaginal vs. c-section births
- Dr. Buckley talks about how the hormones of labor create safety
- The VBAC series – helpful podcasts to help you plan a great VBAC
(NOTE: Want Real Mom Tested Techniques for Handling Labor Pain? Use these 11 proven natural childbirth techniques to handle labor and keep things moving right along. Get them here.)
First Breath by Matt Burtchaell
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