Thursday, July 22, 2010

News for Caesarean moms

You may be able to scream in pain. Just kidding. It’s a beautiful process, birth.

Time was (last Monday), doctors said once a C-section, always a C-section, for fear the incision would pop during labor. This turns out to be vanishingly rare.

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists used to say you could try a vag birth if you had had one C-section. Now, two and even a twin delivery are okayed to try.

Still, doctors and mothers are urged to deliver in a hospital that can provide emergency care.

These guidelines come from two big NIH studies and are partly intended to stimulate discussion.

So discuss with your doctor.

I ended up with a C-section and remember crying like a failure—then I realized that baby was coming out somehow and I wasn’t going back home with her in there. So just get it done, I said.

And they did.

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