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.