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We all know that giving birth rarely happens like it does on TV shows: Your water breaks; you gasp, exclaim, “She’s coming!” Then, lipstick refreshed, you cradle your newborn as your handsome husband looks on. Alternatively, we hope your experience isn’t going to be fodder for reality TV: A swarm of doctors sprints into the delivery room, shouting, “Get the NICU team, STAT! We’ve got a quadruple nuchal and need a cold-knife section!”
When Eveline Andrews, 28, of Baytown, Texas, was in labor with her first baby three years ago, her doctor told her that she had a narrow pelvis and required a Cesarean section. But when Andrews became pregnant again about a year after giving birth, she felt strongly that she did not want surgery again. At first her obstetrician refused to agree to let her try for a vaginal birth after Cesarean (VBAC) because he felt a repeat C-section would be safer. Andrews persisted, however, and her doctor gave in—and at 40 weeks, she had an uncomplicated vaginal delivery.
When I ended up having a Cesarean section with my first child, Dylan, 10 years ago, I wasn't that surprised. Disappointed and nervous, yes, but not surprised. Not only was I aware of the fairly high C-section rate in this country even then, but I also realized that some babies just have to be delivered with, as they say, surgical intervention. And when I found out I was pregnant with twins last year, I knew that because of my medical history, I was destined for another C-section. This time around, I was completely OK with it: I knew what to expect, so I wasn't nearly as nervous.
It may be the last thing on your mind, but around six to eight weeks after having that baby, your doctor is going to give you the green light for sex. Be prepared: The big deed may be less than pleasant.
Childbirth has become super competitive. I don’t know if this is new to the last 50 years or if women have always judged how and where they give birth as a measure of maternal perfection. Maybe the Stone Age woman bragged her birth was better than some other cave woman’s birth because she pushed her little Neanderthal out on a rock; clearly making her more bad-ass, natural, and a better mother than those wimp moms who delivered in a cave.
Kudos to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) for taking a step in the right direction. Last week, they announced less restrictive guidelines for VBACs, twin births and other candidates for vaginal delivery. ACOG realized their previous guidelines for when VBACs could occur essentially eliminated most of them. They were so restrictive they’d radically increas
There’s no avoiding it. Pregnancy permanently changes you. Some women come through pregnancy with smooth bellies and unmarked skin but most of us have a few souvenirs like stretch marks, saggy skin, poochy tummies and surgical scars. Now that more than a third of all babies are delivered by c-section a third of all Moms have c-section scars. Here are a few FAQs about the most common surgical scar around.
Electronic Fetal Heart monitoring (EFM) is the most common obstetric procedure performed in the United States. Intended to determine the baby’s well-being during labor, it’s now a routine element in at least 85 percent of labors, up from 45 percent in the 1980s. But it has proved to be a very imprecise tool.
A couple weeks ago I asked readers if the rising c-section rate bothered you or if y’all were OK with the way things are going. I also asked what you’d be willing to do to bring the ever-rising rate down. The number of answers I received was, frankly, underwhelming. Unlike my recent blog about whether kids should be banned from airplanes, which garnered something like 150 comments (when it was posted on
It’s my annual “the c-section rate is still climbing” blog and once again, we’re breaking records. The data for 2007 (most current data available) was published last week by the Centers for Disease Control and National Center for Health Statistics. Drum roll, please…. here are the numbers: