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C-Section Photo Essay

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.

The Preliminary 2009 Birth Statistics

Now that the holidays are out of the way, I’m finally taking a close look at the Centers for Disease Control’s preliminary 2009 birth statistics and 2008’s final birth statistics.  What I fi

HPV and Vaginal Delivery

One of my readers wants my opinion on HPV and vaginal birth.  I’m for it.  Not HPV, of course, but vaginal birth is usually no problem for women who have HPV or human papillomavirus.

Lost That Lovin’ Feeling?

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.

The Myth of the Perfect Birth

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. 

Women’s Right to Choose

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

C-Section Scars 101

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.

The Truth About Fetal Distress

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.

How do readers feel about the c-section rate?

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

Better Births, Lower Costs

 

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