April Is C-Section Awareness Month!

*I decided to keep this post at the top for all of April. So, scroll down for current posts.*

I am so blessed in my birth experiences, in that I had no complications, and was able to birth out-of-hospital for all four of my kiddos. My oldest was born at a birth center, the other three at home in my own bed.

I have never faced many of the issues c-section mommas have had to face. I have never been in a position where a c-section was needed or suggested. I have no idea what it feels like.

But, like Anne of Green Gables, I can imagine what it must be like. I can put myself in your shoes, and ache with you for whatever reason you had a c-section. I can be grateful for a life-saving procedure that saved your baby’s life. I can sympathize with those of you who feel like your birth was out of your control and you feel as though you missed something somewhere. I can sympathize with the woman who wonders if her c-section was necessary, or if there was a less risky alternative.

I want you to have the information you need in order to feel supported in whatever your c-section circumstance was. So, without further ado, here is a bunch o’ info (mostly from ICAN Online) for those of you who crave to know more about your surgery, why it was performed, and to know that you’re not alone in what you’re feeling. Whatever that might be.

God bless.

“What is Cesarean Awareness Month? An internationally recognized month of awareness about the impact of cesarean sections on mothers, babies, and families worldwide. It’s about educating yourself to the pros and cons of major abdominal surgery and the possibilities for healthy birth afterwards as well as educating yourself for prevention of cesarean section.

Cesarean awareness is for mothers who are expecting or who might choose to be in the future. It’s for daughters who don’t realize what choices are being taken away from them. It’s for scientists studying the effects of cesareans and how birth impacts our lives. It’s for grandmothers who won’t be having more children but are questioning the abdominal pains and adhesions causing damage 30 years after their cesareans.

CESAREANS are serious. There is no need for a ‘catchy phrase’ to tell us that this is a mainstream problem. It affects everyone. One in three American women every year have surgery to bring their babies into the world. These women have lifelong health effects, impacting the families that are helping them in their healing, impacting other families through healthcare costs and policies, and bringing back those same lifelong health effects to the children they bring into this world.

Be aware. Read. Learn. Ask questions. Get informed consent. Be your own advocate for the information you need to know.”
~International Cesarean Awareness Network

  • 2006 Cesarean Statistics at Trial of Labor.
  • Cesarean Fact Sheet.
  • Family Centered Cesarean.
  • Tips on healing after a cesarean.
  • Emotional Impact of a Cesarean.
  • Cesarean Birth Stories.
  • Cesarean Blogs at ICAN.
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    1. labortrials on April 5, 2008 at 11:20 pm

      Thanks for linking to me and for your wonderful post about CAM. Reading your description of yourself, it seems as though we have some things in common – like our love of women in the childbearing years (I’m thinking about becoming a doula even though I’m a full-time professor), and our struggles walking in Faith.

      Blessings, Kimberly

    2. Sara on April 7, 2008 at 6:24 am

      I didn’t know it was Cesarean Awareness month! Nice. After my “experience”, I spend the majority of time talking with my non-mommy friends about how if you don’t have two or more DOCTORS telling you that it’s the right thing to do, then please DON’T DO IT!!!! I’ll post a link to you and my own C-section story over at my blog!

      I’m glad you posted this, that way, I have a place to reference! You rock lady!

    3. Carrie on April 23, 2008 at 4:06 pm

      I had a c-section with my first child which brought my on an amazing journey to have my second baby at home with a midwife. Which was difficult in many ways with an unsupportive family and my friends just not understanding why I was having my baby at home. I would love to be a doula and eventually midwife, but I struggle with wanting to be home with my kids. How do you do it? You have a lot of great info here keep up the good work.
      God Bless,