An unexpected breech cesarean – A mother’s perspective

A guest post on an unexpected breech cesarean from a mother’s perspective. From the heart. Where reality meets birth.   My husband and I got married roughly four years ago and wanted a baby. Our plans to conceive a baby was derailed, as I lost my job shortly after we got married. We finally began…

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A Cesarean Plan

Cesarean is often the last thing we want to think about during pregnancy. Most of us think it will not happen to us. Having a plan, an idea of what to ask for, to know there are ways to bridge the gap between Plan A and Plan C can be very beneficial to both mother…

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Family Centered Cesarean Plan

Below is my version of a family centered cesarean plan – can be used for a planned or unplanned cesarean delivery. Sample Cesarean Plan PDF ——————————————————————————————————————————- We are trying to make a cesarean delivery as special and intimate as possible for us even though we did not have the desired vaginal birth. DURING DELIVERY /…

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Tell NBC What YOU Think – ICAN meets mother-sized activisim

http://blog.ican-online.org/2010/02/07/mother-sized-activism-nbc/ The International Cesarean Awareness Network wants you to get involved and speak your mind about what you think of the NBC “Live in the OR” piece from last week. Here is the link to ICAN’s official response. The only way that mass media will be responsible for what they put on the airwaves is…

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“Elective” Cesarean – If you had one…..

There is much in the news and in community talk how women are signing up for cesareans electively. I am very intrigued by this assumption and believe there is much misinformation regarding the topic out in the public for consumption. I am seeking to shed some more light on this topic. Though this is not…

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Rethinking the nature of intervention in childbirth

There is much awareness and conversation of what the routine interventions are that can occur during the labor and birth process within the hospital environment.  These interventions can include induction, augmentation with Pitocin, epidural, or cesarean. In all my professional and personal roles, I am privy to a great amount of pregnancy and birth stories.…

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Sisterhood of the Scar Revisited

Many years ago I wrote this piece after attending my very first ICAN conference in San Diego in 2005. I read this and part of me weeps for her, for the me I was and for the women who are becoming part of this sisterhood willingly, wittingly or not.  My pain has been transformed into…

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Shocking quotes regarding maternal choice to VBAC birth

Joy Szabo has been in the news lately for desiring a second VBAC for her fourth baby (vaginal birth, emergency cesarean, and vaginal birth).  She has been denied locally in her area of Page, AZ to have a vaginal birth. Due to this situation, the International Cesarean Awareness Network has been assisting her in fighting…

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Preparing For Birth – Common Pregnancy and Childbirth Terms

Below is a compilation of common terms and acronyms that women often will come across during pregnancy, labor, and delivery.  Check back as more will be added from time to time. AROM – Artificial Rupture of Membranes – using a finger or tool to open the amniotic sac to to allow the fluid to release.…

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