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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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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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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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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The disturbing trend in treating ALL  “advanced maternal age”  mothers (over 35 at the time of impending birth) high risk continues to grow despite lack of evidence to do so. My original post from 3.5 years ago still rings true today. They are being subject to weekly Biophysical profiles or Fetal Non-stress tests tests that…

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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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Putting effort into the initial postpartum period is in my opinion equally as important as preparing for pregnancy and birth.  Sometimes it is even more important due to circumstance or birth outcome.  Too many focus solely on the labor, delivery and perhaps the “stuff” that goes with having a baby while completely forgetting to look…

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