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One of the core reasons for this is actually a side-effect of the 'most intelligent beings on the planet' - we have very big brains. Evolution has taken us pretty much to the limit on size at birth - we are already almost the least developed physically at birth. Many mammals can walk an hour after birth, but we have developed large brains, and large heads. ...


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Of course it can be done and it happens thousands of times every day. The key questions for you is probably "Is the the right choice for me and our baby?". This depends on a variety of factors, a lot of which are very personal, so only you can decide. A few points There is a fair amount if research out there on which one is "better". Unfortunately a lot ...


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While there are a wide range of articles about the benefits of vaginal birth, which appear to include better expulsion of fluid from the lungs, better immune response in childhood and so on, there doesn't seem to be any definite medical proof. Have a look at this unresolved question over on Skeptics. There doesn't appear to be any indication that children ...


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When my daughter asked about my c-section scar, I told her that's the mark where the doctor removed her brother. Then again, he spent a few weeks in NICU and she was nearly 3, so she was a bit more aware of what was going on. She often asks for her baby story, and part of me telling her about her birth is when I tell her that Daddy cried when she was ...


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First of all, congratulations to the mother! To answer your questions: As birth operations go up the rate of babies and mothers dying in childbirth goes down. Also, the rate of infant brain damage and birth-related injuries goes down. Be glad of this, without the operation the chances are good the child would have died or had permanent brain damage There ...


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Humans are fully capable of having unassisted births, and many chose to have them. Tradition, herd mentality, increased medical knowledge, and (unfortunatly) economical gain have shaped the way child birth is carried out in the world today (with great variety), but the way we birth says nothing about our physical capabilites to do so on our own. It is ...


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First, not every section that happens after labour begins is an emergency C section. In an emergency section, the cut is vertical and large, and everyone is in kind of a panic. You might get a general if you don't have an epidural already in place. These things have a bigger impact on you. In a "normal" section, the cut is low, horizontal, and relatively ...


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Epidurals are a regional anesthesia, also referred to as local anesthesia. This means that it blocks pain, but not all sensation. Epidurals are not a muscle relaxant, and for good reason! Childbirth requires the use of pelvic floor muscles (and some others, such as those used to involuntarily to dilate the cervix). However, some women still have trouble ...


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Childbirth hurts. It always has. But the amount of pain you experience depends on many factors, such as the position of the baby, whether you have or haven't ruptured the amniotic membrane, your pain threshold, your anxiety level, your position in labor, and a host of other factors, many of which you have no control over. Can a first time mother do it ...


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If you feel you aren't being heard by your birth team, and there's time, I would strongly recommend seeking out a second opinion or an advocate to help you BE heard. Do you have the option of finding a doula? Having a doula helped me tremendously in my first pregnancy, as I was bucking the medical establishment in my birth plan. If you do not feel you ...


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You know the scar is about a birth, but your little one doesn't. Children ask about scars, birthmarks and such all the time. Mine have never really wanted the whole entire details all at once. They indicate their interest by continuing the conversation after your first simple answer. Imagine if it was from your appendectomy or from a burn you got when you ...


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To answer your overall question, whether the cesarean was necessary, the answer is "maybe". It sounds like there maybe have been fears of shoulder dystocia. Sometimes changing positions can help this problem, or something called the "Gaskin maneuver" The lithotomy position is the stereotypical birthing position in hospitals, but it is one of the worst ways ...


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Just as with any surgery, there are risks. Vaginal birth should be preferred, cesarean when needed (risks of vaginal birth outweigh risks of surgery). Perpetuating the myth that C-section babies are dumber and weaker than babies born vaginally is harmful to mothers. Cesareans save lives. Mothers don't need any more guilt.


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I would like to add (to expand upon @Adam Davis' comment) the concept of infant mortality. Because of our civilisation and technology we know that by even some basic intervention the risk of mother or child dying in child birth can be reduced. In the last century or so we have reduced mother's death in childbirth from 1% (my great-grandmother died in ...


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While I think this is a very complicated subject with no one good answer - both because each woman will have a different experience and each woman will benefit from different guidance - there is one answer to the question. The "relax" instruction is not in relation to pain management specifically, but rather in order to help allow the cervix to dilate. ...


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This is a list based mostly on my experience... I've marked it as community wiki so others can add to it rather than accuumulating a lot of related similar answers. For pre-labour, for example if you are admitted for induction: Nightgown (preferred over pyjamas for ease of access for monitoring!) Eyemask, earplugs (hard to sleep in hospital) Plenty ...


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While I did not plan for or want a cesarian section, my child was born via one. 1.Why are cases of normal delivery reducing day by day. Till about 10 to 15 yrs back we used to hardly hear about birth by operations. But now this is very common. You can find a lot of answers to this question depending on who you ask. The natural childbirth community may ...


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There's a LOT of questions there. I'm going to handle the most important one first.. 5) Post birth the mother and the baby both are fine. But what are the risk involved post operation, and what best can be done to avoid such births in future (e.g some exercises?). Kegel exercises are the officially approved solution. As you might imagine, this is ...


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It is the current practice at many medical facilities to automatically schedule a c-section for any child after a previous medically-necessary c-section. This is somewhat controversial, as the risks of VBAC (Vaginal Birth After C-Section) may be less than originally thought. Some studies show that between 74% and 82% of women attempting a trial of labor ...


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What you are talking about is called vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC). You should do some research and decide if it's really the right thing for you. I don't see anything in there about two years, but that may be the obstetrician's experience. If you research and still think it's for you, your next step is probably to find an obstetrician and a ...


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Child labor is already a physically-intensive activity. Intensely clenching muscles furthers the body's exhaustion. Since hamstring, quadricep, and back muscles are some of the largest muscles in the body, use of them can be more exhausting. Exhaustion can increase irritability, agitation, discomfort, among other undesirable effects. Furthermore, strongly ...


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A birth plan is normally something you'd bring with to the hospital / birth centre / whatever and discuss with the midwives / whoever is providing care. If you have some continuity of care from pre-natal care then you'd already have discussed this with the care providers in advance. It's a way of summarising and collecting details that are important to you ...


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I am not sure I can qualify this as an answer, but you sound like a man from your question, so let me comment on 2 of your non-missing elements: Made arrangements for who will catch and cut the umbilical cord Well, it won't be her! If it is her, then this is far from your first child. Have discussed what levels of pain medications to use Such a nice ...


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Note: Not a doctor, so this isn't medical advice. Consider what's basically going on; your body is attempting to build up a rhythm that will cause your child to exit in a calm and controlled fashion. The ideal process would be muscles smoothly grasping and shoving the baby down and out in one smooth motion. Obviously the issue here is that, because the ...


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Giving birth naturally puts a huge strain on your body and is exhausting, and having an operation also puts a huge strain on your body and is exhausting. Having both one after the other is a significant strain and takes a lot longer to recover from. This is why many women who have a high potential for a c-section will opt for an elective rather than try to ...


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Yes, this is what contractions feel like (although they get closer together, shorter, and stronger in labour). These could be Braxton-Hicks contractions ("practice contractions") and just a sign that she needs to slow down and rest more and stay well-hydrated. You can also have days or weeks of what is called "prodromal labour" before the real thing ...


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I did it and would do it again! I felt there were more risks with epidural and other pain relief methods than doing it the old-fashioned way. That said, I would recommend to anyone doing it naturally to have a midwife, a doula, or a birth coach who has assisted a birth before (not your partner!), who can advise the best positions for pain relief and know how ...


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My question is: how do I respectfully handle this with the midwife and the hospital? How do I tactfully make them fully aware that I'm not paranoid, this is a genuine risk? Your midwife has done many deliveries, and if you're satisfied with her care so far, since there is no way to predict your need for a C-Section (even pelvimetry Xrays most likely ...


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There's not a lot of ways to know if you'll need a c-section or not before delivery. If your baby is breech, or if the placenta is too low, or other conditions then a c-section is basically required for a safe delivery, but apart from obvious indications, there's not a way to know for sure. I have two cousins who had c-sections, they had no idea they were ...


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My wive gave birth to both our children without pain relief. This is in the Netherlands, I expect pain relief to be something cultural. I think the risks for pain relief are larger than not using it in most cases. Would the human species heve evolved succesfully if pain relief was nessacerry?



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