Cesarean Section: Understanding and Celebrating Your Baby's Birth

Cesarean Section: Understanding and Celebrating Your Baby's Birth

by Michele C. Moore, Caroline M. de Costa
     
 

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One in four babies born in the United States and Europe comes into the world via Cesarean section. Yet this procedure has been described by critics as an unnecessary and potentially dangerous medical intervention. Consequently, expectant mothers often fear this option, and women who have had C-sections can feel a sense of failure.

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Overview

One in four babies born in the United States and Europe comes into the world via Cesarean section. Yet this procedure has been described by critics as an unnecessary and potentially dangerous medical intervention. Consequently, expectant mothers often fear this option, and women who have had C-sections can feel a sense of failure.

In Cesarean Section: Understanding and Celebrating Your Baby's Birth, Drs. Michele Moore and Caroline de Costa emphasize the joy of delivering a healthy baby, however that is best achieved. They explain why Cesarean births are sometimes preferable to vaginal delivery for both mother and baby, and they help women understand the issues behind the decision to perform the procedure. From anesthesia, surgery, and recovery through at-home care of mother and child, the authors offer reassurance and practical information for all mothers and mothers-to-be. They also discuss the latest findings on postpartum depression and planning for future births, including the possibility of vaginal birth after a Cesarean section.

For every woman who has a planned—or unplanned—Cesarean section, this book provides the information they need to alleviate their fears and come to value this delivery option.

"Because up to a quarter of all births are Cesarean births, prenatal preparation should include information about Cesarean sections for every woman. And that is why we have written this guide.... We believe strongly that it is time to speak out and say that Cesarean section is a normal birth method and that women who have a Cesarean section should not be made to feel that they have failed.... We hope you find the information in this book useful and helpful in thinking about C-section, whether you have already had a Cesarean and want to understand the experience better, you wish to plan for another C-section birth, or you are expecting a baby and want to be informed about all the possibilities ahead, including this other normal way of bringing a baby into the world."—from the Introduction

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
American physician Moore specializes in women's and preventive healthcare, and Australian physician de Costa is an obstetrician/ gynecologist. They've come together to produce a small book with a big message-Cesarean section is simply another method for giving birth, with the corollary that what is significant is having a healthy newborn and not the procedures that lead to the birth. Although one in four babies born in the United States and Europe is delivered via C-section, many women who give birth this way feel that they have "failed" to have a "normal" delivery and/or to follow the precepts they've been taught in "natural childbirth" and other birthing programs. The authors convincingly contradict this kind of thinking by carefully and reassuringly discussing the reasons why C-sections are performed, the history of C-section, what occurs during a C-section, and other related topics. Anecdotal accounts of mothers' experiences, a Q&A section, and an extensive bibliography and glossary help to reinforce the authors' thesis. An important and timely book for consumer health and health sciences collections.-Linda M.G. Katz, Drexel Univ. Health Sciences Libs., Philadelphia Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Medicine
Congratulations to the authors of this sensible book, which gives information to dispel the myths and settle the arguments surrounding cesarean section in a nonthreatening way... I recommend all pregnant women take the opportunity to read this book and discuss its content with their doctor or midwife.

— Professor Ian Jones

Medicine - Professor Ian Jones
Congratulations to the authors of this sensible book, which gives information to dispel the myths and settle the arguments surrounding cesarean section in a nonthreatening way... I recommend all pregnant women take the opportunity to read this book and discuss its content with their doctor or midwife.

Medicine - Ian Jones

Congratulations to the authors of this sensible book, which gives information to dispel the myths and settle the arguments surrounding cesarean section in a nonthreatening way... I recommend all pregnant women take the opportunity to read this book and discuss its content with their doctor or midwife.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801881336
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
12/01/2004
Series:
A Johns Hopkins Press Health Book
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
1,213,246
File size:
3 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

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