Cesarean Section: Understanding and Celebrating Your Baby's Birth [NOOK Book]

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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.

In Cesarean Section: Understanding and Celebrating Your Baby's Birth, Drs. Michele Moore and Caroline de Costa emphasize the joy of delivering a ...

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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: 12/1/2004
  • Series: A Johns Hopkins Press Health Book
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 916,888
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Michele Moore, MD, FAAFP, is a physician who emphasizes integrated preventive health care, focusing on chronic illnesses, allergies, environmental medicine, and acupuncture. She was written and lectured extensively on women's health care and holistic medicine, and is the author of The Only Menopause Guide You'll Need, also available from Johns Hopkins. Caroline de Costa, MD, FRCOG, FRACOG, MPH, is a practicing obstetrician and professor of obstetrics and gynecology at James Cook University Medical School, Cairns, Australia.

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Table of Contents


Contents:Acknowledgments

IntroductionPart I. The Why, What, and When of Cesarean Section Chapter 1. Why are Cesarean Sections Performed?

Chapter 2. A Brief History of Cesarean Section

Chapter 3. What Happens in Cesarean Section and Who Performs the Surgery?

Chapter 4. When Is a Cesarean Section an Emergency?

Chapter 5. When Is a Cesarean Section Not and Emergency?

Chapter 6. Considering the Risks of Cesarean SectionPart II. What's Next? After a Cesarean Section Chapter 7. Going Home: You and Your Family

Chapter 8. Portpartum Depression

Chapter 9. Contraception

Chapter 10. Vaginal Birth after Cesarean SectionAppendixes Appendix A. Questions to Ask Your Doctor

Appendix B. The Apgar Scale

Appendix C. Calcium-rich Foods

Appendix D. Iron-rich Foods

Appendix E. My Baby DiedGlossary

Resources

Selected Bibliography

Index

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2006

    good information for women after Csection

    I'm not in agreement with the writer of the previous reviw. Waiting for my second child after a Csection 8 years ago I found it set out the options well - there are risks and advantages of trying for vaginal birth - if you dont succeed there are secial risks that the authors make clear. I like the way they use the stories to make their points. One of them has had two Csections, one emergency and one planned and her understanding shows. Silvia S.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2005

    Lacks information about options after a cesarean

    Having already had one cesarean, I was looking for a book that might help guide me during my next pregnancy. Unfortunately, this book doesn't contain much advice for women like me who are trying to decide whether to schedule a repeat cesarean or try for a vaginal delivery.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2004

    Good Clinical Explanation and Overview of Cesarean Procedures

    This book explains how the surgery is performed and answered a lot of my questions. It does not adequately address options for cesarean moms wishing to have a second child or the risks involved in having a second pregancy. While the authors validate the cesarean experience, they ignored the emotional impact that it can have and the high risks of post-partum depression and traumatic stress. Still, given the number of cesareans peformed every year, it is a welcome resource.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2004

    I felt really bad ending up with a Cesar until I read this

    I had a cesar for the birth of my son earlier this year, and felt really terrible, physically and emotionally - both of my sisters had their babies without needing any surgery, at the end of last year. I felt like I must have done something wrong, but the writers explained to me properly why I had needed it, how important it was for me and my little boy, and how common it really is. I thank them for their understanding and their gift for explanation.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2003

    Informative and easy to read.

    I flew through this book in a day and a half. I was looking for a book to explain more than the typical pregnancy book and this book was wonderful. It chips away at the stigma usually associated with a cesearean section allowing for an empowered experience.

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