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    C-sections are a risky way to birth. This we know. There are facts. It is major surgery. But there are still many women who end up with a cesarean. Too many. The c-section rates have risen to an alarming rate (nearly 30 percent) -- far beyond what even the respected medical community feels appropriate.

    We all know the risks, but there is one risk that we don't talk about enough. It's the risk involving your placenta and its ability to kill you. Repeat c-sections increase that risk. 

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    She's definitely not the type of person who worries about keeping things private, but would you believe Kendra Wilkinson's C-section birth is going to happen on TV?

    Oh yes ... it is. She told Celebuzz, "I want it to happen because I’ve been on TV for 10 years now and I thought if I have another season of my show, I want to wow people." (Translation: it'll be great for ratings.)

    She also added, "I don't see anything wrong with giving birth on TV."

    But the comment she made after that will really blow you away.

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    Wow. It was no secret that she had a rough go of things before giving birth to her daughter, Jaxie -- but a new photo of Mackenzie Douthit taken right before her C-section shows just how nervous she was before her delivery.

    She captioned the pic with, "What a beautiful moment. My two best friends in life laying their hands on me to pray right before surgery. #husband #mommy"

    Have a look ... it will give you chills.

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    The blood was pooling. I tried reassuring my wife while rushing her to the hospital, but she knew what was happening. The admitting nurse validated our fears by asking, "How far along were you?"

    The word miracle is overused. However, few others describe our daughter, Skylar Nicole. You can see the photo on the left. So you know we could not have asked for a better ending to this story. However, a better beginning and middle would have been effing nice.

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    One of the new buzz terms heard more when it comes to birth is "gentle c-section." Which is fantastic because with c-sections on the rise, we should all want women to have the most gentle one possible. Of course it would be better if cesareans were on the decline. With this gentle c-section, moms do skin-to-skin contact with baby right after birth. Seems like a no-brainer. Why wouldn't mama put baby to chest right after giving birth? Particularly after a c-section. But doctors seem to have forgotten the human element in birth and rely too heavily on the technology.

    Skin-to-skin doesn't happen as much as it should. In fact, for the first time in America, a gentle cesarean was performed in May of 2013 where a healthy triplet birth resulted in mom placing her babies on her chest right after birth -- skin-to-skin. First time? What took so long?

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    I recently toured the hospital where I'll be giving birth to my second child this spring. If yours offers a sneak peek at its maternity digs, I highly recommend jumping at the opportunity. At first, it's a frightening experience because it really drives home the idea that, yes, you are going to have to labor and push out this baby at some point in the near future and, oh yeah, these are the stirrups you'll be using to help you. But the tour also allows you to learn more about your hospital's procedures and rules and get a picture of how your birthing and recovery room will look. And it's the perfect opportunity to ask tons of questions. You may want to make sure these 8 are somewhere on your list. 

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    A 37-year-old woman from Brazil made headlines this week when doctors performed an emergency C-section on her only to realize she was not pregnant. The woman believed she was 41 weeks pregnant and was admitted to a hospital after complaining about abdominal pain. Not sure if her doctors gave her a sonogram or why they wouldn't after failing to detect a heartbeat, but they reportedly decided to perform a Cesarean because she looked pregnant and was experiencing some pregnancy symptoms, like nausea.

    This story sounds fishy, but the woman's actual condition isn't as odd as you may think. Docs say she had a "phantom" pregnancy, which is when women are so thoroughly convinced they are pregnant that they actually experience bodily changes that resemble those felt during pregnancy. 

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    There is rarely a day that goes by when we aren't bombarded with images of celebrities, models, or even fitness bloggers who gave birth three seconds ago and have already dropped all the weight and wiped out all evidence of stretch marks. Look, some women have secret tummy tucks and others are purely and truly genetically predispositioned to lose the weight quickly -- I don't feel there's anything wrong with their enviable selfies.

    But lest we forget that a great many women -- most, I'm going to say -- aren't going to have washboard abs one month postpartum, this amazing and brave blogger and mom of three is here to remind us that we shouldn't be ashamed of our real postpartum bodies. And she's willing to prove it by sharing photos of her own body 11 months after giving birth to twins. 

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    An anonymous pregnant Italian woman went to Britain in July of last year to attend a two-week airline training course. Her two daughters stayed with her mother in Italy. While at the hotel, she became panicked when she couldn't find her daughters' passports. She called the police for help, who called her mother because they felt the woman was over-excited and they were concerned about a panic attack.

    The woman's mother explained she was bipolar. The police then told her they wanted to take her to the hospital to make sure the baby was okay, but she was taken to a psychiatric facility instead. She says she requested to return to her hotel but was restrained and forbidden to leave. Her family wasn't contacted. For five weeks, she remained in the facility until she was sedated against her will so the doctors could remove her baby by c-section.

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    I believe that nearly every woman is capable of having a vaginal birth after c-section (VBAC). There are always exceptions, but we have to believe our bodies are capable of amazing things -- we can create life, after all. Too many doctors are too worried about what ifs and don't allow women to attempt a VBAC. Luckily some new stats are showing some positive numbers.

    When attempted, women had successful VBACs 63 percent of the time. Consider the women who had a c-section with their first birth who were never given the chance to attempt a VBAC and that success rate would be higher, I believe. Why a woman had a c-section the first time weighed heavily on the likelihood of success. So if the reason was elective or unnecessary pressure from a doctor, chances are great a VBAC would be successful. I spoke with three women who had VBACs to learn more about their experience.

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