POSTS WITH TAG: c-sections

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    After 10 hours of labor, my doctor turned to me and said, “Time for a C-section.” Before I could say “Why?” or even “Huh?” I was carted off and cut up like a roast turkey while I lay there gritting my teeth and wondering: How did this happen?

    While cesareans are often necessary to preserve the health of both mom and baby, stories abound of doctors being slash-happy to ward off malpractice suits or even just to get home in time for dinner. To this day, I ask myself if there’s anything I could have done to dodge my C-section, and it turns out there are plenty of ways to at least lower the odds. Here are 7 things moms can try to curb their risk of going under the knife.

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    Whether you're going into your birth already knowing you're having a C-section or you have every intention of having a vaginal birth, it's smart to talk to your doctor about what to expect in the event that you do have to have a cesearan, being that about 32 percent of all deliveries today are via C-section (and not all are planned). You may not think so now, but there is a chance that you will wind up on an operating table the day you welcome your beautiful baby into this world. One 15-minute discussion can prevent you from winding up in a position where you feel completely helpless, overwhelmed, and in the dark as to what's happening to you.

    Here, some questions to consider asking your doctor before you give birth.

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    Most moms don't plan on having a C-section, but almost 33 percent of pregnant women wind up giving birth that way. In addition to being overjoyed with the little bundle they just brought into the world, women who have had cesarean deliveries will also be recovering from major surgery. So, while taking care of their new baby, it's also important they take care of themselves during the weeks following surgery.

    Here's how.

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    In just the past 14 years, the rate of cesarean sections done on low-risk women has jumped a whopping 5.4 percent, according to a new investigation by Consumer Reports. And C-sections represent 31.8 percent of all births in the U.S. annually. Whether the trend is for better or worse, one thing's for sure: Women are often faced with a lot of misinformation about the procedure. So many myths about C-sections -- when it comes to what the surgical procedure entails, who the best candidates are, what recovery is really like, and much more --   often overshadow the truths.

    That's why it seems imperative to set the record straight. Here, the truth about all the aspects of going under the knife in the delivery room.

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    Used to be that cesarean sections were a rare surgical procedure, considered a last resort for doctors and women alike. But it seems like the tide has shifted in a way that's not best for moms and their babies. Info on a new Consumer Reports investigation of more than 1,500 hospitals in 22 states finds that in many hospitals, far too many unnecessary C-sections are being performed.

    Here, what you need to know about the findings ...

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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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    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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    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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