Cesarean Birth

Support and love from friends and family is important in every birth, regardless of the experience. Before giving birth, make sure you have support put in place. When confronted with a cesarean birth, be aware that you and your baby may need lots of extra love and support. Healing from a cesarean or any other procedure, such as an episiotomy can pose some additional challenges.

“A big drawback of cesarean sections is separation from your baby immediately after birth…once back at home, you will find it more painful to move around for a while, making caring for a new baby harder. It can take longer to bond with you baby, but be patient – it will happen…Cesarean babies are often premature, are more vulnerable to respiratory distress, and may be affected by what prompted the operation…A baby with physical problems needs extra attention, and you may need help to cope with sleeping or feeding.” (Meredith 18)

After a general anesthetic, drowsiness or lethargy can occur for you and your baby. Drugs that are absorbed through the blood stream may interfere with oxytocin (a hormone that is important for nursing and bonding), although exact side-effects of drugs is not clear. That said, breastfeeding may also pose some challenges after a cesarean. Some women notice that it takes longer for their milk to come in. It can also be more difficult to get into a comfortable position. Regardless of a cesarean, there is always the potential for challenges involved with breastfeeding, but it is well worth the effort to keep trying if breastfeeding is something you desire to do. Many Midwives have observed that given the right support, knowledge and patience, the vast majority of women are able to breastfeed. We suggest you view our page about breastfeeding [here] and ask for support, if you need some extra help getting the swing of things.

What is alarming is the rate at which women are getting c-sections. Web-sites like thestir are reporting that rates are said to go up to as much as 50% in the USA [and Canada’s rates are not much less than that]. Check out their article [here].

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7 responses to “Cesarean Birth”

  1. Karrie Runi

    Women really do need support during birth, pregnancy and the postpartum period. Thanks for talking about this.

  2. Bernardine Vannorsdell

    I do not even know how I ended up here, but I thought this post was great. I do not know who you are but definitely you’re going to a famous blogger if you aren’t already 😉 Cheers!

  3. Sandi Moorneg

    Straight to the point and well written! Why can’t everyone else be like this?

  4. Lindsay Keemer

    It is so important that women get support. I found that after having a cesarean, I was especially sensitive. Thanks for pointing out the special care that women need during this time.

  5. Raina Mesley

    The information you offer on this web site has helped me tremendously. Thanks for all of your time and hard work.

  6. Vikki

    C-section should really be avoided, but in some cases they are necessary. When they do happen, women really do need extra special support to heal physically and emotionally.

  7. Brena Norton

    There would be a lot less c-sections is women were not being over-medicalized or put through the system like a number, not a human being. We really need to re-think the amount of unnecessary birth surgeries going on today.

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