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Q&A: Ways to Avoid a C-Section?

I’m getting closer to my due date and am scared of having a c-section. Is there anything I can do to avoid it?

Re: I’m getting closer to my due date and am scared of having a c-section. Is there anything I can do to avoid it?

The Bump Expert

Not always. In most cases, cesarean sections happen because your baby can’t be delivered vaginally, no matter what you or your doctor does to help her along. You might need a c-section if your baby is breech (bottom first) or transverse (sideways). Your doctor can try to move the baby into the proper (head-down) position, but this doesn’t always work. You may also need a c-section if your baby is especially large or you have placenta previa (when the placenta covers the cervix and blocks baby’s exit).

Sometimes complications during labor force doctors to deliver a baby by c-section. If labor stalls (meaning the cervix stops dilating); your baby’s heart rate slows or becomes irregular; the umbilical cord slips through the cervix (a “prolapsed cord”); or the placenta separates from the uterine wall (placental abruption), your doctor will perform a c-section.

Try not to worry. Good prenatal care will boost your chances of delivering vaginally and handling any complications that might arise. No matter how baby travels from your uterus to your arms, you’ll be thrilled to pieces when she arrives!

Q&A: Ways to Avoid a C-Section?

The best way to avoid a c/s is to avoid as many interventions as possible during labor, starting with an induction of labor, unless absolutely medically necessary.

kristismom |

Q&A: Ways to Avoid a C-Section?

also, I think the documentary "The Business of Being Born" is a good resource for people looking for information on this. While every documentary must be taken with a grain of salt because they are not regulated for being "factual", I find that this one is a great tool for couples to understand natural labor who are not trained in health care. Any statistics that I have followed up on from that movie have been correct according to reputably published articles, but I have not looked up all of them. Whether or not the whole home birth or midwife birth thing is for you, I still think it is a great resource that explains the domino effect of interventions and what they really do to your body.

Durmie126 |

Q&A: Ways to Avoid a C-Section?

I dont agree that induction leads to csections. My first was induced and vaginal. My second was also induced but he was a large baby and his head was against his shoulder so he ended up wedged in the Birth canal and had no chance of a vaginal birth. Just pray. God will decide for you and dont be disappointed or afraid.

karenCB |

Q&A: Ways to Avoid a C-Section?

One thing that happened with my 1st baby b/c he had a big head is i asked to have my epidural turned off after two hours of pushing and a threatening c-section from my doctor. It took maybe 15 minutes for enough feeling to come back in my legs to get on my hands and knees(husband & nurse assisted) and push back into a modified child's pose(yoga position that can decrease birth canal by 20%). After maybe 5 minutes doing that, They helped flip me back on my back to deliver and my son popped out immediately- his head was probably stuck on my coccyx bone. I didn't feel any pain at that point with no more epidural b/c my adrenaline was so high to get him out w/out surgury. He was 8.14lbs. and 21 and 1/2 inches long.

stacybug |

Q&A: Ways to Avoid a C-Section?

I'm sure that kristismom wasn't trying to say that being induced leads to an automatic c section, which is certainly not true, but that any intervention puts you at further risk for needing surgery. When you are medically induced, you are usually given pitocin, a synthetic version of oxytocin, which is the labor stimulator your body produces. The problem with pitocin is that it often creates longer, stronger, more frequent contractions that may be more than your body or baby is ready for. Some women become exausted, and some babies have a hard time dealing with the harder labor often brought on by pitocin. From what I understand, the best way to avoid a c section is to prepare yourself as best possible. Research your options and make an informed decision as to what type of birth plan best suits you. Consider hiring a doula or labor coach to help you. Most importantly, believe in yourself and in your bodys ability to do what needs to be done when the time comes. At the end of the day, you can't prepare for every scenario and there are many things that are out of your control. Don't beat yourself up if you need a c section. Know that you did the best you could and be happy for the new addition to your family no matter how they came to be in this world. Good lick, I'm sure you'll do great!!

AngelaMZ |

Q&A: Ways to Avoid a C-Section?

I have gotten both of my babies to move into the head down position by doing forward sommersaults in the pool. This helped get the baby into the correct head down position both pregnancies.

ucfcutie54 |

Q&A: Ways to Avoid a C-Section?

I ended up delivering via c-section with my first baby who is now 7 months old. I am currently pregnant with my second child and 10 weeks along. I am hoping and praying that I will be able to have this baby vaginally. With my first I never even went in to labor, there was hardly any amniotic fluid left so I was induced at 38 1/2 weeks but the pitocin caused her heartbeat to plummet after only being on for an hour so I was rushed in for an emergency c-section. I had a great surgeon and a wonderful recovery but am still very anxious to have this baby naturally. I feel a bit like I missed out on an important experience in life.

Floritism |

Q&A: Ways to Avoid a C-Section?

I think something that helped me avoid a c-section was a good balance of allowing interventions when necessary. My water broke before I was in active labor and in this country that puts us on a time line for birth - most doctors prefer the baby out within 24 hours to avoid infection. I think it's very important to remember that if your primary concern is to avoid a c-section, and your water is broken before active labor, then you must balance the use of interventions (cytotec, pitocin, epidural) with your desire for a "natural" (intervention-free) birth. If you put off using these interventions too long, you may find yourself so close to the end of your time-line (or worse, there are real signs of infection!) that you end up with a c-section, despite your best efforts. If you want the whole (really long) story it's here: http://www.ourshawfamily.com/2010/01/sarahs-birth-story.html

javaluva2 |

Q&A: Ways to Avoid a C-Section?

Hire a doula! It's proven to reduce your risk of Cesarean by 50%! Also, stay home during eatly labor- don't get on the hospital's timeline. If you stay off your back during most of the labor, walking, bathing, breathing, danicing- you won't feel the need for an epidural in most cases because you are in control .As soon as the hospital has you strapped down with monitors, IVs, and epidurals, you'll lose that sense of being in control and not only feel more pain, but be more fearful of refusing interventions including unnecessary Cesareans.

Greenvilledoula |

Q&A: Ways to Avoid a C-Section?

"Induction of labor demonstrated a 2 x increased risk of cesarean compared to spontaneous labor (adjusted OR 1.93, 95% CI 1.71-2.17), and only BMI greater than 30 (OR 3.24) and birth weight greater than 4000 grams (aOR 2.28) had as much affect on cesarean rates as induction of labor." http://uncobgyn.blogspot.com/2010/07/does-induction-of-labor-increase-risk.html Also, check out http://ican-online.org/ which is the website for the International Cesarean Awareness Network for more information about avoiding a c-section and even recovery if you end up having one. Just because one person had a good reaction to an induction doesn't mean that everyone else does. Not even pitocin can force a baby out if your body isn't ready. Other than doing your own research, the advice I would give would be to avoid an induction until 42 weeks and also avoid getting your water broken too early by the doctor. Also, try to put off an epidural until your in mid-late active labor.

kmcknig1 |

Q&A: Ways to Avoid a C-Section?

Oh, and I totally agree with the person before me! A doula is a must! I didn't think I needed one last time and ended up with a c-section. I've got one this time and I'm ready to try for a VBAC!

kmcknig1 |

Q&A: Ways to Avoid a C-Section?

One way to avoid a c-sec is don't force the baby out, they come out when their rdy. Don't forget that doctors make mistakes with their calculations. Stimulate your nipples for the release of oxytocin, have sex with husband, his semen is good for effacing .

sukthiz1 |

Q&A: Ways to Avoid a C-Section?

The #1 way to avoid an unnecessary cesarean is to not give birth where they have a rate above the WHO standards. If you're care provider has more than 10-15% c-section rate then their rate is too high. Induction does not equal cesarean but it certainly CAN attribute to it. If you are being induced do research and decide for yourself if it is a good reason, make sure your bishop score is high enough that your body will actually take an induction. Don't accept "big baby" or "overdue" as valid induction reasons unless there is an issue. Don't birth on your back! let gravity help your baby! As far as amazing ways to get educated i cannot recommend ICAN enough. Every pregnant woman should attend, not just those with previous cesareans. Read! The Thinking Womans Guide to a Better Birth by Henci Goer would be my first choice

tawnycoral |

Q&A: Ways to Avoid a C-Section?

50% of all induced women end up having a c-section. An induction is forcing you and your baby to do something neither of you are ready to do. Keeping up an active sex life while pregnant is one of best and safest ways to ensure you don't go past your due date. Please do some research - I love how the original answer says a change in your baby's heart beat may force you to have a c-section but they didnt' mention that the very drug they use to induce a side effect is that it has an impact on your baby's heart beat. Please do some research it never hurts to be educated.

missjilly1025 |

Q&A: Ways to Avoid a C-Section?

I had a emergency c-section cause I had toxemia. So with my second child I decided to have another c-section. And so with my third child I had to have a c-section. I'm having another one and its a c-section.

raeneishia123 |

Q&A: Ways to Avoid a C-Section?

I've had to rush patients back for c-sections because of a drop in heart rate who were not receiving any pitocin/epidural or anything. Some babies get stressed out by natural labor and some babies have umbilical cords wrapped in the wrong places. Some also get stuck in a shoulder dystocia during birth and just won't come out any other way. Just keep an open mind to actual emergency situations, because these are the situations in which the mom and or baby could die, just like before modern medicine when it wasn't uncommon for someone to die in childbirth, or deliver a stillborn, etc.

nursetiff09 |

Q&A: Ways to Avoid a C-Section?

Don't give birth in a hospital. The c-section rate is around 33%...which is absolutely ridiculous. If you have an induction, you have increased your sick of c-section. If you have an epidural, you have increased your chance of needing a c-section. If you feel more comfortable being in a hospital- find yourself a natural birth midwife, look into natural birthing techniques, and avoid as many interventions as possible.

MustanGTbaby13 |

Q&A: Ways to Avoid a C-Section?

1) EDUCATE yourself. Do not simply leave it to the doctors to know or do everything. If you are a healthy woman with no current medical issues, a midwife is your best bet to stay out of the OR. Doctors do NOT have the most experience birthing babies, women do, and it's in our genetic make up and history. OBs are simply surgeons. Certified Nurse Midwives (CNMs) have received their training by both the knowledge and experience of midwives throughout centuries of natural childbirth, and the medical practitioners who have learned to avoid and treat complications that may arise during pregnancy or childbirth. 2) That being said, research the hospitals and OB you plan to use to see their c-section rates. Not all OBs are in the practice of just removing a baby from the mom in time for them to go home to dinner. This will be evident in their own statistics of c-section. 3) Hire a birthing doula. They help you educate yourself about birth and birthing options, assist you with time-tested non-medical techniques for pain relief and optimal birthing positions during labor and delivery, and help you communicate with the hospital staff and doctor on your wishes for birth. She does not take the place of your birthing partner or husband, just augments it. 4) Be ready for anything at delivery. Prepare yourself for all options and outcomes. C-sections exist for a reason--they save lives.

breezybrie79 |

Q&A: Ways to Avoid a C-Section?

"The Business of Being Born" and "Pregnant in America" were great resources for me. I thought both documentaries were minimally emotional and tried to present birth as a series of choices. Each choice has consequences and i'll be damned if I let someone else set off a chain of choices that may unneccesarily lead to c/s. I'd really like to deliver my baby naturally in a hospital (just incase intervention is necessary in the event of an emergency). I dont want any pain meds bc I know that its a bearable pain and I intend to bear it...my body is made to do this. I want to allow my body to do what it really can do unassisted with the *luxury* of healthcare officials just to ease any fears. I'm very confident that I'll get to do this my way and deliver a healthy and sober baby.

lalalizzycakes |

Q&A: Ways to Avoid a C-Section?

Both my 2 children had to be induced. My first one because my water broke but i didnt have any contractions and she came out just fine no c-section. and the second one i have a heart condition and they wanted to make sure all the staff i would need would be on duty at the hospital. With this baby my 3rd i am 36 weeks pregnant and i am hoping to be induced at 37 weeks if not then either 38 or39 weeks because i have carpal tunnel thats so bad i cant use my hands for anything because i cant feel them and they hurt at the same time. and ive been really sick and also still have thqat little heart condition . I plan on getting cirvadil and pitocin and i would like stadol before i need to get an epidural. this is the first baby i have in florida. the other 2 were born in Rhode island so its a bit different here . if a c section is needed for any reason then ill be upset but if its the best thing for the baby then thats what ill do. I fully support being induced and having any kind of intervention needed.

melissaplasse |

Q&A: Ways to Avoid a C-Section?

I dont think there is anything u can do to avoid it. As i didn't do anything wrong during my pregnancy to have to have a c section. Whatever is meant for u happens!

tracey20112 |

Q&A: Ways to Avoid a C-Section?

If by some chance the baby is breech have the doctor try and turn the baby before automatically assuming you have to have a c-Section. It my not work but at least you tried! I wish we had bc once you've had 1 c-section it's not as easy as you would think to find a doctor that genuinely supports a VBAC.

sarahcoloma |

Q&A: Ways to Avoid a C-Section?

The best way to avoid a c/s is to be knowledgeable in the delivery room. A lot of doctor's will scare you into thinking that your baby is in distress so that they may profit more from your delivery. Doctor's will tell you that you are not progressing enough or fast enough for their liking. As long as you are comfortable, and baby is ok, c/s should be avoided. Sometimes it takes 24 hours before you fully progress to the point of delivery time. Don't be bullied into a c/s. C/s are on the rise and doctor's make thousands more if they can scare you into the OR room.

nikalina |

Q&A: Ways to Avoid a C-Section?

I am an OR nurse and have seen/assisted in many C-sections. Personally I feel they are a barbaric procedure and should be performed only in life threatening situations. Educate yourself, exercise, and be strong physically and mentally to avoid any unneccesary interventions.

jpanetti |

Q&A: Ways to Avoid a C-Section?

DO NOT allow interventions. Pitocin, or inducing your labor, is the worst thing your can do if you don't want a c-section. Also, the Business of Being Born is an awesome movie. You should watch it.

NikkiH67 |

Q&A: Ways to Avoid a C-Section?

http://www.childbirth.org/section/ICAN.html

LibLib |

Q&A: Ways to Avoid a C-Section?

Don't birth in a hospital! Stepping one foot inside can increase your chances up to as much as 50% or higher. Also, do not allow interventions...pictocin, epidurals, stadal, cervadil...etc. These all lead to increased risk of C-sect as well. Also, if you insist on delivering in a hospital, tour, tour and then tour again. Ask detailed questions about their intervention and c-sect rates and do the same to your Dr. If you can find a good combo that will work with you and your birth plan and not treat you like you are on a crisis assembly birthing line, then you can decease your chances that way. Also, educate yourself thoroughly on all of the interventions that will be offered to you and their side effects on you and your baby. (They will all cross the placenta and can drug your baby too) Read Your Best Birth by Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein and watch The Business of Being Born....great resources. The book is less slanted then the documentary and includes detailed information on hospital births as well as questions to ask to decrease your chances of C-sect.

jennjenn5158 |

Q&A: Ways to Avoid a C-Section?

Honestly avoiding any inducers such as pitocin is the best way to avoid a C-section. Not that they are always avoidable, you never know what can go on, but typically if you are using an inducer, it creates stronger, more intense contractions, which usually causes you to go with an epidural. The epidural will slow the labor process, so it becomes more inducer, then more epidural...until the contractions are so long and strong that it puts strain on your child and you end up getting an emergency C-section. Be clear with your doctor that you are not comfortable with the idea of a C-section, and also be aware that it can happen. I put in both of my birth plans to get approval from either myself or my husband before they can do anything C-section related!

rjeller32 |

Q&A: Ways to Avoid a C-Section?

the statistics on inductions are pretty clear. They have roughly a 50% success rate, meaning that: 50% of the time they result in a vaginal birth. It's something that no one told me until after laboring for 18hrs and failing to progress past 3 centimeters and having to have a c-section. Knowing what I know now, I would have waited longer to go into natural labor instead of being induced.

jacks198122 |

Q&A: Ways to Avoid a C-Section?

If you plan on getting an epidural try to hold of as long as you are able. Getting an epidural too early can stall of stop dialation and increase the time you are in labor. This usually leads doctors to advise pitosin. All of those drugs do a number on you and the baby which can lead to problems that result in a c-section. If you plan to have an epidural hold off until at least 6cm. Go all natural if you can, it's great and you feel like a champ after it's all over!

amanda.dangelo |

Q&A: Ways to Avoid a C-Section?

Are C-Sections really AVOIDABLE??? I think not.

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Q&A: Ways to Avoid a C-Section?

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Q&A: Ways to Avoid a C-Section?

My first baby was induced at 39 weeks for GD. My doctor really tried to deliver vaginally. Aiden wasn't big 7 lbs 5 oz. it turns out I have a small pelvis. His head would not go through. He had a ring around his head after the CS from being stuck for many hours. The recovery actually wasn't bad. I had no hard no hard labor beforehand. A CS isn't the worst thing that can happen. Honestly, I would have rather not go through all that pushing, sweating, heaving, and possibly being cut or torn down there. That is just me though. Expecting in Nov. Again (Aiden is 10 months old) lost all the weight long before this second pregnancy too. Thinking about asking if doc can just schedule a CS. I have no desire to have a vaginal or natural birth.

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