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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?

It's been proven time and time again that C-sections are generally done as a matter of convenience for the doctor. The majority of them are performed around 4pm and 10 pm. Some of the things they mentioned are cause for a c-section, like placenta previa, cord prolapse and placental abruption. Labor stalling is never a good reason - most doctors call it failure to progress, but in a lot of labors there is a natural plateau where dilation may stop, but that doesn't mean you'll be pregnant forever and with large babies, there's no way to know whether or not the baby will fit without a good trial of labor and pushing. C-sections have a time and place so just make sure you know what reasons you're willing to accept for getting one done. And don't forget that having one c-section drastically increases your chances for having another.

RobynHeud@gmail.com |

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

The mor medical intervention you have the more you are at risk for a c-section. A dr. might give you pitocin to "encourage" contractions. Pitocin can cause really hard contractions that might make you want an epidural which can slow your progress. Then, the medical staff will want you to have a c-section. This is why having a birth plan in place and working with the staff so they know your desires is important. But remember you do have to be flexible.

frostnoel |

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

I highly recommend watching the video The Business of Being Born. It was an eye opener. After watching the movie, I decided not to have an epidural and I created a birth plan. Our bodies are meant to have babies, so do let a doctor or anyone tell you otherwise. And if you have had a c-section, you can find a doctor that will deliver vaginally for future children. My mom had a c-section in 1982 and learned afterward that the doctor was leaving town on vacation. She had an awful experience, but found a different doctor for my siblings.

littlebirdy22 |

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

It really aggrevates me when people think C-sections are bad and have no place in the childbirth process. Some of us have small pelvic openings, fibroids, low placenta, and other complications that make them kind of at a higher risk for a c-section. Knowing that I am at a higher risk for complications I don't want to go through 20 hours of labor (my mother), have my baby's head get stuck because it was breech (my grandmother), and then end up needing an emergency c-section anyway. I have let my doctor know that if everything looks to be leaning towards a problems I want a c-section. I have also had close friends who have had their baby's collar bone be broken, the nerves in the baby's face get damaged all because they felt that a vaginal birth was the best thing. I don't judge people who choose to deliver vaginally withour use of drugs, so people should not judge those who choose to have a calm, safe, c-section not wanting to be in labor for hours on end. Let each mother have theit own birth plan, whether it is with drugs or without, c-section or vaginal...it is all still a PLAN!

jscogin |

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

It may still be a plan but I firmy beleive God made our bodies to carry and deliver babies naturally.. so avoiding a c-section at all cost is very very sensible.

linziplease |

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

I would also point out that, while I agree the mother should have a choice in the matter, a c-section is considerably less "safe," generally speaking, than a normal delivery. The idea that abdominal surgery is safer because it seems "calm" or controlled compared to the intense and sometimes unpredictable experience of labor is a misperception not based in fact. I think it is best for every woman to get make a fully informed decision and not be pressured, manipulated, or misled no matter what the intended outcome.

titania9 |

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

While a c-section is not what we envision for ourselves sometimes it is necessary. Just be open to it IF it becomes a need. You are no less of a woman for having a c-section vs. a vaginal delivery which is something I felt when I ended up needing a c-section after many hours of labor and the baby being a little too big and my pelvic bone being a little too small. Regardless of how baby gets here just trust yourself and your doctor. A c-section is no fun to recover from, it is very hard in fact. But, I can say now, looking back...it doesn't matter in the end how your baby arrives as long as you and baby are healthy that is really all that matters.

mandy67 |

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

Flexibility (no pun intended) is the key. In my research I found articles that confirm that c-sections put the baby and mom at higher risk during and after birth than vaginal births do. Yes, c-sections are sometimes unavoidable (I have a small cervix and may not dialate fully because of scar tissue), but for me I am learning as much as I can now and I have hired a doula to help reduce the odds of me needing a c-section, induction or an epidural. Each woman does need to make her own choice, but for me I at least want to try before agreeing to a c-section. I'm due late May so I still have time to prepare my mind and body. I would recommend hiring a doula if you're expecting because they are a wealth of knowledge and resource that will only benefit you and your partner. They work with you throughout the last months of your pregnancy to help prepare you and ease your mind for giving birth, and stay with you throughout labor, delivery, and even an hour or so after. Statistically they have been proven to reduce the need for c-sections, etc. I found mine through the DONA website. Best of luck to everyone!!

DJ26sMom |

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

Absolutely! Go in to the hospital prepared. Intervention road is easy to take but impossible to get off. Labor will go in it's own time it doesn't need to be sped up. Learn to trust birth and trust your body.

flitabout |

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

I am scheduled for a c-section this monday 4/26 and I am sick about it, I am scared, nervous, and hearing about the dangers are the icing on the cake, esp since I am told I can't go natural bc I've had a section, a vbac and another c-section, I prayed, I hoped, I searched how to bring labor on, but nothing yet, it's rare to hear positives of c-sections, but I really need it, the doctor said the only way is for me to not show up for the section and show up in labor, I am looking for someone to say NO way, don't listen to them it's your body, but nobody knows who's right for sure. I just know that this baby is coming, whether naturally or c-section.

ld28nj |

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

I agree that it is best to try to do things as naturally as possible. However, I also have a friend whose child sustained brain damage due to a lack of oxygen during birth and now will suffer with cerebral palsy for the rest of her life. If there are any emergency situations that make the doctors push for a c-section, then don't fight them... seconds count.

stilleta |

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

Although I agree that in recent studies there have been more c-sections done out of convenience. I still am going to leave it up to my doctor as my baby's health is the most important thing in the world. I have heard horror stories of women that had very long labors only to deliver a stillborn baby because it was too traumatic on the baby. I let my doc know that I prefer to deliver vaginally however if my baby is at risk at all then I have no problem with a c-section.

tqpeel@yahoo.com |

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

I have had two c-sections, and will be facing a third in October. When my husband and I were expecting our first in 2004, everything was normal until my two weeks before my due date. My Ob explained that I had not widened in my pelvic region to make way for him, but in some normally by my due date I should have widened. A week later I went into labor, and was in the hospital when my OB came in with two options because I still had not widened. Option one was to break/dislocate my hips to widen the pelvic area, or two I could have a c-section. i looked at my husband and then back to my ob and said "you're not going to break anything. I'll go for the c-section. When I became preganant with our second, I opted for the c-section because it was a girl and we had planned to stop after that. Both c-sections went well, I healed very well with a small scar right above my hair line. Since we are having a second girl, I am having my tubes tied after our daughter is delivered. Ob promised 2 to 3 minutes extra. The c-sections do not last long, and are wonderful still. I don't scream at my husband because he is trying to calm me or rub my back to help ease the pain of natural delivery. We talk about what we think the baby will look like and what features they will have from the two of us. It is still an emotional moment when you hear the child cry for the firat time and hear the words "here is your beautiful baby boy/girl" I still get teary eyed just remembering their first cry and can wait to hear it for the thrid time.

daisychaplin |

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

I think that gathering as much unbiased information as possible is key. Have a plan in place that supports your philosophies and beliefs, and be ready to be flexible and work with staff as different issues come up. The Business of Giving Birth was an eye opener for myself and my husband as well. I love the book Orgasmic Birth as it really illuminates the natural birth process and the possibility that birth is not a horrific, terrible event. In fact, I am so excited to try and give birth naturally. I am well educated on the interventions, their risks, and their benefits and am ready to roll with the punches as necessary. Work with your doctor and his/her staff to make sure they understand and will respect your birth plan in every way that they can. However, sometimes there are complications that nature just can't handle, ("back in the day," mothers and babies died in birth because of these complications and the lack of surgical options). But we have those options nowadays, thank goodness. However, they should not be used for convenience, monetary purposes, or any other reason than as a response to an imminent and serious danger to baby and/or mother. And do be informed on the various interventions, such as pitocin and epidurals, as they can cause danger to the baby and mother, thus facilitating the need for a c-section. It's called the cascade of interventions and it is very real. Also be aware of the time constraints the hospital may put on you. My plan is to labor as long as I can at home so that I don't feel the pressure to have the baby birthed within the hospital standard 20 hours. My baby will hopefully come on it's own time, and I don't believe that "taking too long" is a good reason to start intense chemical interventions if the baby is still strong and healthy. (Thank goodness for fetal monitoring!!). Good luck ladies, get informed, and trust your instincts.

catalinaherndon |

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

I'm with jscogin..I scheduled a 40 week c-section. I have been unemployed since January 2009. Not everyone can afford to hire a doula. Reason for c-section - baby in 76th%ile of growth (that means average is 50th%ile) and I have a narrow pelvis. Every woman immediately related to this infant ended a vaginal attempt in emergency c-section and one baby has vision problems due to 96th%ile size head lodged in size 4 tiny bird-like Portugese 1st time at 37 years old I'm gonna deliver naturally woman's pelvic bone. I have a birth plan and yes, it is a scheduled primary c-secftion at 4p.m. just before my doctor of preference leaves for a long weekend vacation over my due date. So there!

perezell |

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

C-sections have been done for over 2000 years. I certainly think that if you can go natural, that's the way to go, but if you can't, or are just too terrified to try, then a c-section is ok too. There is no more or less risk to the baby, and if the mother is willing to take on the added risk to herself, then that's her choice. My doctor told me that many of his c-sections were performed unnecessarily because the mother refused forceps or the vacuum. He also tried to talk me OUT of having a scheduled c-section. Just do your research and like other people have said, be empowered. If you believe your doctor is going to try to pressure you into having a c-section you don't want, then change doctors, or have a good plan in place to circumvent him/her. Common sense, people, just use a little common sense. And stop trying to scare the c-section people. You are as bad as the doctors who try to scare them into a c-section.

firstpancake |

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

We're not trying to scare the women having a c-section, we're trying to inform them. Vaginal birth is safer in the vast majority of situations. My advice is to stay at home as long as you can and go in pushing. Doctors ARE c-section happy, whether we like to admit it or not, and if you go in without doing research and knowing the risks, your chance is higher of getting a c-section. There are medical reasons for a c-section, but not 30% worth, which is what our c-section rate is now. That rate is absolutely ridiculous. C-sections can cause problems in future pregnancies, including higher chances of miscarriage, stillbirth, tubal pregnancies, and placental problems. They also cause fertility problems in some women. Being flat on your back and having all the interventions hospitals use is a major factor in c-sections. Be up and moving around. Give birth to your baby in a squatting position or other vertical position to let gravity assist you. Refuse an IV and eat and drink during labor. Trust your body and remain active. Flat on your back is the WORST position to birth your baby in as it narrows the pelvic outlet. Read Born in the USA by Dr. Marsden Wagner, and Ina May's Guide to Childbirth, as well as Pushed by Jennifer Block and Henci Goer's The Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth. Interventions and c-sections have their places, but their places are NOT in normal birth.

Rose4beans |

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

I'm confused too on the best way to go. I had a myomectomy in '06 to remove 5 fibroids. I remember the recovery and it wasn't pleasant. Of course, now my dr wants me to have a C-Section. I would prefer a vaginal birth but I don't wanna risk the chance of my uterus rupturing. Decisions. Decisions. And I currently 3 fibroids which are not growing with the baby, thank God. I'm all messed up...

MsMoca1121 |

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

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mrsltmcneill |

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

As a mom of 6 kids, preg. w/ #7 I'll tell you this.......Having a epidural GREATLY increases your chances, also having an impatient Dr increases your chances! At you Dr. visits, does the Dr. sit down and actually talk to you about your life, and get to know you, or are they just standing there after listening to the heartbeat with their hand on the doorknob waiting to get out? I've had 1 emergency c-section w baby #5 and have had a VBAC after and am planning on another VBAC. I would NEVER have an epidural as it's too convienent to "just wheel her down the hall to the section room"!! Mine was an emergency with the loss of the baby's heartbeat, otherwise I'd NEVER opt for a c-section!!!!

momoftheyear2004 |

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

to quote ina may gaskin, who has c section rates of about 2% compared to 30-35+% in the average hospital, "i could never have anticipated that women would become so frightened of their bodies that they would want c sections...it's pathological fear when you would want to go in an be injured in a major way because you're so afraid that you're gonna be ruined by giving birth the way nature intended" of course c section has a place...for a very small percentage of women who need it. but women were created to do this. i believe in informed consent and loving support of whats truly best for mom, not convenience for the dr.

mrandmrsbrtva |

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

The national c-section rate is up to over 30%. That's one in three births. However, at the midwife clinic I'm going to alone, their c-section rate (women who needed to transfer to the hospital) was 8% in 2009. (That is higher than their 5% over the last 10 years.) The more medical intervention you have, the higher your chances go to end up with a c-section. If you need medical intervention, then get it. But the question becomes what do you need? You are not actually late until 42 weeks. Most inductions before this are not necessary and increase your risk of needing a c-section once the process is started. What hospitals call stalling at 7 cm just because it's not in line with their graph can actually be your body giving your baby time to get in a position so the chord isn't around a body part. (You may not actually need pitocin.) There are lots of things that you can do to decrease the chances of needing a c-section.

allikay18 |

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

Linziplease...avoid a c-section at all costs? I have a complete placenta previa that hasn't moved? Am I to risk my life and the life of my babies because my "body was meant to give birth naturally"? Are you a doctor?

nennygoat |

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

I just would rather not have a large scar or be cut open. Is that reason enough to not want a c-section? My little brother was in fetal distress and was still delivered vaginally. Unless there is a da*n good reason to have a c-section..like life or death I don't want one.

katelauderdale06 |

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

good prenatal care and staying healthy will help tremendously. although i believe there are FEW medical reasons for a Csection.. our bodies are made to carry and deliver babies vaginally.. avoiding pitocin and epidurals and the hospital setting altogether will help avoiding a csection. as soon as you start intervening with the process is when things get hairy. even breech babies can be delivered vaginally.. most hospitals stopped training their doctors how to deliver breech babies therefor the c sections comes in. a c section is a guarantee that the doc wont be there for 30 hours trying to get the baby out.. but if you just let your body do as it will, then there should be no issue. dont worry, chat with your baby and youll be fine! i am currently chatting with my baby to get the heck out of this posterior position that he is in so i can have him at the birth center and not be transferred.

tracycerra |

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

This is my first pregnancy so I can't tell you how to avoid. Im sure there are veteran mothers that will tell you that vaginal birth is the way to go but at the same time, use a little common sense as well. If you have preeclampsia which can be very very dangerous not only to the baby but you as well I would say get a c-section. I know a girl that actually died from that disorder and she gave birth naturally or if your baby is way too big case in point that little baby born 14lbs in California a few weeks ago. i don't think I would deliver a 14lb baby vaginally sorry just not gonna happen. That would be something very ulgy. But I also don't think women should judge other women on what THEIR OWN DECISION is to do. That's just like the Pro-life people and Pro-choice people going at it. Pray about it and like someone said do plenty of research before you make your final decision. talk to different women who have had a c-section or vaginal birth. I have gestational diabetes or now their trying to say I have type 2 prediabetes. I was also diagnosed with group strep. I do have a chance of delivering a big baby but I can only wait until the doctors tells me what is best. Hopefully Duke doctors will do their jobs.

RubyRed80 |

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

AVOID a c-section?! I made sure that I had one!! Who wants to live through all that pain and embarrassment from a vaginal delivery. How humiliating! I told my doc the only way I would deliver was a c-section. Im having my 3rd baby and 3rd c-section in August! Its the ONLY way to have a baby!!

MCGREWAPRIL |

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

I think it's kind of silly that you think it's "humiliating" to give birth vaginally. Why are you so embarrassed about your body? You were made that way, and everyone knows that's how it happens. Relax about yourself and don't be so uptight about your female parts.

1bjork1 |

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

I had my birth plan. Go natural with as few medicines as possible. I was scared of pain medicines and of the artificial inducer, Pitocin, and especially scared of have a C-Section. I never had surgery before. I had a perfect pregnancy with no complications, although testing positive for Strep B which the doctors said is fairly common. A week ago my water broke, but I was either not in labor or still very early labor. I felt completely fine except for my water leaking everywhere. I took my time getting to the hospital hoping for labor to kick in. Two hours later I saw the doctor and five hours after my water broke they had to induce me. Already not as planned, but it was okay. 12 hours after they started the Pitocin my body still would not dilate and give strong enough contractions. I still was not in much pain, but took Nubane in anticipation of it getting worse. It was such a long process and my water had been broken too long that it became a threat to the baby. I felt fine, but the baby started to fall asleep and her heartrate began to slow. It wasn't that the doctor was impatient after the 17 hours, in my case it was the safest thing to preform a C-Section. I cried, I was scared. Nothing went as planned, but I was losing the protective fluids of the baby and could not dilate past 5 cm. Before this surgery was developed, both baby and I very likely could have died from infections. While a vaginal delivery is the best option the way nature intended, sometimes a C-Section is unavoidable. While 99% of my birth plan went wrong, the 1% was the most important and I have a beautiful, healthy baby girl.

SamHill5 |

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

I'd like to mention that we would all like to do things ALL-Natural, but let's take into consideration how often women actually have died giving birth. A c-section isn't always something you can just make a decision not to have. I was in labor for 28hrs, my water had broken, my daughter was trying to come down. Unfortunately, I had not dilated more than 3cm. So, I would have preferred not to have had the c-section. But, I am also glad we are both here today.

badalpos |

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

I am so scared that when I grow up and if I decide yo have kids, im going have to go through c section. I don't want this to happen because I don't want a big huge scar on my stomach. C section is done open wide and scary and I heard it wasn't pretty.

chanderLEAH |

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

Whether you agree or not, either vaginally or c- section, it's not our plan or our doctors plan, it's the babies plan. Yes, our bodies were given this incredible gift to conceive and carry a human life. The way however in which that baby makes his/her arrival, depends on so, so much. Our bodies, the size of the baby, place of placenta, position of baby. I respect those that wish to go for a natural, vaginal delivery. But you are not allowed to have an opinion on c-sections when it's been determined for whatever medical reason that its the safest way to bring you and your baby out of delivery. Every woman has a 50/50 chance of vaginal/c-section. Would you really want to put your baby and yourself at risk just to go with your "plan" on a vaginal delivery? Don't be so naive and close minded. If its necessary, you do whatever s needed to bring your baby out of delivery safely. It's what every good, prepared mother should want.

lisita80 |

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

Check out spinningbabies -- they have a list of exercises and mama positions for good baby positions (how you tilt your pelvis affects what's comfy for the baby, and if the baby's not comfy head side down the baby's not going to want to be head side down). If you can afford a doula, they're amazing resources. I wish I'd had one with baby #1. If you want a well-researched list of information regarding when c-sections are necessary (and not), I'd highly suggest the Unnecessarian. As a bonus, her facebook page is hilarious.

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