Caesareans are a possible outcome of any birth. Even the most straightforward pregnancy can end this way. Being prepared for such an eventuality can significantly improve your chances of viewing a caesarean birth positively. Unfortunately many antenatal classes and birth books give very little information about caesareans, leaving women unprepared for this mode of birth.
This book has the facts and lots of ideas to help you prepare and recover:
- Why prepare for a caesarean birth?
- How to make the most of a caesarean birth, should you have one
- How to avoid a caesarean if possible
- How to improve your recovery
- What a caesarean birth is and why it might be necessary
- The benefits and risks of vaginal versus caesarean birth
- The implications of caesareans on future births
Covering every aspect of caesareans this book will help you to make confident, informed decisions about your birth. A positive birth experience will put you in a stronger position for your adventure into motherhood.
"I am so glad I read this book before my birth. I didn't intend having a caesarean but when it happened I wasn't at all frightened and I fed 'S' in the recovery room. This book thoroughly demystified caesarean birth for me, it is a must read for anyone planning to have a baby and I will definitely be buying it for my friends." Vicki (35)
"At long last pregnant women can get the unbiased and easily digestible information they need about caesareans. They can have useful discussions with their healthcare providers and make informed decisions about the birth of their baby" Bryan Beattie (MD FRCOG, Consultant in Fetal Medicine & Director of Innermost Secrets Ltd)
"Before reading it I had never considered what might happen if I needed a caesarean. I feel far more confident about my next birth." Samantha (32)
"This book should be required reading for professionals to enable them to respond to the needs of an increasingly informed group of women." Christa Greenacre (NCT teacher-retired)
Chapter 1: Caesareans explained
Chapter 2: Why prepare for a caesarean birth?
Chapter 3: I would prefer a caesarean
Chapter 4: I do not want a caesarean
Chapter 5: How can I make the most of my caesarean?
Chapter 6:How can I improve my recovery?
Chapter 7:I am the birth partner, what can I do?
Appendix A: The caesarean procedure
Appendix B: Why do caesareans happen?
Appendix C:The benefits and risks of caesarean and vaginal birth
Appendix D: Clinical definitions of difficult reactions
Appendix E: Birth guide template
Appendis F: Questions to ask your practitioners