Friday, September 19, 2014

10 Things You Can Do To Lower Your Chance of Having an Unnecessary Cesarean

1. Be aware that your choices in pregnancy and labor can have a BIG impact on your chance of having a cesarean. c-section-birth

2. Choose a care provider with a low cesarean rate and similar birth preferences to your's. 

3. Hire a doula. Studies show that this can lower your chance of a cesarean by up to 50%!

4. Choose positions in in pregnancy and labor that help your baby to get in the best position for an easier birth.

5. Read a lot of birth stories from woman with atypical labors to see how wide the range of normal is in labor.

6. Trust your body to birth your baby; it's what you are designed for!

7. Switch to a new care provider if you feel you are being led toward unnecessary intervention or a scheduled cesarean.

8. Avoid common hospital procedures that increase your chances of a cesarean, like induction, epidurals, pitocin, or breaking the bag of waters.

9. Be informed. When faced with any (routine or emergency) procedure, ask:
    Why it is being done in my case?
    What are the short and long term effects on me and my baby?
    What are my other options?

10. Last but not least, contact your friendly ICAN of Jackson chapter for more information and       support! We hold free monthly support/educational meetings. Contact us for more