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Cesarean Section: Understanding and Celebrating Your Baby's Birth (A Johns Hopkins Press Health Book) Paperback – April 7, 2003

ISBN-13: 978-0801873379 ISBN-10: 0801873371 Edition: 1st

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  • Series: A Johns Hopkins Press Health Book
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press; 1 edition (April 7, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801873371
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801873379
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.7 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,069,839 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Congratulations to the authors of this sensible book, which gives information to dispel the myths and settle the arguments surrounding cesarean section in a nonthreatening way... I recommend all pregnant women take the opportunity to read this book and discuss its content with their doctor or midwife.

(Ian Jones Medicine)

About the Author

Michele Moore, MD, FAAFP, is a physician who emphasizes integrated preventive health care, focusing on chronic illnesses, allergies, environmental medicine, and acupuncture. She was written and lectured extensively on women's health care and holistic medicine, and is the author of The Only Menopause Guide You'll Need, also available from Johns Hopkins. Caroline de Costa, MD, FRCOG, FRACOG, MPH, is a practicing obstetrician and professor of obstetrics and gynecology at James Cook University Medical School, Cairns, Australia.


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I make sure all my friends have the opportunity to be prepared if things go awry during their pregnancy or labor.
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This book is designed to give you the tools you'll need to prepare for said possibility.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By queenie on August 30, 2004
Format: Paperback
I found this book really good and helpful. I read it overseas when I was about to try for a vaginal birth after my first Csection (VBAC) The authors explained everything that was involved and how the main thing is to have a healthy baby, that was very reassuring. In the end I had another C but felt I had done my best. It is full of information about going home after a C, how to cope, getting over the surgery that I wished I had known the first time, and it does talk about painful scars. I recommend it to anyone who has had or might have a Csection. Queenie
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jody Stroud on December 1, 2004
Format: Paperback
I am the mum on the cover. I was approached to have the photos when I was due with my 3rd child. If I had this book when I had my first child I would have been more prepared for the let down I suffered from not being able to deliver my child naturally. I feel that this should be part of any childbirth class. Too little focus is put on C-Sections. Being unprepared for them is a very daunting experience that I would hate for anyone to go through.

By the way, baby and mother are doing fine here down under.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Elizabear on November 21, 2003
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This is a very good book with an excellent examination of the whys and hows of C-sections. I'm recommending this one for the library at my birth center because it's very helpful in presenting medical information to a layman audience without talking down to them, and it even helped me understand my medical record. While I believe my C was necessary for the health of the child (whether or not I should have been induced is another issue) and I did not have any depression about it, I really liked that the authors want people to understand what happened to them and to hopefully receive some peace about having had a C if they have feelings of failure.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By S. Densmore on October 22, 2009
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This is a phenomenal book about an issue that is obviously important to many current and soon-to-be mothers. Making the decision to give birth with a c-section is not something to be taken lightly, nor is it one that can be made by anybody other than the mother and doctor. I'm writing this as a husband and father who is about to help -- in as much as I can -- his wife give birth again. My wife was sharing some of the negative reviews of this book earlier, and I had to put my thoughts down. My purpose here is two-fold: to endorse this book and to also counteract the unnecessarily personal attacks of the few negative reviews.

First, this book. We read through it in the library last night and were awe-struck at the fact that there was finally an objective description of what a c-section is, how and why it's done, and any complications that may arise. Our first was born 10 years ago through emergency c-section after 17 hours of what can only be described as Herculean labor. He wasn't dropping, but my wife was fully dilated and experience chart-breaking contractions. Induction could have either harmed him or her, so we opted for the operation. We thought we had failed in our quest for the perfect birth. Even though he's awesome, healthy, and both he and my wife came out shiny, we thought we had failed. If this book was around at that time, perhaps we would not have been living in guilt all this time.

Secondly, to those of you who seem to think that a negative review of this book is the same as a slam against women who choose c-sections. Who do you think you are? The whole purpose of feminism and equal rights is to allow all people -- male and female -- the right to make their own decisions in their own way.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jona Pavlova on May 17, 2007
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We are happy to agree with Rfolger. Cesareans should be for medical indications and that is exactly what we say in the book. Our figures are also close to his/hers. However there are also some women who having considered the options request the operation without major medical indications - that is a matter for them and their doctors, like everything else in a woman's decisions about her reproductive functions.Our aim is to provide sensible accurate information to women who have already had a Csection or face the prospect of having one. Not every woman can safely have a vaginal birth and no woman should end up feeling bad about her birth method because she had a Csection.Caroline de Costa
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 9, 2003
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You couldn't ask for a better look at "surgical birth", as the authors call it. While this is quite a thin book, it adequately covers everything an expectant mother needs to know. Chapters include "Why are Cesarean Sections Performed?", "A Brief History of Cesarean Section", "What Happens in Cesarean Section and Who Performs the Surgery", "Considering the Risks of Cesarean Section" as well as discussions of recovery, postpartum depression, and contraception choices. This book takes the hype and argument out of C-sections. I've read several of the "big" books of childbirth, and none of them covered Cesareans as completely and honestly as this one.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Koren Oransky on June 24, 2008
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I was looking for a book that would tell me more than just the politically correct viewpoint of c-sections, and I found it in this one. The information on recovery was particularly good. Even though it didn't cover the reason for my c-section (cord presentation), or what one of my best friends experienced during her delivery (vasa previa), I felt it did give me plenty of information about other reasons a c-section might be used.

Best of all, it didn't give the usual "sorry about that, honey....maybe next time you can have a VBAC and finally be a REAL woman" tone when it came to discussions about what could happen with subsequent births. That alone made it a must-read for anyone recovering from the procedure.
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