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What If I Have a C-Section? Paperback – August 26, 2004

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“This book is chock full of accurate and important information about c-sections. Rubin's writing style and sense of humor makes for an easy and enjoyable read. It's a must-read for all women who are or plan to be pregnant, and all those who love them.” ―Catherine De Angelis, Editor-in-Chief, Journal of the American Medical Association

“Excellent reading...highly informative and clinically accurate...the best lay text I have ever seen on the subject or any other medical condition for that matter.” ―Carolyn M Zelop, MD, Director of Maternal Fetal Medicine, St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center, Hartford, CT

“Rita Rubin has given all expectant mothers a wonderful shower gift-a practical, concise yet comprehensive book on Cesarean delivery. Having observed first hand Rubin's journalistic skill, objectivity and thoroughness in covering women's health issues, I am not at all surprised by the excellence of this book.” ―Charles J. Lockwood, MD, Chair, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, Yale University School of Medicine

“The current rise in the popularity of caesarian delivery demands an unbiased and informed look at the risks and benefits of this major surgical procedure. WHAT IF I HAVE A C-SECTION provides exactly that. It's must reading for all pregnant women.” ―Christiane Northrup, MD, author of Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom (Bantam, 1998) and The Wisdom of Menopause (Bantam, 2001)

“This book is a wonderful, reassuring resource for mothers-to-be everywhere. I highly recommend it.” ―Helain J. Landy, MD, Director, Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellowship Program, and Director, Labor & Delivery, Georgetown University Hospital

“The book is well-written and complete. Rita quotes a broad range of experts. Her use of personal stories from the public brings the concepts discussed into a practical and human llevel.” ―Michele Lauria, MD, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Dartmouth Medical School

About the Author

Rita Rubin is a prize-winning health journalist and the medical reporter for USA Today. Formerly medical reporter for U.S. News & World Report, Rubin has written for Health, Ladies Home Journal, The Journal of General Internal Medicine, and Reader's Digest, among many other medical and lay publications. She lives in Bethesda, Maryland.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books; 1 edition (September 8, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1579549071
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579549077
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,349,708 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Andrea on September 15, 2004
Format: Paperback
As a pregnant woman a couple weeks from her due date, I found "What If I Have a C-Section?" a real wake-up call about the possibility I might end up with a surgical delivery-which happens at my hospital more than 1 in 5 times (and according to the book, even more often nationwide). Rubin helps sort out the myths from the facts, sneaking in a LOT of scientific information while she keeps the book light and readable. I still hope to avoid a C-section, and now I feel like I have a better idea how to plan for contingencies in labor and what questions to ask my doctor and the hospital staff if vaginal delivery gets stalled or becomes problematic. I'm going to get another copy of the book for a friend who is going to have a scheduled C-section due to medical reasons, because I think the book will be just as useful for her in laying out how the procedure happens, details on recovery, and information on vaginal births in the future once you've had a Cesarean delivery. Really worth reading!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Beth on December 1, 2004
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This book proved more helpful than I could have imagined! I ended up having an emergency C-section and was glad that I had reviewed this book in advance. Afterwards, I didn't have a lot of free time to read, but this book proved succinct and easy to reference with my "now what?" questions.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kim on December 29, 2004
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Even though more women are having c-sections than ever before, I'd prefer not to have one. But, until I happened to come across this book, I didn't think there was much I could do to avoid having a c-section. I found a lot of good advice in this book about what I can do now, early in my pregnancy, to raise my chances of delivering my baby vaginally next summer. And if I do end up needing a c-section after all, I think I'll be better prepared for having read What If I Have a C-Section?, because it goes into a lot of detail about the operation itself and recovery.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chris C. Tirpak on November 21, 2007
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Very handy format! Loved the sections entitled WORDS FROM THE WISE and TALKING POINTS! This book has great "zoom-in" capability with a focus on the most important considerations in make a decision on whether or not to have a C-section. A must-read for every mother-to-be. Thanks, Rita Rubin!
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