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The Essential C-Section Guide: Pain Control, Healing at Home, Getting Your Body Back, and Everything Else You Need to Know About a Cesarean Birth Paperback – June 8, 2004
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“If you are a patient who has had or is about to have a Cesarean delivery, this comprehensive book will explain it all for you in a clear, concise, and accurate manner.” —William Camann, M.D., director of obstetric anesthesia at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and professor of anesthesia at Harvard Medical School
"A most excellent, comprehensive source for just about any aspect of anticipating or recovering from Cesarean birth. It’s almost as good as having an experienced girlfriend in the hospital bed next to you. Take all the hospital days your insurance will give you, rest, nurse your baby and read this book.” —Peg Moline, Fit Pregnancy
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Childbirth is a life-altering experience for any woman, but a Cesarean delivery can be overwhelming, whether it's unexpected or planned. Despite the fact that roughly one in four babies in the United States is delivered by c-section, very little information about the experience is included in typical pregnancy books and physicians and childbirth educators often gloss over the details.
"The Essential C-Section Guide is written not only for women to read in preparation for a scheduled c-section and for those considered "high risk" who know that a c-section may become necessary but also for women recovering from an unexpected surgical delivery. This book provides answers to important questions about what the surgery entails, what a woman can expect as she recovers, and what considerations should be made for future pregnancies and deliveries.
With frank discussions about the physical and emotional aspects surrounding a c-section, the authors share comforting wisdom about early bonding, pain control, breastfeeding, infant care, healing from surgery, postpartum exercise, partner involvement, and much more, in detail not available anywhere else.
Written by authors who have firsthand knowledge of birth by c-section, "The Essential C-Section Guide is well-researched and addresses its unique concerns with intelligence and compassion.
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On a side note, I did enjoy that this is wrote by doctors who had C-sections themselves. Also, for women who are also disappointed about the fact that they have to have a C-section, I would think this book would be somewhat reassuring.
It has all the information, whether good or bad, and helps you plan for it all rather than being blind-sided by something that they may have left out as to not scare you. Nothing in the book scared me because it was very clear that some of the bad things "could" happen but maybe wasn't likely. I'm not one to freak out about bad or scary information and found the book incredibly helpful in preparing for my C-section both mentally & emotionally and I would highly recommend it for those who are on that same path.
If you're pregnant and wondering how to prepare in the event of a c-section, get this book. It will give you a little peace of mind.
I'm only giving it 4 stars because I wish it had talked a little more about the procedure itself and how doctors need to sew up several layers... etc. TMI, but if you've had a c-section, you know what i'm talking about.