Cesarean Section Resources
Childbirth Connection's Pregnancy Topic on C-SectionWe provide in-depth coverage through our Pregnancy Topic to help inform you about cesarean section and how it compares with vaginal birth:
Other Childbirth Connection Resources Relating to Cesarean Section
Resources for Learning More About Cesarean SectionCaesarean.org.uk: Caesarean Birth and VBAC Information: information and support on many aspects of cesarean and vaginal birth after cesarean, including articles and cesarean birth plan
International Cesarean Awareness Network (ICAN): a nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve maternal-child health by preventing unnecessary cesareans, providing support for cesarean recovery, and promoting vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC); includes a page of ICAN White Papers
National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence: Caesarean Section: this clinical guideline offers evidence-based advice on the care of women who have had, may need, or are considering having a cesarean section. A version for patients is also available as an MS download.
Videos of Cesarean Section SurgeryHartford Hospital: Birth by Cesarean Section
University of Michigan: Surgical Video, Cesarean Delivery
Photos of Cesarean and Vaginal Birth, and of C-Section Belly ScarsCesarean.org.uk: Caesarean Scar Pictures
PattiRamos.com: Caesarean Birth and Cesarean Scar Gallery (pictures): a photographer, birth educator and doula displays photos of cesarean birth, as well as photos of cesarean section scars.
Resource for Finding a Local Caregiver and a Place of BirthInternational Cesarean Awareness Network: ICAN Chapters: provides information about area hospitals and caregivers, sharing and getting support, and making change in the community.
U.S. Cesarean Section RatesMap showing state-level cesarean rates in the U.S.: shows considerable variation across states. This is also the case for caregivers and hospitals.
Baby in a Breech (Buttocks- or Feet-First) Position ResourcesAmerican Academy of Family Physicians: What Can I Do If My Baby is Breech?: describes external version, and the process of turning babies to a head-first position. Available in English and Spanish.
World Health Organization: External Version: Cochrane review on the use of external cephalic version for breech presentation. Links to related videos are also available.
Resources for a Long and Possibly Difficult Labor
The Cesarean Section Experience and C-Section Recovery ResourcesBirth Rites: Healing After Caesarean: an online version of a 52-page booklet covering physical and emotional recovery, planning future births and vaginal birth after cesarean.
CSectionRecovery.com: Practical Tips for Cesarean Recovery: includes online forums and pages on the following topics: general cesarean section resources, emotional recovery and postpartum, depression, postpartum doulas, breastfeeding, exercise, medical and statistical information.
Emotional Recovery From a Cesarean: in-depth discussion about many dimensions of this topic, including grief, bonding, breastfeeding, future pregnancies, and resources.
Resources for Help for Cesarean Section Recovery While Caring for a NewbornDONA International: Find a Postpartum Doula: an online directory for support, advice and assistance with your recovery, your baby's needs, your relationships, and household tasks.
The Postpartum Doula's Role in Maternity Care: DONA International's position paper on the postpartum doula's role in maternity care.
Peer Support Resources for Thoughts and Feelings About Cesarean BirthInternational Cesarean Awareness Network: ICAN Chapters: an online directory for finding local chapters; also provides information for finding local contacts and starting a chapter
iVillage Message Board on Cesarean Birthing: offers discussions and support for physical and emotional aspects of having a c-section and information and guidance for those undergoing a cesarean birth
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