Cesarean/VBAC

By: Nancy Cohen & Lois Estner

Often referred to as 'the bible of cesarean prevention,' Silent Knife discusses both the technical and emotional aspects of a cesarean and of Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC). Written in a style that leaves you feeling as if you're having a conversation with the author, readers often find within the pages a safe place to process their birth experiences, and learn how to plan a birth experience with a high likelihood of satisfaction and a low likelihood of needing surgical intervention.


By: Carl Jones

At the writing of this book, 1 in 4 babies were born by cesarean section surgery- today, that number is 1 in 3 babies. Most women who have a cesarean suffer pain and disappointment and search out ways to avoid the experience again. Filled with authoritative and practical information, this book points the way toward safe and positive vaginal birth for both first-time and post-cesarean parents.


By: Rita Rubin

Rubin's book looks at some reasons why cesareans are performed, what to expect during a cesarean, suggestions for communicating with your care providers to get what you want out of your birth experience, and how to sort through some of the controversy surrounding choices about cesareans. There are also some helpful talking points throughout the book which suggest questions to ask your care provider.


By: Chrissie Gallagher-Mundy

Covering the basics of what to expect during a cesarean, this book gives great details and tips about what to expect afterwards. Along with breastfeeding information, it also breaks down what to expect, and some suggestions on what you can do, during the first days and weeks of cesarean recovery.


By: Maureen Connolly and Dana Sullivan

This book helps women to know what to expect with a cesarean section, touches on both the physical and emotional aspects of healing, gives suggestions for pain management, and also provides a section on post-cesarean workouts. Although this book does a good job of providing general information, 'The Essential C-Section Guide' is anti-homebirth, without providing any evidence to support why they make such a stringent recommendation. ICAN believes that it is an individual woman's right and responsibility to make an informed decision on which birthing environment is best and safest for her and her baby. Please refer to the White Paper on Choosing Your Birthplace, found here: http://ican-online.net/resources/white_papers/wp_choose_birthplace.pdf. Otherwise, the tips for healing can be incredibly helpful.


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