Revised Edition: What Every Pregnant Woman Needs To Know About Cesarean Section (2012)



About What Every Pregnant Woman Needs to Know About Cesarean Section


If you're expecting a baby, there's a good chance you've wondered if you'll have a vaginal birth or a cesarean section (c-section). Maybe you talked about your chance of having a c-section with your doctor or midwife. You might even wonder if a c-section is easier or safer than vaginal birth. It's important to get the facts and understand your options, so you can be prepared to make the best decisions for you and your baby.

What Every Pregnant Woman Needs To Know About Cesarean Section is based on a thorough review of the research. It answers these questions:

  • Which is safer, vaginal birth or c-section?
  • What are the possible benefits and harms of vaginal birth and c-section?
  • What is it like to have a c-section?
  • If my doctor or midwife suggests a c-section, how should I decide if it is right for me?
  • Is it possible to safely prevent a c-section?
  • What happens if I need a c-section?

Most recent page update: 2/7/2013


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