The following is written by Elizabeth McGee at http://www.worry-free-c-section.com/
Not expecting to deliver by c-section? Ah, but you could!
One of the most amazing statistics today is the one surrounding the birth of your baby.
What I'm referring to is having a c-section birth.
According to WebMD.com, nearly 32% of all births results in C-Section.That means that you have about a 1 in 3 chance of having a c-section.
Why is that?
To accurately answer this question, it helps to know why a c-section is necessary. The four most common medical reasons for having a c-section birth are repeat c sections, failure of labor to progress, breech presentation and fetal distress.
There has also been a decline in VBAC births (vaginal birth after c-section), due in part to hospitals and physicians banning VBACs based on cost concerns and fear of liability.
In addition we're also seeing more moms electing to have a c-section due to convenience and/or the fear of the pain of childbirth.
Most first time moms don't typically plan on having a c-section unless her health or the health of her baby is at risk. However for a healthy first time mom a c-section may never come into question until after many hours of labor.
So what does this mean for you as a pregnant mom?
It means that you should be ready for the possibility of having a c-section.
It's almost impossible to predict whether a woman will experience failure to progress or encounter fetal distress during labor but these are two very common scenarios.
But more importantly, you should also understand why c-sections are performed and what your options may be based on medical conditions at the time.
Having a c-section doesn't have to be a horrible event, but there can be high anxiety and moments of fear if a c-section is unexpected.
My advice to you is to clearly understand why a c-section may be necessary, what you can do to possibly prevent one and have a plan in the event it is necessary. Understanding what can happen during a c-section,and making decisions about medical options such as anesthesia,breastfeeding and medications can make a big difference not only in the birthing experience itself but in your bonding with baby and recovery as well.
C-sections are often a very necessary procedure and if there comes a time when it's the best option for you, you'll be less stressed and much more at ease if you’re are first prepared.
By Elizabeth McGee at Worry-free-C-Section.com/