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Cesarean Section

Choosing a C-Section: A Modern Controversy

KidsInTheHouse.com | Posted 06.03.2016 | Parents
KidsInTheHouse.com

Is it a matter of sticking to tradition, or do those against elective C-sections really have an argument worth listening to?

The No-Glow Pregnancy and Unexpected Birth Story

Linda Scruggs | Posted 05.09.2016 | Women
Linda Scruggs

As a mom of two little humans, a fertility nurse, and writer for clinical content and patient education, you'd think I would've done this ages ago. I've tried to write it tons of times but can never seem to get it done. Every time it doesn't feel like something I should share. It never started with a glowing pregnancy, and it wasn't real pretty -- all the way through -- BOTH times. No glow zone, ladies.

5 Unique Aspects of a Family-Centered C-Section

Jessica N. Turner | Posted 04.12.2016 | Parents
Jessica N. Turner

I ended 2014 at the hospital having my third child, on Dec. 31, via Cesarean section. I had never had surgery before and wasn't nervous until they wheeled me to the operating room. It was so sterile and felt a LOT different than my two previous, natural births.

15 Intimate Birth Photos That Show How Beautiful C-Sections Can Be

The Huffington Post | Catherine Pearson | Posted 04.12.2016 | Parents

Roughly one in three births in the United States is via C-section, many of which are performed at a moment's notice during true emergencies in order t...

Getting the Birth I Wanted: My Crazy, Beautiful, Unpredictable Journey From C-Section to Natural Vaginal Birth

Rhoda Jordan | Posted 09.05.2015 | Parents
Rhoda Jordan

"Our only option right now is a C-section." As I lay there in the hospital bed, this news hit me like a mad flurry of fists to the top of my skull.

Mourning the Loss of Your Birth Experience

Jennifer Sullivan | Posted 07.01.2015 | Parents
Jennifer Sullivan

Do not be afraid to take the time to mourn the loss of the experience you anticipated. But in doing so, remember to celebrate the opportunity you still have in front of you to form memories of all of the moments you'll have beyond.

Steps Forward in Haiti, Steps Backward at Home

Susan M. Blaustein | Posted 06.30.2015 | Impact
Susan M. Blaustein

Things got off to a slower-than-usual start one hot morning in June, at the Alyans Sante Borgne (ASB) Women's Health mobile clinic in Tibouk, a tiny riverside market town in northernmost Haiti.

Photographer Documents C-Section To Show 'There Is No Right Or Wrong Way' To Give Birth

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 09.23.2015 | Parents

New Zealand-based photographer and mom of three Keri-Anne Dilworth has been taking pictures of births for four years, and during that time, she's had ...

From Germ Theory to the Microbiome: Why Microbes Still Rule Our Lives

Alanna Collen | Posted 05.20.2016 | Healthy Living
Alanna Collen

We now have an opportunity to shift the focus from simply diagnosing and treating ill health to understanding, curing and preventing it. Caring for our microbes gives us a chance to conquer this new wave of illness, and live healthier, happier lives.

9 Real Things No One Tells You About Having A C-Section

Kate Auletta | Posted 06.28.2015 | Parents
Kate Auletta

In an attempt to be the Friend Who Gives You Unsolicited But Useful Advice, here are some things you need to know if you have a C-section, courtesy of yours truly.

Aren't All Birth Stories the Same?

Whitney Fleming | Posted 01.17.2015 | Parents
Whitney Fleming

No one was safe. I vomited on my husband, and then continued heaving for 45 minutes while the doctor tried to sew me up as I swore to her that I did not eat anything after the ice cream sundae I devoured at 9:30 the previous night.

Not How It Was Supposed to Happen

John Corcoran | Posted 11.09.2014 | Parents
John Corcoran

On the monitor appears a few ripples of static. It reminds me of an air traffic controller's monitor with no planes appearing in view. She moves the ultrasound wand around some more. We are all squinting at the screen.

Pregnant Mom Says Hospital Threatened To Call Child Services Unless She Has C-Section

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 07.29.2014 | Parents

Jennifer Goodall wants to have a vaginal birth, but she says a hospital in Florida has threatened to report her to child welfare authorities unless sh...

Q&A With Rufi Thorpe About Her Novel "The Girls from Corona del Mar"

Mary Pauline Lowry | Posted 09.27.2014 | Books
Mary Pauline Lowry

Rufi Thorpe's powerful debut novel, The Girls from Corona del Mar (Knopf), tells the story of the 20-year friendship between Mia and Lorrie Ann, two girls who grow up together in the eponymous Orange County beach town.

Recalibrating Our Expectations of Childbirth

Cara Paiuk | Posted 08.09.2014 | Parents
Cara Paiuk

Most births don't have complications but some do, and it is unfortunate when women feel they or their births are failures for failing to meet their preconceived notions of success. Women should strive for a birth that is manageable and meaningful, but without a sense of entitlement that it must be fast, painless, and stoic.

#WhatMothersNeed This Mother's Day

Debra L. Ness | Posted 07.11.2014 | Women
Debra L. Ness

So, although flowers, brunch and other gifts are a fine way to show the mothers in your life that you care, take some time this Mother's Day to think about the challenges facing America's mothers and families.

Christy Turlington Burns: C-Sections Shouldn't Be The Norm

HuffPost Live | Posted 05.09.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

Christy Turlington Burns spent many years on catwalks and in the pages of magazines, but these days the supermodel is spending her time advocating for...

12 Things I Loved About My C-Section

K.K. Goldberg | Posted 05.12.2014 | Parents
K.K. Goldberg

C-sections are often hailed as unnecessary, agonizing and overused. On this topic, I can speak only for myself. That said, strange as it sounds, there were things I actually loved about my surgical birth.

I Won't Judge What You Do With Your Privates, If You Don't Judge What I Do With Mine

Karri-Leigh P. Mastrangelo | Posted 03.19.2014 | Parents
Karri-Leigh P. Mastrangelo

It doesn't matter to me whether I gave birth via vaginal delivery or Cesarean section. It doesn't matter to me whether I gave birth with the help of (FDA approved) drugs or just the soothing smell of lavender. In the end, I did what any mother would do. I gave birth.

My Not So Scary C-Section

Cara Paiuk | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Cara Paiuk

Sometimes they are medically necessary. Mine was and yours may be too. My baby and I survived just fine. The recovery was manageable. If you need to have one, it will not be the end of the world.

Expecting a Good (Cesarean) Birth

Anne Drapkin Lyerly, MD, MA | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Anne Drapkin Lyerly, MD, MA

It's time for us to dispense with the battle lines that have marked conversations about birth for decades -- and that have led us to neglect the important task of finding and facilitating the good in cesareans and other births where technology is desired or needed.

The Patient's Role in Hospital Safety

Dr. Andrew Agwunobi | Posted 10.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Andrew Agwunobi

I wish I could say I learned the lesson about the necessity for patients to be assertive from my career as a hospital CEO, but I actually learned it from my wife Elizabeth the day she gave birth to our first daughter.

Words That Heal: Cesarean Birth

Brandy Ferner | Posted 10.08.2013 | Parents
Brandy Ferner

This important role you have usually coincides with a very vulnerable window of time in these women's lives (possibly even the most vulnerable time of their lives), so the words you choose have immense power to heal, support and empower them -- or do the opposite.

LOOK: Hospital Live Tweets A C-Section

Posted 02.21.2013 | Parents

We've heard of moms in labor tweeting from the delivery room, but until yesterday, we had never witnessed surgeons sending minute-by-minute updates du...

Here's One Way to Make Childbirth Safer

Randi Hutter Epstein, MD, MPH | Posted 03.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Randi Hutter Epstein, MD, MPH

I am glad that Johnson renewed the much-needed attention to the dangers of childbirth. But I hope that his piece does not reignite the overly-simplistic midwife vs. doctor debate. What we need is a healthy dialogue between these two groups of experts.