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Cesarean Section

Aren't All Birth Stories the Same?

Whitney Fleming | Posted 11.17.2014 | 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.

Woman Who Wasn't Pregnant Gets C-section

AP | Posted 01.23.2014 | Latino Voices

SAO PAULO (AP) — Officials in southeastern Brazil say doctors performed a cesarean section on a 37-year-old woman only to discover that she wasn't p...

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.

'Great News' About New C-Section Findings

AP | MIKE STOBBE | Posted 06.27.2013 | Parents

ATLANTA -- Not only has the nation's high level of C-sections finally stopped rising, but more of the operations are taking place closer to the mother...

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.

How to Choose a Birthing Class

Brandy Ferner | Posted 10.31.2012 | Parents
Brandy Ferner

Just like the millions of parenting choices just around the bend, you can't know beforehand if you're making the right choice. So, what's a parent to do? Open up, get educated, get in tune with yourself and lovingly move forward, knowing you are doing the best you can.

Birth in Brazil

Ricki Lake | Posted 05.07.2012 | Impact
Ricki Lake

The cultural fear is so intense that many Brazilian women are terrified of experiencing even the slightest contraction and believe that a vaginal birth will damage their bodies irreparably. Secondly, the physicians and pediatricians do not practice in groups and must be on call for their private patients 24/7.

The Journey to Labor Land: How Women Can Reclaim Their Birth Rights

Lindsay Pyfer | Posted 06.22.2012 | Parents
Lindsay Pyfer

No wonder so many women these days are leery of natural childbirth -- or even vaginal birth -- not realizing how perfectly their bodies are designed for it. As are babies.

Catherine Pearson

C-Sections Not Always Best For Preemies

HuffingtonPost.com | Catherine Pearson | Posted 02.15.2012 | Parents

Cesarean sections may not be best for preterm babies who are small for their gestational age, a new study found. It suggests than those infants have n...

For Healthier Moms and Babies, X-Out Repeat C-Sections

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 03.24.2012 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

Preliminary figures from the Centers for Disease control include a promising bit of news for women's health: for the first time in a decade, the rate of cesarean section births dropped.

Mom Gives Birth To Miracle Baby

The Huffington Post | Jessica Samakow | Posted 01.03.2012 | Parents

Nilda Vargas, a 37-year-old police officer in the Bronx gave birth to 6-pound 4-ounce Ayden, who she calls her "miracle baby" on Wednesday. In 2008, V...

C-sections and Pre-term Births on the Decline -- Is There a Link?

Adam Wolfberg, M.D. | Posted 01.21.2012 | Healthy Living
Adam Wolfberg, M.D.

The c-section rate in the U.S. actually declined in 2010 from the previous year (from 32.9 percent to 32.8 percent) for the first time in a decade, and the preterm birth rate dropped for the fourth straight year to 12 percent.

Too Posh To Push? C-sections On Demand

AP | By MARIA CHENG | Posted 01.09.2012 | Parents

LONDON -- Pregnant women in Britain, where the government provides free health care, may soon be able to get a cesarean section on demand thanks to a ...