general websites are a great place to start to learn
about c-sections or to get answers to specific questions.
Also see the FAQ.
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Every Pregnant Woman Needs to Know About Cesarean Section
Childbirth Connection publication covering all the
basics about c-sections. Does not include information about
healing, but is a good place to start when learning about c-sections
and issues which can contribute to them. Updated in 2012.
Mayo Clinic: Caesarean Birth and the Road to Recovery
Amazing and thorough examination of c-section birth and recovery.
Starts with information about the operating room and carries you through
recovery at home and breastfeeding. Authoritative content from a very
Cesarean Awareness Network, Inc. (ICAN) Online The International
Cesarean Awareness Network, Inc. (ICAN) is a nonprofit
organization that focuses on improving maternal-child health
by preventing unnecessary cesareans through education,
providing support for cesarean recovery, and promoting
Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC). The site has extensive
resources including statistics, white papers and a reading
list. Also hosts a very active mailing list. Especially
focuses on preventing c-sections and helping mom's navigate
their way to a successful VBAC.
Information for the public Created by a branch of the UK NHS named
NICE (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence), this brochure
(available as a PDF) includes more than 50 pages of everything a woman
facing or recovering from a c-section needs to know. Especially applicable
for those in the UK
Caesarian Tips And
Advice (many short helpful tips) Great website with many
short practical tips and answers to common questions
about c-sections. I especially love the "Hospital Stay"
and "Back at Home" sections. Take some time to read through
their top tips and then explore the different sub topics
that are of greatest interest to you.
Birth: Your Guide & Resource To Caesareans This was a great
site that seems to have become defunct in mid-2012 (now linked to via the InternetArchive WaybackMachine). It covers a great range of recovery issues including
everything from "Caesarean Related Pains & Discomforts"
to "Caring For a Caesarean Incision". This site has a wealth
of information organized well and tackling all the issues
you could hope for. Take a look here for tips, answers
to questions and information about VBACs. To quote the
site directly: "The goal of CaesareanBirth.Com is to
create a website that provides information on all aspects
of Caesarean Sections & VBACs while providing a warm
atmosphere and plenty of reader communication."
Birthrites - Healing After
Caesarean Inc. An Australian non-profit group
aiming to: "provide an emotional and physical support
network for all women who've had a previous c/section....lobby
to reduce the c/section rate and increase public awareness
of the safety of VBAC/EBAC (Vaginal Birth After Caesarean/Empowered
Birth After Caesarean), by promoting ourselves within
the health community. This site has tons of information
including info about healing, VBACs, planning a positive caesarean,
support groups in Australia and much, much more. I especially
like their booklet: Caesarean Birth:
Making Informed Choices - it is very in
depth and has a wealth of information both about c-sections
in general as well as specific tips for physical and emotional
Network: Cesarean This website has a number
of short articles and answers to basic questions. Includes
articles by pregnancy and baby book author Ann Douglas.
After a Cesarean Basic information about
the first phases of c-section recovery. 2 pages. Nothing
too in depth, but probably worth at least skimming to ensure
that you have heard all this before.
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