Cesarean Birth

Cesarean on Demand – What Do Obstetricians Think?

In 2007, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists published an important and interesting study asking practicing obstetricians about their knowledge, beliefs, and practices regarding the risks and benefits of elective (not medically indicated) and non-elective cesarean delivery, as well as their counseling practices and department policies regarding elective cesarean. About half of the obstetricians
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“Natural” Cesarean?

This is fascinating – although an oxymoron (natural cesarean?), it immediately and instinctively appealed to me as a midwife. (Photo is of a cesarean in rural Nepal) In recent years, even as the cesarean rate has soared, research has acknowledged and supported the advantages of natural vaginal birth including physiological resuscitation as the baby descends
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Cesarean births increase risk for strokes

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Pregnant women who have a cesarean delivery appear to be more likely to suffer a stroke during the following year than women who give birth normally, researchers in Taiwan have shown. Dr. Herng-Ching Lin and colleagues at Taipei Medical University report this finding from a study of medical records from
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Who’s at Risk of a Bad Outcome with Trial of Labor after Cesarean?

How should childbearing women with a history of cesarean be counseled about the optimal mode of delivery with their current pregnancy? The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has moved back and forth on its official position over the past 15 years. veering sharply toward a conservative philosophy after a single paper (Lydon-Rochelle et al,
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