DO YOU REALLY NEED THAT ‘RECOMMENDED’ CAESAREAN?
There are only a few valid medical reasons for a woman needing a caesarean section. AND THEY ARE RARE!
PROBLEM: there is a lot of fear around birthing. If a woman is fearful during pregnancy, anticipating a long, hard, painful labour and birth, then that is most likely, what she will experience. And if a woman has fear then her attention is easily drawn to people who are very willing to validate her fears – there is nothing wrong with a caesarean, it’s O.K., don’t listen to the hippy ‘normal’ birth advocates. G.P’s, Obstetricians, celebrities, are often the loudest supporters of elective caesarean, citing a woman’s right to choose! When often the real reason behind the medically ‘recommended caesarean’ is convenience and money.
PROBLEM: THE FEAR is not being addressed. It is in the ‘too hard’ basket for most in the medical world, not to mention, time consuming.
PROBLEM: When you live in a country where the caesarean section rate far exceeds what the WHO recommends for Australia, the higher the caesarean rate becomes, it is more acceptable as ‘the norm’.
I am seeing increasing numbers of women who are traumatised by their caesarean, confused about the ‘reasons’ given, and angry about the lack of information given about the inevitable side effects to Mum and baby, including establishing breastfeeding and bonding.
QUESTIONING AND NEGOTIATING
We know the caesarean rate in private hospitals is much higher than public hospitals. So if you are hoping for, dreaming about, planning for a beautiful normal birthing experience for you and your baby, and your ‘caregiver’ suggests a caesarean, you must, on behalf of your baby, research, question and negotiate.
- Ask for medical evidence?
- Where is the research?
- What are some other options?
- Why are you suggesting this?
AN AVERTED CAESAREAN!
Anna, attending a Birth Centre, was told baby was in breech position at 37 wks. Anna was devastated when she was then advised her only option was a caesarean. Luckily for Anna she had a doula who was able to organise a second opinion with an obstetrician who was experienced and confident in vaginal breech birth. Anna transferred to a different hospital and went on to have a beautiful vaginal breech birth on a mat on the floor in a Delivery Suite. She was elated, for her and her baby.
DOULAS WITH INSIDE KNOWLEDGE
Our Birth Right doulas have the inside knowledge and skills to help you negotiate and source other safe options.
No woman should ever go into labour holding on to fear – you have the power to change that!
Hypnotherapy can easily and effortlessly eliminate fears and anxieties and whilst many prenatal classes discuss fears, they can only be truly eliminated in hypnosis, with a skilled practitioner.
Do you want a calm, enjoyable birthing experience for you and your baby?