First, let me be clear that there is NO ROOM for us to shame or guilt anyone about C-Sections. Birth is birth. However your baby enters the world, I’m here to support!
Okay, let’s dive into the good stuff.
What is a C-Section?
A cesarean or c-section is a surgical delivery of a newborn through a series of 7 incisions through the abdomen and uterus.
C-sections can be a life saving surgery and sometimes the safest delivery method, but for low-risk pregnancies, c-sections actually pose greater risks to maternal health and life. Most pregnant people rightfully want to avoid them. The US levels for c-section are currently too high (about 32% of all births).
Did you know Doulas decrease the risk of cesarean by 39%?
The 615 Doula Co Approach
With all my clients, we sit down together and create a c-section plan in case that becomes the route for your baby to be born. Even with a c-section, you have options, and I am here to help you understand those options and feel confident in the plan that we’ve established.
Sources // CDC, Evidence Based Birth, ACOG
Oh the controversial topic of Epidurals... Often, our views on such topics are predetermined due to stories we've heard from family or friends. It's so important that YOU decide what is best for YOUR experience. No matter what you decide, please know that you are strong and capable!
Let’s dive into some epidural basics.
What is an epidural?
An epidural works to significantly reduce pain during labor and delivery, though a sense of intense pressure is often still present. An epidural is a nerve block delivered through a small, flexible tube (catheter) that is inserted into the spine at the small of the back. They are used for both vaginal and c-section deliveries. When given an epidural, a pump is also placed at the bedside so the mother can choose to push the button to receive a controlled boost. Some epidurals are lighter doses and you may still be able to lift your legs while in the bed. With a higher dose epidural you may not be able to move your legs. Your upper body is not affected. You are awake and alert. It takes about 10-15 minutes to take effect and sometimes things have to be adjusted.
IV’s are given with epidurals. IV fluids can cause retained water weight in the mother and baby. If the breast is swollen from fluids, this can impact the baby’s ability to latch for breastfeeding. IV fluids also can slightly increase a baby's weight, so when they naturally lose that water weight, it may inflate how much weight a baby has truly lost and cause some anxiety in mothers and pediatricians.
The 615 Doula Co Approach
Doula support is correlated with fewer requests for pain medication, however, I proudly support women that are planning for either option! As your doula, I will be right by your side as you and your family make this tough choice.
Sources // Evidence Based Birth, DONA, National Library of Medicine, Stanford Study
We grow up hearing birth stories and so many of them are not positive. The moment you tell someone you are pregnant, they share a birth story. These stories shape our view of birth, often negatively. A big part of preparing for birth is redefining perceptions. Affirmations are one tool we can use to reset our perceptions around birth.
Most of us use affirmations in our daily life, though not always intentionally or positively. We often say or think negative or limiting thoughts, especially about birth. For instance, “I’m sure something is going to go wrong.”; “We don’t know what we are doing.”; “I’ll probably end up with a c-section.” etc.
The goal of setting intentional, positive affirmations is to reinforce your vision for your birth and mitigate negative thoughts. They are part of the internal work we can do to prepare for a powerful birth. They are an opportunity to build your internal connections and show yourself (and your baby) loving support.
Affirmations do not guarantee that you will have a specific type of birth, but they are helpful in shifting mindsets to ones of empowerment and love, instead of fear.