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Cesarean Birth

Meet the Doula: Ashley Anders


Welcome to this month's installment of "Meet the Doula".  This month I have the pleasure of introducing you to one of the Valley's postpartum doulas, Ashley Anders.  I had the pleasure of meeting Ashley at an ICAN meeting last year, and I am happy to say we have kept in touch.  She is honored to serve her families, and as such, Ashley is dedicated to furthering her own education so that she can better serve her clients. I hope you enjoy our feature with our October 2016 doula: Ashley!

Uterine Rupture: Assessing the Risks

Uterine Rupture: Assessing the RisksThis was in posted April 2012 - updated April 2016
Uterine rupture is a topic that came up when I was pregnant with Otter that I was not ready to allow into my consciousness until she was safely in our arms.  After enough time had passed and we have proven to ourselves that homebirth can be a safe option when a person is healthy and low risk, I am ready to write about it.   

I gave Stephanie Stanley, former facilitator of the East Valley ICAN group, byline credit for this because I am using her research from a uterine rupture presentation she did at a meeting for my post today.

In Their Own Words: Daniella's Story

April is Cesarean Awareness Month. In order to expand the conversation around all the choices mothers have when preparing for a birth after a cesarean, we will share around cesarean birth journeys, and options that cesarean birth warriors have for subsequent pregnancies.  

If you would like to submit your story for our In Their Own Words series, please send your submission to krystyna{at}sweetpeabirths{dot}com.



Why I Chose to Have a Repeat Cesarean Birth

After the initial excitement and shock I felt after I looked at the pregnancy test and saw two lines my first thought was: “How do I want to deliver this baby?

What is ICAN?


Did you know there is an international organization dedicated to cesarean advocacy? The International Cesarean Awareness Network, known as "ICAN", is dedicated to the prevention of unnecessary primary cesareans, recovery support, and advocacy for birthing families. 

Thanks to information sharing at ICAN meetings, families are aware of the evidence in regards to a trial of labor after a cesarean (TOLAC), vaginal births after cesarean (VBAC) births, and options in the event a family chooses a cesarean birth after a cesarean (CBAC).

In Their Own Words: Annika's Story

April is Cesarean Awareness Month.  As such, the blog topics this month will focus around cesarean birth journeys, and options that cesarean birth warriors have for subsequent pregnancies.  

If you would like to submit your story for our In Their Own Words series, please send your submission to krystyna{at}sweetpeabirths{dot}com.

Here is Annika's story of her primary cesarean, and her VBAC journey with her second child:

When you are pregnant with your first child you have all these wonderful naive concepts about birth…well, at least I did.

In Their Own Words: Isla's Birth Story

April is Cesarean Awareness Month.  As such, the blog topics this month will focus around cesarean birth journeys, and options that cesarean birth warriors have for subsequent pregnancies.  

I am pleased to open this month's In Their Own Words series with a share from a friend of ours from Texas.  Her story is shared with permission from her blog,The Carey Haus, Here is the story of their second daughter's birth.


Isla's birth story
Upon finding out we were expecting, I had a tough decision to make.

Patient Rights

Thank you to one of my colleagues, Rachel Davis, for suggesting this topic.  

I originally shared this after one of our couples had an unplanned unassisted birth couple encountered in the hospital, and they were not treated very kindly upon arriving or throughout their hospital stay.
 
Most people would not expect their baby to be born at 35 weeks.  In addition, they had not counted on dealing with hospital protocols since they had planned a homebirth.  The other situation they hadn’t planned on was giving birth away from their community.

Two Cesareans and A VBAC

Here is our final post for Cesarean {Birth} Awareness Month. (I missed by a day when I was planning posts :/ Oops!)  

Today I am sharing two cesarean birth stories from SPB alumni families.  Both beautifully illustrate the gift of a cesarean when they are medically necessary.  

  • The Mangieri family welcomed their son via cesarean in March 2012, and went on to have a VBAC with their second child, a daughter, in December 2013.
  • The Schlueter family welcomed their son via cesarean in July 2013.

The Family-Centered Cesarean

For today...another one from the archives, originally published in April 9, 2013.  Updated April 30, 2014 to include information about microbiome seeding; and a gentle cesarean checklist of options to review with your provider and prepare for a cesarean birth journey.

A "Family-Centered" cesarean?  A "gentle" cesarean?  A procedure that is Woman and MotherBaby-centered?  What?  Did you just read that correctly?  

Yes, you did.  There is a "new" trend in cesareans that is hitting the mainstream consciousness here in the United States.

VBAC Preparation: Ask the Midwife

Our posts for Cesarean Awareness Month continue.  With their permission, I am sharing notes today that I took at an ICAN meeting presented by some Phoenix-area midwives in 2012.  

The main presenters and most of what you see below are the paraphrased words of Diane Ortega, CNM and Belinda Hodder, CNM.  They are midwives at Valley Women for Women, whose overall cesarean rate in 2014 was 7% in the midwife practice.*

Also in attendance and adding commentary to some of the answers was another CNM in the area.
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