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The Essential C-Section Guide: Pain Control, Healing at Home, Getting Your Body Back, and Everything Else You Need to Know About a Cesarean Birth

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Childbirth is a life-altering experience for any woman, but a Cesarean delivery can be overwhelming, whether it’s unexpected or planned. Despite the fact that roughly one in four babies in the United States is delivered by c-section, very little information about the experience is included in typical pregnancy books and physicians and childbirth educators often gloss over ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published June 8th 2004 by Harmony
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Jennifer
Apr 24, 2013 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
This book is awesome. I checked it out from my public library after seeing it at a bookstore, and I enjoyed it so much that I plan to go back and actually buy it. Whether or not you're going to have a C-section or have already had one, this is the book to read. For starters, the authors are mothers who have had 5 c-sections between the two of them. There are other c-section books that are total trash - I've read them - so save yourself the time and read this one.

This book details just about ever
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Ciara
this was a loaner from one of jared's professors. i didn't read it until i was a good six or seven weeks post-partum, unfortunately. it would have been helpful for me to read it sooner, but at that point, we were still driving back & forth to the NICU every day & i barely had the energy to comb my hair, let alone read a book.

nonetheless, this book still contained a lot of helpful information that enabled me to make sense of my c-section. for instance, i learned from this book that i was
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Dana
Aug 11, 2012 Dana rated it really liked it
Shelves: reference
I bought this book after I coming home from the hospital after an emergency c-section. I had 2 drug free deliveries with my first two children, but with my third, I had a placental abruption and started hemorrhaging two days before my due date. An emergency c-section was the only option to save our lives.

That said, I obviously had no knowledge of c-sections. I had no warning that I would have a c-section and I had barely skimmed over the c-section chapter in the "what to expect when you're expec
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Amelia the Strange
May 07, 2011 Amelia the Strange rated it really liked it
During my pregnancy, it never once crossed my mind that I would have to have a c-section. I attended child-birth classes and researched about natural deliveries verses epidurals. The day before I went into labor, I was four cen. dialated so I was only further comfortable knowing my delivery would happen just how I was planning. So when the doctor told me I was going to need a c-section, I cried. It was the last thing I thought would happen. I am a creature who survives by planning, so when I cam ...more
Jennifer
Sep 12, 2014 Jennifer rated it liked it
This was a good book to read in preparation for a c-section or just if you know that you are pregnant. It's good to be familiar with both vaginal and c-sect deliveries because you never know what may come up during a pregnancy. I wish they would write an updated edition. Some of the information is dated and no longer current. I did fin it disturbing that right after having a baby they are telling you how to diet and exercise to get you pre pregnancy body back. I think the diet and exercise focus ...more
Elise
Mar 14, 2013 Elise rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. I had scoured the internet for as much information as I could find on c-sections and a lot of it was fear-based information intended to frighten people away from c-sections and the rest was very brief and repetitive. This book explained in good detail recovery timetables, how much help to get after baby's birth, etc. I read it on my Kindle and highlighted a LOT in order to return later for reference. I'm glad that I bought this book instead of just borrowing it from a library ...more
Corinne
May 29, 2007 Corinne rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Expectant Moms
With the world going green the movement has been toward "natural" birth and anti C-Section. It is refreshing to have a book that doesn't force its view upon you but gives you detailed information and personal stories to work with. I'm still debating my personal choice but feel much better equipped making the decision after reading this book. I also highly recommend this book for someone that is anti C-Section because it will much better prepare you mentally in case you find yourself recovering f ...more
Lindsey
Sep 10, 2007 Lindsey rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: pregnant women
Shelves: babypreparation
Great book for first time or repeat c-sections. I had a repeat and even though I'd been through it before, this helped remind me of what would happen. I had been planning to do the recommended liquid diet for 2 days prior but went into labor 3 days prior! I haven't done the exercises as much as I should be, but what I have done has felt great and hasn't hurt too much. I highly recommend this book to all women--even if you aren't planning a c-section--as it will help prepare you for any possible ...more
Valerie Wyse
Sep 12, 2016 Valerie Wyse rated it really liked it
I took notes on from the section on a post-c workout. Also, I really gleaned from the section on a vbac vs. repeat-c.
Blair
Jul 19, 2007 Blair rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who might need a c-section
So far this is the only informative place I've found anything really. It stays out of much of the debating over c-sections by keeping a neutral point of view. It also walks you step-by-step through what is going to happen so you know what to expect, what questions to ask and when to stand up for yourself. I haven't gotten to the post-c-section workout chapters yet but I'm sure I will. This really did a good job of making me feel less helpless in my body.
Robyn
Jan 26, 2010 Robyn rated it it was amazing
I loved this book, I felt it was a very balanced and scientific approach. The historical accounts, statistics and medical information was all really interesting, well-researched and thorough. Lots of great great tips. I feel very prepared after having read this. I also feel more at peace with the birth we're planning.
Erin
Oct 17, 2010 Erin rated it liked it
I am so, so glad I read this book. I really think that every pregnant person out there should read this on the chance that they end up having a c-section. I felt so much more prepared for what was going to happen and knew exactly what questions to ask my doctors.
Diana Jimenez
I liked this book. Some of it was very helpful as I was healing. Of course, I didn't read the whole thing, having a tiny newborn to take care of!
Lisa
Aug 15, 2008 Lisa rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who might have a CSection
Scary, of course. But very informative for me since I know I will have a planned C Section.
JennyLG
Great book for those like me who had anxiety before c-section!
Stacey
Sep 08, 2008 Stacey rated it liked it
Lots of info - and doesn't focus on the negative! Phew!
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