Wednesday Wrap Up 4/16

WednesdayWrapUpBMLMy youngest, my baby, turns 12 today. TWELVE! Hard to believe she’s grown into such a lovely young lady! That’s her over in the Wednesday Wrap Up logo for today, a photo I took of her during the dress rehearsal for a play she was in recently.

April is Cesarean Awareness Month, and many great articles on various aspects of it are popping up around the internet:

We’ll start off with a cesarean infographic from Lamaze about the scope of the problem.

And a study looking at what might be the optimal cesarean rate for best maternal-infant health.

One of the reasons the cesarean rate is so high is that women are not getting the option of choosing how they would like to birth after having a previous cesarean. Improving Birth wrote this week about The Insanity of Mandatory Surgery

Since it is so vitally important to avoid the first cesarean, here are some ways to reduce your chances of a cesarean:
Don’t go to the hospital too early
Choose your Doctor Wisely
Hire a good doula

And of course if you have given birth by cesarean before, VBAC is possible!
Consider VBAC if you’ve had a cesarean before

And now that you know so much, pop over to Science and Sensibility to take a quick quiz on the topic and see how much you know about the cesarean epidemic!

Finally, I don’t want to leave the impression that cesareans are horrible. So today’s video is proof that a cesarean birth can still be a beautiful experience. Courtesy of Brooke Walsh of Peace-Love-Babies in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis-St. Paul:

the birth of Mack | peace-love-babies.com from Brooke Walsh on Vimeo.