Whether you've just had a cesarean, had one years (or months) ago, are scheduled to have one, might have to have one, or just want to better inform yourself in case you have one, it's important to have the most credible, helpful resources. We're sharing our favorite, most trusted links and information for c-section. If we've missed a great resource on this list, please let us know in the comments or on Facebook!
Resources from Lamaze
Cesarean Infographics and Handouts
The International Cesarean Awareness Network, Inc. (ICAN) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve maternal-child health by preventing unnecessary cesareans through education, providing support for cesarean recovery, and promoting Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC). On the site, you can find:
- Local support groups/chapters
- Research and FAQs
- Online support groups
- Information on how to be an active advocate
CesareanRates.com is a snapshot of online cesarean rate reporting in the United States as of January 2015. The site the site compiles the most current hospital-level data accessible to the public online, whether reported directly by a state’s department of health or gathered from state hospital association web sites via pull-down menus. If it is publicly available, you can find your hospital and/or your state's cesarean rate.
After her daughter's birth in 2004, site author Jennifer Kamel spent the next couple years wading through the research on vaginal birth after cesarean and became frustrated. Over the years, she slowly and meticulously collected information. The goal of VBAC Facts is for parents to have full, accurate information about both repeat cesarean and VBAC, and to have free access to either option. On the site, you can find quick facts, access to an online workshop on VBAC, and a multitude of articles and resources.