Cesarean Information & Resources

Cesarean_Awareness_Button.pngWhether 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

What's the Deal with Cesareans?

VBAC - Yes, It's an Option!

Articles

Will You Push for Your Baby?

Cesarean Surgery

Avoid Interventions That Are Not Medically Necessary

Intervention Intelligence

Cesarean Q&A

New Study Challenges Current Cesarean Guidelines for Improved Birth Outcomes

Five Tips for Avoiding a Cesarean 

Cesarean Awareness Month: Cesarean Resources

Cesarean Awareness Month: Making Your Cesarean Mother-Baby Friendly

Cesarean Awareness Month: 10 Tips for Avoiding a First-Time Cesarean

What Every Pregnant Woman Needs to Know About Cesarean Section

A Woman's Guide to VBAC: Weighing the Pros and Cons

Dueling Cesarean Statistics: What Should the Cesarean Rate Be? – Henci Goer Compares Recent Studies

Birth By The Numbers Releases New Video – Myth and Reality Concerning US Cesareans

Epidurals: Do They or Don’t They Increase Cesareans?

Videos

What's the Deal with Cesareans?

Preparing for Vaginal Birth: Pushing Past a Previous Cesarean

Cesarean Awareness - When & Why?

Questions to ask your provider

What are the risks?

Outside Resources

ICAN (International Cesarean Awareness Network) 

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

Cesarean Rates 

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. 

VBAC Facts 

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. 

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