Pregnancy

Caesarean Birth – Ways to Avoid!

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that the rate of caesarean births was at the highest peak at 29.1%. This means that around 1 in 4 women have had caesarean delivery. There are some key factors that are taken into account for a caesarean birth.
They include:

  • Medical interventions during labor
  • Access to labor support
  • Birth setting
  • Choice of health care provider

These are some factors that are taken into account before taking a woman for caesarean delivery. However, there are certain ways to avoid caesarean birth.

Caesarean Section – Ways to Avoid!

  • The initial step is to find a health care provider and a birth setting that has very low rates of intervention.
  • You need to do a bit of research by asking your health care provider about their philosophy on c-sections and their personal caesarean experience.
  • You need to make a birth plan that must be discussed with your health care giver.
  • You need to take classes on childbirth in an effort to understand what to expect.
  • You must ensure that you get continuous labor support from a health care professional, whether it is a physician or a doula. Studies have stated that women with continuous support during labor have 26 percent less chances to have a c-section.
  • Avoid electrical fetal monitoring (EFM) as it can increase the chances of having a c-section by one-third.
  • Avoid taking an epidural analgesia.
  • Avoid the labor induction process.
  • Find a proper position that helps in pushing the baby for the progression of labor.
  • You can even ask your doctor about turning a breech baby, if there are no complications.
  • Take deep breaths throughout the labor and be calm. Do not get tense and nervous as this can increase your blood pressure which, in turn can, increase the chances of c-section.

Although C-sections are sometimes necessary, taking certain steps can help in the avoidance of an unnecessary surgical procedure.

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