I loved these lists, but looking at my students who have had cesareans, I was inspired to add 1 more. So here is my #9 added to theirs, I also added a part to #1 (not inspired by my students, but rather from other stories I have heard).
12% of my Hypnobabies students have had cesareans –
5 students all together. A, B, C, D, E
(A and B were VBAC moms.)
A is who inspired my adding #9. Her careprovider said she was supportive of VBAC, but at the last minute wasn’t and mom didn’t fight it, and went in for an elective repeat cesarean.
B did #7, 5, 4, 3
C did #8, 6, 4, 3, 2
D did 7, 5, 3 in her case the amniotomy caused extreme stress in the baby and necessitated an emergency cesarean.
E was an emergency cesarean because of placental abruption.
#9 Choose a care provider without research– Some OB’s are cesarean happ y. Some OB’s say they support VBAC’s but their statistics don’t back it up.
#8 Agree to a labor induction without medical indication.–This is a sure fire way to make a birth more of a challenge. Ask LOTS of questions.
#7 Go the hospital in the early phases of labor.
#6 Don’t eat or drink during a long labor.
#5 Get an amniotomy too soon.
#4 Accept pitocin to induce or stimulate contractions.
#3 Request an epidural.
#2 Accept hospital staff’s comments on lack of progress without challenge.
#1 Just ask – or Failure to Ask Questions! –Sure some moms ask for cesareans, though I think that is very rare. It is more likely that moms are told they need a cesarean because of xyz (breech baby, twins, big baby) and they don’t ask questions, get second opinions, etc.