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  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Tiskimo (14 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956848001
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956848000
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 250,547 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By MaziJ on 12 Sep 2011
Format: Paperback
I really liked this book. I found it easy to read and thought it was well-structured and very informative. I would consider it essential reading for any woman considering an elective section as their preferred birth choice, as well as for any woman preparing for a c-section due to medical need. It takes a comprehensive, non-biased look at all aspects of caesarean birth and debunks some of the common myths around caesareans. I also liked the fact that as well as being evidence-based it is full of detailed, practical advice.

The book is written in a very non-judgemental way and its only agenda appears to be to inform and support women (and birth partners). I certainly felt much more knowledgeable after reading this book.

I would definitely recommend `Caesarean Birth' for all mums to be, especially as despite being an outcome for many women it is so often given only lip service at ante-natal classes. I particularly liked the chapter on recovery as it gives excellent, practical advice on what to expect afterwards and how to cope, even if your section wasn't planned.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By ms Knox on 28 May 2011
Format: Paperback
This book is seriously good. It contains pretty much everything that a mother to be would need to know about caesarean birth and presents the wealth of carefully researched facts in a really practical way. It addresses the issues without any agenda other than to put women and their partners in the best position to make choices and have informed (and therefore empowered) discussions with the professionals. Every aspect is covered with total respect for the fact that every woman will have her own preferences, hopes and fears concerning the possibility of a Caesarean. There is not the slightest hint of any prejudice about what type of birth a woman ought to prefer. There is a chapter for partners too. It is written in a very lucid and straightforward style. If you are wondering which book to buy about Caesareans, get this one!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 10 Jun 2012
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Can't recommend this book highly enough! I will be having a planned section for medical reasons and wanted to know more about the whole process. This book gives much more - it has chapters for those who wish to avoid a CS and a chapter for those who would like an elective section. I've also found the 'hospital bag' list very helpful as it points out items that are particularly useful for women having a section. Loys of practical advice for coming home (e.g. useful items, what to avoid doing etc).

It is also very good at discussing the differences between emergency sections and planned sections and breaks the statistics apart for the two. Realistically many women hope to avoid a section but this may reassure you that having a section planned in advance can be better for mum and baby than having a difficult, unproductive labour followed by an emergency section. It also points out that the women who suffer most psychologically after an emergency section are those who refuse to even consider the possibility in advance and that having some knowledge will give you a feeling of 'ownership' over the procedure if you should need one, helping to avoid PND.

On the flip side it recommends that even mums with 'planned' sections learn about the labour process and coping strategies (e.g. relaxation techniques, hypnotherapy etc) in case the baby decides to arrive early or just for keeping calm while waiting in hospital.

Excellent resource!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Annette Pacey on 7 Oct 2011
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As other reviews have pointed out, this book is a no-nonsense, practical and very informative guide which helps women to be prepared for caesarean as a possible outcome of any birth, and to make informed choices about the birth they want.

Although there are endless pregnancy guides available, most seem to mention caesarean birth only in passing and more than a few imply that caesarean is a drastic intervention to be avoided at almost any cost. However, as the author points out, there is no clear evidence that the overall risks for women planning small families are higher [than vaginal births]. Inexplicably, sufficient caesarean information is omitted from many antenatal classes despite the fact that many women will end up having the procedure. This lack of preparedness in itself is likely to contribute to a negative experience of caesarean birth.

It's important to stress that that book does not promote planned caesarean over vaginal birth but rather aims to give women detailed information which enables them to consider the full range of choices for their birth, and to be prepared for the possibility of a caesarean even if they would prefer to attempt a natural birth. The author is scrupulously balanced and factual, backing up information given with detailed references. After reading it you will feel in a much better position to have an informed discussion with your medical advisers about your choices in your particular pregnancy circumstances.

One useful aspect of the book is that it distinguishes between planned and emergency caesareans.
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