Cesarean Awareness Month
Recently I had the privilege to work alongside a family as they walked through the option of repeat cesarean birth. It was a unique experience, one that has reinforced my scope, my role as a doula; to support, to advocate, and to help my clients navigate through options with current evidence based research. I love the educational aspect of being a doula and a nurse. It is the backbone of my professions.
When all the birth options are laid out on the table and we, my clients and I, are able to walk through each one, grasping them, understanding where each choice can lead, the pros and the cons, the ins and the outs; We, they, are able to birth in awareness. This insight prepares us for the unpredictable nature of birth.
My hope and professional goal is when my clients hold that precious new life in their arms, they look back on their birth experience with confidence and admiration; the kind that motivates us through motherhood and when life is not so easy.
I am grateful for this experience. I am proud of my clients choices. They researched, they prayed, they questioned, and they came up with their best plan. It was the perfect birth for them. Though this is not the typical client, I saw and experienced the benefits and look forward to working with more families as they navigate through cesarean options.
This month is Cesarean Awareness Month. I want to celebrate surgical birth and support surgical birth options. Here are some great resources.
ICAN of Atlanta is the Atlanta chapter of the International Cesarean Awareness Network, 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).
You can look up cesarean rates at our area hospitals at Leap Frog Group.
Information and resources about VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean), breastfeeding and healing post cesarean found on the DONA International website.
My heart is for mamas, babies, and families in our community. I want every mom to have an empowering birth. Education is essential. Hiring a doula is key. Check it out for yourself here.
Are you interested in more information about having a doula present at your birth?
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Havenly Birth provides doula services and placenta encapsulation for all births within the metro Atlanta area including home births, Atlanta Birth Center, Wellstar Kennestone Hospital, Wellstar North Fulton Hospital, Wellstar Atlanta Medical Center, Dekalb Medical Center, Northside Hospital, and other area hospitals.