According to the NHS, around one in every four to five pregnant women in the UK has a C-section, with the percentage of babies born this way on a steady incline–last year’s stats up by 11% in 5 years. It’s far from an uncommon procedure; but it does have significant differences from natural birth: apart from the actual procedure, a major difference is the inherent disconnection between the mother and the physical birth process–but in the US, at least, that may be about to change.
Pregnancy can wreak total havoc on your body; but it’s not responsible for every change that happens postpartum – hard-to-lose baby weight (surprisingly) included.
While every birth story is momentous, not every one is the same. And it’s the unpredictable nature of just how your baby’s real world debut will play out that can make it all seem a little daunting.
If you’re scouring the net for ways to keep you zen in the delivery room – music is one of the most powerful methods of helping you push through to the finish line.
According to Jacques Moritz, M.D., an OBGYN at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York City, putting together a ‘push playlist’ of your favourite tunes can really help make labour and delivery feel a bit more, uh, “enjoyable”. Continue reading
There is a great article in the Jan-Feb edition of Prima Baby & Pregnancy magazine, which talks about how a difficult birth can be as traumatic for a dad as it is for a mum. It’s easy to forget about dads in the heat of the event because all the physical stuff is happening to mum – it’s just how the whole birth thing rolls – but it is equally difficult for dad, just in a different way.