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Cesarean Birth Bookshelf

If you are planning a c-section or want to be informed in case you have an unplanned cesarean, here are a couple of highly recommended books. Also, visit StorkNet's Cesarean Birth Cubby for more information.

The Essential C-Section Guide: Pain Control, Healing at Home, Getting Your Body Back, and Everything Else You Need to Know About a Cesarean Birth
by Maureen Connolly and Dana Sullivan
Paperback, published June 2004 by Broadway books

Synopsis: Covering both the physical and emotional aspects of this surgery, The Essential C-Section Guide offers frank discussions of the special circumstances a C-section delivery presents. Readers will discover a host of important facts, ranging from the effects of a C-section on future deliveries to the risks of anesthesia. The authors also share comforting wisdom about the feelings of inadequacy a C-section can cause and tips on caring for an infant while healing from this major procedure. The latest recommendations regarding exercise, pain, and nursing are addressed in-depth as well.

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What If I Have a C-Section?
by Rita Rubin
Paperback, published September 2004 by Rodale Books

Synopsis: Despite the steep rise in c-sections, there are very few books available to help moms-to-be sort out their options, allay their fears, and navigate their way through this serious and emotionally complex procedure. Whether the reader is considering choosing an elective C-section, worrying about what she will face should she need one, or recovering in the days after her delivery, she'll find the facts in this unbiased, authoritative, reassuring guide-along with steps she can take to make the birth of her child the healthiest, most joyous occasion possible.

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Cesarean Recovery
by Chrissie Gallagher-Mundy
Paperback - 128 pages, published March 2004 by Firefly Books

Synopsis: Cesarean Recovery guides new mothers through the healing process in conjunction with her medical care. The new mother will discover when and how to start her recovery -- from her first attempts at sitting up in the hospital bed, through to standing and on to mastering her first exercises.

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Cesarean Section: Understanding and Celebrating Your Baby's Birth
by Michele C. Moore, MD and Caroline M. de Costa, MD
Paperback - 160 pages, published April 2003 by Johns Hopkins University Press

Synopsis: In Cesarean Section: Understanding and Celebrating Your Baby's Birth, Drs. Michele Moore and Caroline de Costa emphasize the joy of delivering a healthy baby, however that is best achieved. They explain why Cesarean births are sometimes preferable to vaginal delivery for both mother and baby, and they help women understand the issues behind the decision to perform the procedure. From anesthesia, surgery, and recovery through at-home care of mother and child, the authors offer reassurance and practical information for all mothers and mothers-to-be. They also discuss the latest findings on postpartum depression and planning for future births, including the possibility of vaginal birth after a Cesarean section.

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