Labor For a While Before Your Cesarean

Excerpt from The Birth Book written by William Sears, M.D. and Martha Sears, R.N.:

You may think, “Why should I go through all that work and pain if I’m going to have a cesarean anyway?”  While it may be inconvenient for the hospital or doctor, it is often medically beneficial for your baby if you labor as long as possible before an elective cesarean.  Besides indicating that baby is ready to be born, some precesarean contractions let the baby benefit from the natural hormones of labor.  Studies show that babies delivered by cesarean after mothers labor a while have fewer breathing problems in the first few days after birth than babies whose mothers were not in labor.  Labor prepares baby for changes that are coming rather than being snatched from his nest without warning.

~ by cmb0414 on April 13, 2010.

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