Month six Q&A

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Q: I’m a 25-year-old first time momto-be. I have been re­search­ing my birth op­tions on­line and the vagi­nal birth has ter­ri­fied me with re­gard to the trauma, the con­trac­tions, tear­ing of the vagina and the loos­en­ing of the pelvic floor mus­cles. I also have read about the pros and cons of hav­ing a c-sec­tion. Please ex­plain the two birthing op­tions. A: Tina an­swers: First of all you are mak­ing a mis­take by look­ing on the in­ter­net that may not have the cor­rect in­for­ma­tion. I urge you to stop surf­ing the net and terrifying your­self even fur­ther. If you can af­ford it, try to at­tend child­birth ed­u­ca­tion classes to in­form you prop­erly of the risks and ben­e­fits of both vagi­nal and cae­sarean birth. Vagi­nal birth has a bad rep­u­ta­tion, I agree, but not so much be­cause it is vagi­nal birth – it is the way we do vagi­nal birth (flat on our backs, with ea­ger use of painkilling drugs that cause us to have many in­ter­ven­tions that are not ab­so­lutely nec­es­sary), that is ac­tu­ally the prob­lem. Cae­sarean birth is not without risks ei­ther. The risk of in­fec­tion is higher and you are hav­ing ma­jor ab­dom­i­nal surgery (same as for a hys­terec­tomy) that will take at least four weeks to re­cover from. I ad­vise you to down­load this free book­let from the in­ter­net (it is one I ap­prove of) for the real facts sur­round­ing vagi­nal and cae­sarean birth. The book­let is ti­tled “What Ev­ery Preg­nant Woman Needs To Know About Ce­sarean Birth” – child­birth­con­nec­

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