3 Ways to Prevent a C-Section

hey welcome to this video where I'm going to talk to you about c-section and how to decrease your risk for c-section I'm Annabelle I'm a nurse and a momma and I had a vaginal delivery and a beautiful birth experience but it didn't just happen like that I took four steps to be fearless in labor and delivery and have the beautiful birth experience that I wanted and if you want the same thing then at the end of this video click the link below and come and join me for my free class but I want to talk to you about c-section real quick so maybe you're thinking I don't really think I should watch this video I'm not gonna have a c-section so maybe this doesn't relate to me well one in three women in the United States will have a c-section that means that 33 percent of all of the women that are pregnant right now in the United States will have a c-section these aren't women that just it was elective they thought yeah that's what I want I'm going for that and so I'm in that group know this group includes women that had no idea that they were at risk for c-section they went into labor they went into the hospital thinking I'm gonna deliver vaginally all of a sudden the doctor or nurse says your baby's in danger or you're in danger we need to rush you off to the Ori and deliver by c-section and you are scared you just want your baby to be safe and you think that they're making the best decision for you and you have no say in the matter and so here today I want to tell you a little bit about why you shouldn't just want a c-section and how to decrease your risk for being one of those women that has a c-section so there's definitely pros to having a c-section but it's all about the scale it's about okay vaginal is the way to go until there starts to be things that tip the scale where c-section is the better option but it's just not automatically the best option we want your baby to deliver through the birth canal because your baby will be at a lower risk for infection five years down the road so when your baby comes down through the canal it squeezes your little baby's body squeezes the chest and the abdomen and any amniotic fluid that's still sitting in the lungs because your baby has been in a meiotic fluid all these months and you know there's chances that there could be some amniotic fluid in the lungs it's gonna squeeze all of that out your baby might cause a little bit at birth they're going to the nurses and doctors are gonna stimulate the baby and suction out any fluids that are remaining if your baby is delivered by c-section that's not going to happen and so studies do show that babies that are born by c-section that first five years of life they are at a greater risk for infection so that's the reason number one that maybe you shouldn't just want an a c-section but you're also at risk for infection you have been opened up from the inside out you have an incision that it's going to be tender and painful and you aren't going to recover as quickly as from a vaginal delivery because you have to be aware of this incision and it is small you know these days they're not making as big of incisions as the classical incision but it's still an incision to be aware of you don't feel like you want to get out of bed as quickly and you know for moms they just want to have a natural birth it's just not the way that they want to go and so we want to encourage you to just not think okay yeah c-sections the best option it is for the moms that are high risk that the baby is in danger that the moms in danger and so let's talk about how to decrease your risk my number one thing that I want to talk about right now is you need to be looking at your healthcare provider so if you go and see a midwife and that's who you're planning on having delivery you that Midwife is not gonna do a c-section she's not medically trained to do us a c-section she's not a physician she's not going to be the one they're taking you to a c-section so if you go to a physician an ob/gyn you need to be talking to them about their philosophy on c-section what do they think do they think that it's the best option are they saying yeah I I think that it's a pretty viable option if you want to have an elective c-section I'm okay with that that's not a doctor you want to be going to you don't want to have a c-section you need to be looking either by asking them or looking at their records what their c-section rate is and look at primary c-section rates so this means that first-time moms moms that have never had a c-section before what is the percentage of moms they take for c-section you want this to be less than 10% you need to be talking to the hospital that that doctor is affiliated with and where you're gonna deliver what is their c-section rate do they take a lot of moms to c-section or do they really try to stay away from it it's not their philosophy so making sure that you are on the same level as your physician is going to be your number one way to know if you are at greater risk for c-section or not because if they're and if they have in their mind that you look like a c-section patient based off of your risk factors and your lifestyle then you need to consider talking to another healthcare provider the next way that you can decrease your risk for c-section is getting a plan and getting yourself educated in that plan so you have to know how you want your the rest of your pregnancy and labor and delivery to happen in your mind and this has to be an educated way of coming up with this plan yes we all have once and desires and we're gonna write some things down but knowing what is possible and what's not possible being educated in your plan is going to help you decrease your risk for c-section and have the beautiful birth that you want so creating a birth plan means okay do I want an epidural or do I not want an epidural do I want pain meds or do no I not want pain meds do I want to stay at home as long as possible because I know that doing that is going to help me not get an epidural and or do I want to go to the hospital right away do I want a support person my husband a doula my mom a sister creating a birth plan is going to help you lay down on a piece of paper what you want and then we can take steps to getting what you want so with this video what you want is no c-section so what are the steps to not having a c-section well this means that staying at home as long as possible at least until you're 5 centimetres dilated that means your cervix is opening and you're an active labor with contractions no more than five minutes apart they're lasting 60 to 90 seconds and I'm in pain pain that I can't talk through because it hurts so bad so that active labor and you have stayed at home through that and then you go to the hospital if you do that you will decrease your risk for c-section by half 50% so staying at home as long as possible choosing no epidural so studies do you say and they show that if you get an epidural that doesn't in and of itself increase your risk for having a c-section what it does do though is women come in to the hospital very early they're not in active labor their cervix is not dilated to five centimeters and they get an epidural epidural is slow down labor so your process is going to take longer and you're gonna be in bed the whole time because you can't get out of bed with an epidural so you're in bed you're in bed you're in bed they're monitoring baby the whole time and they're seeing the baby's heart rate going down and then up and then down and then up and this is normal for baby's heart rates but when it happens for so long in the hospital is just nervous because we're dealing with life here the doctors and the nurses get a little antsy and it's taking a long time your cervix just isn't seeming to progress and open and so often we need to have a c-section you've been in bed too long the baby's heart rates making me too nervous and let's just take her to c-section and get this done so in that sense getting an epidural especially before five centimeters will increase your risk for c-section so if you have in your mind that I really I just I don't think I can do this I I don't think I can do a natural delivery and you want an epidural my encouragement to you is to stay at home at least until you're five centimeters dilated and so with that you're still gonna need your breathing and relaxation techniques because it's hard to get to that point and it can be scary and this is where again I want to encourage you to come and join me in my class to get fearless in labor and delivery because you can do this so if you want an epidural try to stay at home and not get one until you're at least in active labor and for those of you mamas that say heck no I don't want an epidural still stay home as long as possible so that will decrease your risk for c-section talking about epidural epidural is an intervention and interventions increase your risk for c-section so what is an intervention well a big intervention is induction of Labor why and what is induction of Labor induction of labor means that we are synthetically so we're faking it in a sense making your body go into labor because we want you to go into labor as healthcare providers your pasture due day you are just needing to get this over with because your husband's going out of town or the doctors going out of town whatever it may might be the doctor says come on into the hospital we're going to give you some medicine that we're gonna put into your vagina and up into your cervix and it's gonna soften your cervix get it ready to open we're going to have you come in and we're gonna start a pitocin drip on you it's medication out of a bag into your arm as an IV that's going to get some contractions going and open up your cervix come on in we're going to break your bag of waters these are interventions that we say is the induction of labor but it can increase your risk for c-section example your bag of water we break your bag of water's okay now the baby has no protection around him and we want baby to deliver one hour to our three hour it's been 24 hours and you're still not an active labor you're not progressing and baby's not coming you're at risk for infection oh my goodness we don't want you to get an infection because it's been 24 hours since your bag of waters has been broken and we need to take you for section so these medical interventions that are just because because we want you to be delivered can increase your risk for c-section so making sure that you're talking to your doctor about I don't want these unnecessary interventions babies okay I don't need to be induced we're just gonna let it roll you know maybe he'll deliver a little bit late and so that's a conversation to be having with your doctor but definitely will decrease your risk for c-section all right so that's all I'm gonna say about induction and interventions because this video could just go on and on and on but it's important because you don't want to see section and so now I'm going to go into my very last thing that I want to talk to you about and it is having your labor support so I talked about the birth plan writing your birth plan knowing what your birth plan is gonna be who is going to be by your side at home when it's painful and you're saying I gotta stay home I got to stay home we got to get through this I got to decrease my risk for c-section I got to decrease my risk for interventions we're gonna stay home and do this baby so that was my husband standing by my side if you have a doula they're probably not gonna say baby if it's your sister they're probably not gonna say baby but if it's your mom she might if your husband might so I had my husband by my side and he was a great labor support when I felt like I couldn't do it I couldn't do it anymore he was there to say you can do this you're doing it already you were created to do this studies show that if you have labor support with you you decrease your risk for c-section by 26% so having that labor support there with you is going to be so important make sure that he or she has practiced the relaxation techniques with you and the breathing techniques with you make sure that he or she knows your birth planning can enforce it knows your medical history and your obstetric Aliss turi so that when you're in labor at the hospital and they're asking you questions and they're saying write this down and sign here and do this that person can do that for you that is the support that you need all right we're gonna save the rest for another time but definitely click the link below and come and get fearless for labor with me decrease your risk for c-section and have a beautiful birthday experience mama you

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