Aspects of the Medical Model of Care
- Be aware of the “cascade of interventions.”
- “Epidurals: Risks and Concerns for Mother and Baby” (Article by Dr. Sarah Buckley, who is well-regarded in the natural birth movement.)
- “Epidural & Spinal” (comprehensive article that provides a lot of info that your pregnancy book may not mention)
- Epidural Procedure (photos by doula Patti Ramos, great opportunity to see up-close what is going on!)
- Read the drug info sheets for induction/augmentation medications you may be presented with. Click here and search for Pitocin, Cervidil, and Misoprostol (this is commonly known as Cytotec, note that [uses during labor] are not approved by the FDA).
- “Breech Turning Techniques” (excellent resource written by a local childbirth instructor who successfully turned her breech baby)
- See the Breech page on the Spinning Babies website.
- Consider visiting a care provider who may be helpful in providing a chiropractic adjustment, acupuncture, massage, etc. Here's a list of recommended professionals to start with.
- This is a Mayo clinic video of a cesarean birth that I invite my students to watch.
- International Cesarean Awareness Network (ICAN) is an awesome resource for mamas who have had cesareans, or women who would like to avoid a cesarean. Click here for the general website, click here for the local support group, and click here for the local group’s Facebook page. Highly recommend this group!
- If you do find yourself with a cesarean birth, I highly recommend the c-section chapter in Birthing from Within by Pam England.
- “Reasonable Choices for Bringing Back VBAC”
- "13 Myths About Vaginal Birth After Cesarean"