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This is a workbook guide with fill in spaces and check boxes to know your options and choose what’s right for you and your family. Yes, this is a birth plan for a scheduled c-section. Yes, you can have one.
This handout was inspired by a dear friend of mine who had all 4 of her precious babies via c-section. With each birth, she became more involved with the planning and talking to her doctor about what she wanted. She learned her options. She improved her care.
That is my wish for you as well.
A surgical birth is a birth as valid as a vaginal birth. C-section mommas bravely go through surgery to bring their babies into the world. I honor their journeys into motherhood. It is my wish that this birth plan guide for scheduled c-sections creates a space to acknowledge their path of birth and guide families through their options and working together with their care team to create a family-centered cesarean.
“A birth plan for a scheduled c-section???”
“Is that a thing? You can’t control anything with a c-section. The doctor does everything.”
A lot of things are different with a surgical delivery. There aren’t as many options. It can seem like you don’t have any part of the decision-making. The steps you take to get your baby into your arms will be a different path. You still have decisions to make before and after. You will have the same decisions to make about infant care. You still have a season of preparation, though you are preparing for a surgery. You still have a season of postpartum and recovery. You can still learn about the options out there and create plans to have the best care for you and your family.
“But it’s a c-section, not a natural birth”
A surgical birth is still a birth. Whether your birth is vaginal or surgical, I want to acknowledge your experience and create space to support your experience. I teach about and support all types of birth. That includes any pain management preferences and any delivery method. Nearly 1 in 3 births in America are delivered surgically. You have decisions and options too, momma.
What we’re talking about here:
Download the workbook above by adding to the cart and going through the checkout process. It’s free and no billing information is required. It’ll be emailed to you after you check out. Print it and take your time working through the guide. Ask questions. Talk to your doctor. Talk to your hospital. Talk to other moms who have had c-sections. There is support for this type of birth too.
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