The fact of the matter is that cesarean sections, when done appropriately, save lives. Many of the surgical births that happen are unnecessary and preventable. Yes, breech babies happen and many times twins need to be born by cesarean section. Most care providers these days allow VBACs (vaginal birth after cesarean.) But there are many healthy women , with a little bit of knowledge and planning, can greatly reduce their risk for cesarean section.
Here are three ways you can prevent a ceasarian birth:
1. Live a Healthy Lifestyle: Birth is a complicated process that has many hormones and muscle groups. Having your body is tip top shape will increase the chances that all will go as it should. Eating a real food diet and forgoing processed foods will help your body be at it’s healthiest and will help you ward off problems like obesity, high blood pressure, and diabetes (all which increase your risk for cesarean section.)
2. Choose your provider wisely: Check the frequency at which your care provider does cesarian sections. This gives you a good idea of their birth methods and philosophies around birth. Also be sure to ask them what facility they use for deliveries so you can find out what their primary reason for doing cesarians are.
3. Educate yourself: Get familiar with the birth process and what to expect. This will reduce anxiety and allow you to enter birth with a much more calm state of mind. You will also be more confident when decision-making time comes.