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March 3, 2011

Surviving Birthdays After A Cesarean

Last night, I attended the ICAN of Tampa meeting and one of the subjects that came up for discussion was about birthdays and it reminded me of this article so I’m reposting today:

“Once a Cesarean, Always a Cesarean” never rings more true than when referring to a child’s birth. Even though a mother may later go on to have a vaginal birth or future healthy pregnancies, there is no way to step back into our footsteps in the snow and change that day in surgery. Sometimes, coping lasts a lifetime but there are critical moments in recovery in the first year that moms have to weave through and often, they are alone and unsupported. Most of the time, those close to them don’t even realize the impact of their words or actions, thinking they are sharing the moments with the new mother. On baby’s first birthday, many well-intentioned friends and family fail to see what is in front of them: a mother in mourning being forced into celebration.

To read the entire article: http://birthaftercesarean.com/surviving-the-first-birthday-after-a-cesarean/

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