As I’m sure most of you know, I am very active in the Atlanta chapter of ICAN, the International Cesarean Awareness Network. ICAN’s mission involves promoting general awareness of the risks of cesareans and trying to get first-time moms the information they need to make informed decisions about their pregnancies so that hopefully some of the (many) unnecessary surgical births performed in our country can be prevented, as well as helping moms who have experienced a c-section heal and gather information about their future births, including vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC).
So I thought I would post my favorite link to information about vaginal birth, cesarean birth, and vbacs – Childbirth Connection. Of course there are hundreds of sites out there, as well as medical study databases you can search, but the CC site is easy to navigate and has the risks and benefits concisely laid out, and well footnoted.
I also have a few books and one movie to recommend:
The Thinking Woman’s Guide to a Better Birth by Henci Goer
Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin
Pushed – The Painful Truth about Childbirth and Modern Maternity Care by Jennifer Block
and The Business of Being Born, a documentary about hospital and homebirth in America (I think every woman who is pregnant or planning to have kids in the future needs to see this movie, whether you would ever consider a homebirth or not)