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Cesarean Section and Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC) Books


Updated April 30, 2009

With about a third of women having cesarean births and many who contemplate vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC), there needs to be more knowledge on a potential surgical birth. Learning about a c-section before you labor, can help you make the best decision for you and your family.

1. What if I have a c-section?

What if I have a c-section?
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Geared towards the consumer, this book is a handy, middle-of-the-road approach to discussing cesarean birth why it may be needed and lots of tips and advice for recovery.
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2. Silent Knife

Silent Knife
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A classic book about cesarean section prevention. While this book is older, the information is still valid for today's births.
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3. Understanding the Dangers of Cesarean Birth

Understanding the Dangers of Cesarean Birth
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Written by Nicette Jukelevics, this book has the most updated information about cesarean birth and vaginal birth after cesarean available. With a through exam of the medical studies and analysis of risks both to the mother, baby and future pregnancies you can see how to best plan for your birth, be it your first baby or last. The amount of information in this book is amazing.
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4. The VBAC Companion

The VBAC Companion
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This is a how to book by medical journalist Diana Korte, co-author of Good Birth, Safe Birth. This book was written awhile ago so the statistics are a bit different, but her words of wisdom on the steps to planning a VBAC are still true.
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5. Cesarean Recovery

Cesarean Recovery
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A guide to healing your body and mind after a cesarean birth. From exercises to diet, incision care to future births.
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6. Don't Cut Me Again!

Twenty-two stories form women who have had a previous c-section and desired a vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC). How they struggled, sought care and ultimately had their babies, including cesarean birth after cesarean (CBAC) and vaginal birth after cesareans (VBAC) at homes and hospitals.
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