by Christo Lues
Why it may be a good thing to get a C-section.
Gathering from the feedback I had on part 3, the issue of to have or not to have a c-section is a very contentious and emotionally loaded issue. You often run the risk, that when you point out some uncomfortable facts or statistics, that people who had a different experience will overreact. Such was the case with part 3.
It was not, and still is not my intention to condemn or make anyone feel guilty about the course they took with the arrival of their new baby, yet the facts still stand. If you don’t like something someone says it does not change the facts and you may end up feeling guilty, for what ever reason, although you may feel uncomfortable reading it.
Often we need to have our boat rocked a little to get a fresh perspective or new insight into seemingly clear cut issues.
One of the main reasons I started the article was to inform young and often totally misinformed first time mothers about the risks involved in getting c-sections. My experience is that most young first time mothers are prone to believe that their bodies will not be able to cope with the natural birth of a baby, that natural birth is more painful than a c-section and that because most women these days get c-sections, it seems like the way to go.
My aim is to get mothers away from the "Pregnancy is a condition" mindset to "Pregnancy is a natural phenomenon of life"
"When mothers doubt,
So does this mean that a c-section is always bad? NO!
What the above means is that the majority of time c-sections are not medically indicated but that the high incidence of c-sections are because of ulterior motives like money and fear, where it should make up less than 10% of the total birthing procedures, like in state run hospitals here and in the UK!
Caesarian sections has saved thousands of babies’ and mothers’ lives over many years, and it will continue to do so in the future.
As much as there are great health risks to getting a c-section, there may be risks in isolated cases in not getting one.
The following medical conditions are valid reasons for a cesarean:
Chronic maternal illness - diabetes, kidney or heart disease or other life-threatening conditions.
Pre-eclampsia - in certain cases where the mother has very high blood pressure a cesarean may be required
Prolapsed cord - this is where the cord is presenting first and could be compressed and diminish blood flow to the baby, which would put the baby at risk.
Certain types of placenta previa at term - where the placenta is low lying and partially or completely covers the cervix and could result in hemorrhage. In the case of a marginal placenta previa, a vaginal birth may still be an option.
Placenta abruptia - this refers to a situation where the placenta detaches from the uterus. This may result in the baby receiving too little oxygen and so a cesarean may be needed.
Uterine rupture - if the uterus tears, the mother will hemorrhage and the baby may be oxygen-deprived so an emergency cesarean would be necessary
Initial outbreak of active herpes at the onset of labor - to prevent the baby being infected in the birth canal a cesarean would be advised
True fetal distress during labor and birth will cause the baby not to receive enough oxygen so an emergency cesarean would be needed
Certain positions (presentations) of the baby may require a cesarean e.g. transverse lie at full dilation, brow presentation etc.
Previous classical cesarean, where there was a longitudinal cut in the uterus
True cases of cephalo-pelvic disproportion may result in the need for a cesarean
Multiple births - certain presentations may require a cesarean, but most often twins and triplets can be safely birthed vaginally too
The above examples will in many cases save the lives of the mother or the baby or both. The fact though is, that some of the issues discussed in part 3, still sands and measures should be taken to avoid them.
Some conditions I have mentioned in Part 3 follow, with some remedies that may aid, if you have experienced some of the following procedures.
Minimize the risks of organ failure in your newborn (after having taken heavy pain killing drugs etc. during an un-natural delivery) by drinking lots of clean water. This will not only aid your dehydrated body, but will help in faster elimination of toxins from your body. You can use certain natural liver remedies to help the liver get rid of the toxins faster. Take organ protective supplements like Omega SLO, B-Vitamins and antioxidants.
Baby jaundice may arise a few days after birth, this is usually nothing serious, and can be aided by the breastfeeding mother taking some natural Liver tonics. I recommend Liver Detox by Sevenpointfive, failing that, Baldocinaro from A. Vogel. The MOTHER take these, and it gets to baby via breast milk.
Keep a close eye on your young child and if some abnormalities does arrive, have it looked at by a competent educational professional. In this case I have had great experience with brain balancing.
Also make sure to feed your child a good diet, free from sugar, and other neurotoxic substances like MSG, Nitrates and wheat. These will amplify the problem quite a bit.
Give your child supplements like Coral Calcium, Mindset and Omega SLO to help the brain reach it’s optimal potential.
Speak to mothers that has breast-fed many babies or speak to your midwife. The biggest issue here is perseverance, and because of what I have discussed in part 3, you may need more than other, mothers.
One of the most common mistakes I have seen mothers make, is that they do not drink enough clean water. I once heard of a doctor who told a mother that the amount of water she drinks has nothing to do with how much milk she is able to produce! Ludicrous! Make sure to drink in the order of 4L of KDF filtered water per day - preferably with Ionic Coral Calcium in the water.
Take a good strong multivitamin like Solgar or Viridian. I prefer Mindset, as most mothers need the extra mind power to help her cope better.
Omega 3 is ESSENTIAL as the building blocks of hormones to help in milk production. I prefer Omega SLO because it contains Alcoxyglycerols and Squaline that is naturally found in mothers milk. Taking this not only aids in the production of milk, it also helps restore the mother’s body.
If the mother is overwhelmed by the new baby and visitors, she may stress too much, get too little sleep and breast milk may decrease. Make sure you sleep when your baby sleep, so you can be awake when baby awake.
If your milk is still not enough, you may try supplementing on Fenugreek capsules, aiding greatly in increasing milk supply.
Intestinal health of the baby
Because an estimated 80% of the body’s immune system resides in the gut, it’s of paramount importance that the gut of the baby function optimally. As baby missed the natural bacteria in the vaginal birth canal on her way out, it’s wise to supplement it afterwards. I have found ABC Dophilus from Solgar to be the most effective. Give about one bottle (about a month to six week supply) and see how baby is doing. If the stools are normal, and baby does not have cramps etc you may be in the clear. Read more about colic and food here...
As discussed in part 3, depression or a feeling of being totally overwhelmed by the arrival of a newborn can happen to any mother. For this reason I always give new mothers the essential brain formula: Mindset and Omega SLO . These have proven effective in almost all cases of depression, stress or anxiety.
Make sure you get some exercise like walking. Also make sure you get some direct sunlight. The vitamin D is essential to a healthy mind AND body.
Some excellent reading found here...
In the last and final part (5) of this article, I will give attention to what you can do to avoid unwanted intervention.