The bible of cesarean prevention. Wall Street Journal
LOIS J. ESTNER, formerly an English teacher, is a VBAC mother, La Leche League leader, and counselor on the topics of breastfeeding, childbirth, and cesarean prevention.
The authors views I find too extreme. The medical community is not the devil. Obstetricians are not meddelsome persons in the affairs of women. What, should we now be denying our babies prenatal care?
Not all women who experienced a cesarean section are unhappy, depressed, distraught, and robbed of a birth experience. My child was not ripped from my body as I was tied down and kept from me until I left the hospital. I was exceeding happy with our birth experience. I breastfed on the table while I was being stitched up. My recovery was quick and uncomplicated. The baby and I roomed in together for 4 days until discharge.
One thing I will agree with the authors is that the phrase "once a cesarean, always a cesarean" should be stricken from all doctor's vocabularies. I would go VBAC with a second pregnancy but not because of this book.
An informed consumer is a good consumer. I feel that this book is unfairly portraying the entire medical community as something evil to avoid at all costs and that if you're not utterly devastated by your c-sect delivery that you're abnormal. I would not look forward to full reconstruction after a long labor & 4th degree ripping too lightly ladies. My stepmom conplains 25 years later that she still is in pain from her "natural birth" experience.
I found this book offensive and would recommend instead
"A Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth".
Kim (mom to 11.5 lb baby girl c-sect on her due date)
Thank goodness an Internet friend steered me to "Vaginal Birth After Cesarean : The Smart Woman's Guide to VBAC" by Elizabeth Kaufman. Kaufman presented BOTH sides, and was far more helpful in helping me make a truly informed decision. I had a wonderful, medicated, hospital VBAC - and mother and baby are phyically and psychologically intact, despite Cohen and Estner's dire predictions of "failure".
My advice? Skip this fanatic, all-or-nothing book and get REAL information - from the book mentioned above, and from your OB/midwife/local hospital.