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Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Research inconclusive on after-effects of C-section


Part 2 of a three-part series on rise of C-section rate in Canada, after-effects and how to avoid them.

By Sharon Kirkey, Canwest News ServiceAugust 4, 2009

"Something's missing."

Claudia Villeneuve often hears those words at the support group for women who have had caesarean sections.

She has heard women describe the sensation of their babies being pulled from their bodies, of feeling helpless, and sometimes ignored by the operating room staff, as if somehow she weren't present.

"The birth of your children, those days are marked in your soul forever," says Villeneuve, president of the International Cesarean Awareness Network of Canada.

"If that experience was demeaning in any way, or if you felt helpless, there is a lot of internal conflict."

As Canada's caesarean section rate climbs, calls are growing for more research into the psychological effects of surgical births on women, and on early mother-baby bonding. Recent experiments are offering new insights into how modes of delivery may affect the postpartum brain…

Research inconclusive on after-effects of C-section

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