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Best of the Birth Blogs – Week Ending September 25th

Your weekly one-stop for highlights from the birth blogosphere. Visit weekly for the latest on childbirth, especially related to cesarean prevention, recovery, and VBAC. To nominate a blog post to be featured here, email me at blog@ican-online.org

Science & Sensibility – Mad Birth: Are Today’s Women Better Off Than Betty Draper? Amy Romano contemplates today’s equivalent of “twilight sleep” in maternity care: “…I believe we’ve traded a visible, blatant form of labor ward paternalism for a new paternalism and a “standard of care” that presents to women bogus assurances of safety and autonomy.”

Cesarean Epidemic – Violating Women’s Rights: A thought-provoking reflection on the so-called “home birth debate.” Bottom line: “Women have fought for the past 100 years for all the amazing freedoms that we have today, and for doors to be closing left and right for choices women would like to make regarding their own medical care is downright frightening.”

Reality Rounds – Unexpected C-Section for Breech, and Expected C-Section for Breech with Unexpected Vertex Baby: You might want to be sure your surgeon is sure your baby is breech before the cesarean begins…

The Unnecessarian/Enjoy Birth – Best of Week: Enjoy Birth: Jill’s on hiatus this week, but has been posting “best of” posts from other bloggers. This one from Enjoy Birth suggests that there might be more to cesareans than just “planned” and “emergency”.

Empowering Birth Blog – Learning to Trust Your Baby: A beautiful, natural birth story about following the baby’s lead in labor.