Kim Kardashian-West is currently trying to turn her breech baby to avoid a caserian delivery. Here we look at some positive c-section tips and advice from our bloggers...
Celebrity mum Kim Kardashian-West, 38 weeks pregnant with her second child, has spoken out about how her baby boy is currently breech and she is facing a c-section delivery. Kim - who once famously said she was prepared to eat her own placenta - says she is not keen on the idea of a caesarian delivery and is doing everything she can to avoid one, including sitting upside down, placing ice on her bump, trying acupuncture and even hypnosis - all in a bid to get her baby to turn.
But are c-sections all that bad? For many women they are the only option to give birth, and most importantly the safest possible outcome for mum and baby for a myriad of both physical, mental and personal reasons.
If you're facing a c-section delivery, or have chosen one, here's some words of wisdom, tips and advice from our TalkMum bloggers.
Can c-sections be a positive experience? Absolutely. Katie from Mummy, Daddy and Me had both of her children via c-section, and explained more about her happy c-section deliveries in her latest TalkMum video.
You can also read her post on documenting her pregnancies online and why exactly we're all so obsessed with birth stories.
Were you aware you can request delayed cord clamping and also immediate skin-to-skin when having a c-section? Eilidh from Mummy and Monkeys had a c-section delivery with her third baby, and gave us six tips based on what she wished she'd known about caesareans. Make sure you read her post.
'Having a c section is not an easy option and it definitely does not make you any less of a Mum.' says Eilidh. 'It was such an emotional, amazing experience, bringing our baby girl into the world and I am forever grateful that she was delivered safely in this way and that I got to experience it with my partner. It is a moment that is always going to be remembered by both of us as being special, despite the circumstances.
Faced with an emergency c-section? Eleanor from The Bristol Parent had an unplanned, emergency caesarian delivery after her waters broke but she didn't progress quickly enough. But for her it was a positive experience that didn't mean panic, drama or any negativity.
Eleanor says 'A c-section was the only way of birthing that I hadn’t considered or planned for...If you’re expecting a baby, when it comes to birth, you’ll get told birth stories, not given advice, and I think that’s a good thing. You can plan for labour and birth but you can’t plan for how your body will decide to take things. Don’t be scared of an emergency c-section, read about the risks and benefits and listen to tales like mine. Emergency doesn’t necessarily mean danger or panic.' Read more in her emergency c-section birth story
Did you have a c-section delivery? Leave a comment and let us know if you have any tips.