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Back in the day when I had my first baby, birth plans were virtually unheard of for scheduled c-sections. The extent of the planning was pretty well left with Doctors secretary booking the agreed the date with the hospital and you then arriving at admissions to be prepared for surgery. All that happened from then on was strictly in accordance with routine hospital protocol. The idea of woman-centred care had not yet dawned and mothers and babies were largely beholden to the hospital’s routine. My babies were all introduced briefly to me then whisked out of the operating theatre to...

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Gas pains can be painful during C-section(CS) recovery and can make you feel like you are about to ‘lift off’.  The main cause of gas pain is trapped air in the abdominal cavity and large intestine. After a CS it is common for a slowing of the the bowel activity for several hours or days. Although this usually resolves by itself in a few days, it may be very uncomfortable. The retained gases and stools can cause the abdomen to become swollen and have painful cramps.  The side effects of some pain relieving medications following the surgery can also delay bowel activity. In...

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You, your family or someone you care for, all need to know how to access safe healthcare.

Australia's National peak body for Safety and Quality in Health care (ASQHC) can help you find safe and quality health care. Their booklet lists 9 'Top Tips for Safe Health Care' and is designed to guide you in planning your care in partnership with your healthcare provi

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The practice of whisking babies away after a brief meeting with mum and dad is thankfully changing. More and more research is discovering the benefits of immediate skin-to-skin contact for both mother and baby at birth.  I speak from both personal and professional experience having had all my babies briefly introduced before being taken away for assessment and labelling. I remember vividly the ache in my heart at not being able to hold or see my babies until sometime later. I needed to be stitched up before I was eventually free to hold my baby and then they were so...

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Skin-to-skin contact with baby after caesarean birth?

 

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