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C-Section Recovery: Top Picks - the best cesearean recovery resources

No time or energy to figure out where to start? This is the list of the best help available. There is a little of everything here - links to books you can buy, info covering emotional and physical healing and tips on finding a postpartum doula to come to your home to help take care of you and your baby as you recover. Also see the FAQ (frequently asked questions) and Topics pages for more in depth resources.

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GreenDot Caesarean Birth: Your Guide & Resource To Caesareans This is a great site. It covers a great range of recovery issues including everything from "Caesarean Related Pains & Discomforts" to "Caring For a Caesarean Incision". This site has a wealth of information organized well and tackling all the issues you could hope for. Take a look here for tips, answers to questions and information about VBACs. To quote the site directly: "The goal of CaesareanBirth.Com is to create a website that provides information on all aspects of Caesarean Sections & VBACs while providing a warm atmosphere and plenty of reader communication." [NOTE: this site is no longer live, but has been archived by the Internet Archive Wayback Machine]

Birthrites - Healing After Caesarean Inc. An Australian non-profit group aiming to: "provide an emotional and physical support network for all women who've had a previous c/section....lobby to reduce the c/section rate and increase public awareness of the safety of VBAC/EBAC (Vaginal Birth After Caesarean/Empowered Birth After Caesarean).." This site has tons of information including info about healing, VBACs, planning a positive caesarean, support groups in Australia and much, much more.

GreenDot  International Cesarean Awareness Network, Inc. (ICAN) Online The International Cesarean Awareness Network, Inc. (ICAN) is a nonprofit organization that focuses on improving maternal-child health by preventing unnecessary cesareans through education, providing support for cesarean recovery, and promoting Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC). The site has extensive resources including statistics, white papers and a reading list. Chapter may exist in your area. Especially focuses on preventing c-sections and helping mom's navigate their way to a successful VBAC.

Lose Your GreenDot   Lose Your Mummy Tummy Written by R.N., personal trainer, fitness instructor and childbirth educator Julie Tupler it details how to get rid of you mummy tummy (her term). A fresh approach that actually explains why it is hard to get your tummy flatter after having a baby. Detailed photos showing how to do exercises. Includes a special section which addresses issues for those recovering from c-sections. I liked the tone of the book as well as the step by step approach. Instead of a laundry list of exercises to do, the book explains how to gradually work your way through the 'Tupler Technique'. Explains clearly why doing a million crunches *won't* get your tummy flat after you have had a baby.

Cesarean Recovery Cesarean Recovery (written by a personal trainer) This book was written by a personal trainer and subsequently focuses on an exercise program to bring the post c-section mom from the hospital through to regaining her pre-pregnancy body. It also has brief sections on breastfeeding, emotional issues and a basic overview of the surgery itself. Great photos of women doing the exercises along with clear guidelines of when to progress to each level of exercise.

GreenDot  Breastfeeding After a Cesarean A thorough article with lots of tips and details about how to maximize your chances for success in breastfeeding after a cesarean. Includes illustrations to help you understand positioning tips.

Caesarean Birth: Making Informed Choices This online booklet was created by an Australian non-profit organization called Birthrites: Healing After Caesarean Inc. It is very in depth and has a wealth of information both about c-sections in general as well as specific tips for physical and emotional healing. (PDF download)

GreenDot  Emotional Recovery From A Cesarean Amazing resource that covers all sorts of emotional issues caused by c-sections, and help in finding the road to recovery. Especially helpful if you feel that no-one is hearing you when you talk about how hard your recovery has been emotionally. Also a great resource for those trying to understand someone who is having a hard emotional recovery after a c-section.

The Essential C-Section

 Guide GreenDot  The Essential C-Section Guide: Pain Control, Healing at Home, Getting Your Body Back, and Everything Else You Need to Know About a Cesarean Birth This book, published in June of 2004, covers everything from the basics of c-section procedures to information about side effects and all aspects of recovery afterwards. Written by two journalists who both have had c-sections themselves, this book is a good first stop both for women who know they will be having a c-section as well as those who unexpectedly had one after an attempt at a natural delivery.

Dona.org: Postpartum Doula Position Paper Find out more about how a postpartum doula can help you as you start your role as a new mother.  While this paper does not explicitly mention c-section recovery, it is clear that a mother recovering from a c-section can only benefit from more of this sort of support.

Postpartum Depression: Assorted Books Browse this list of books addressing the topic of postpartum depression. There are lots of options here - everything from first person accounts to guides on how to survive and conquer this incredible challenge.

Jennifer Gianni's Fusion Pilates for Post Pregnancy & C-Section Recovery Jennifer Gianni's Fusion Pilates for Post Pregnancy & C-Section Recovery Includes general c-section recovery information (some filmed in the hospital!). A great choice for the mom who can't wait to get started doing some sort of exercise - it includes what they call a "SAFE First Six Weeks Exercise Plan" which even for c-section moms can start right away. Workout strengthens core muscles and includes yoga-infused pilates and low-impact cardio.

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