What Every Pregnant Woman Needs to Know About Cesarean Birth

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A guide for pregnant people on cesarean births, also known as c-sections, with answers to frequently asked questions, explanations on the experience of undergoing a c-section, questions to ask your doctor, and more.

“New research is discovering ways that labor and vaginal birth are good for babies, too. The hormones that cause labor to start and progress actually help the baby get ready to be born, reducing the chance of problems like breathing difficulties. Babies that are born vaginally also have lower rates of some serious childhood diseases like asthma, child-onset diabetes and allergies and are less likely to become obese. Researchers think these benefits have to do with healthy bacteria babies are exposed to during vaginal birth.”