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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Episode 179: Homebirth Cesarean (Epilogue)

Tonight Dana was joined by former Maternally Yours co-host Cheryl Kindred of Maiden to Mother and author Courtney Jarecki. Jarecki has worked as a full spectrum doula, childbirth educator, and homebirth midwifery apprentice before giving birth to her daughter. In recovering from her 3-day home labor, hospital transport, and cesarean, she soon began creating a new model of understanding for planned out-of-hospital births that end in cesareans, now known as homebirth cesareans (HBC), a term she coined. Courtney is the author of 2 books about the homebirth cesarean experience. The main book is titled Homebirth Cesarean and the 2nd is a workbook for cesarean mothers titled Healing From a Homebirth Cesarean. She is also the co-founder and executive director of Homebirth Cesarean International, a nonprofit that promotes awareness and support around planned out-of-hospital births that end in cesareans.

Jarecki wrote these books after experiencing an HBC and examining the gap in care for homebirth cesareans, even though they happen in 5 to 15 percent of homebirthers. Unplanned cesareans are physically and emotionally demanding for all mothers, but Jarecki explains how unplanned cesareans for homebirthers are even more traumatic. She also gave some advice to women who may be recovering form a HBC, as well as helped to illuminate the role of the family, doula, and midwife in a homebirth cesarean situation.

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