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Fewer Cesarean Sections

January 31, 2014, 6:18 PM by Casey Wonnenberg

Fewer Cesarean Sections

Jamie Hansberger is enjoying every milestone with her third daughter, Harper. While she treasures all three of her children the same, Hansberger says her delivery with Harper was the easiest and most memorable.

"It took me a long time to be ready to have another baby because of my previous experiences," Hansberger said.

With her first child, Hansberger had to have a C-section after 24 hours of labor. She also had to have a C-section with her second child, Olivia.

"My second one I had an injury. A couple days before I had her I fell down the stairs and broke one of my pelvic bones," Hansberger said.

But with her third daughter, Hansberger wanted to try a vaginal delivery.

"I really prepared myself physically. I was more physically fit before I got pregnant with my third child. I worked out throughout my whole pregnancy," Hansberger said.

Dr. Amy Kelley-Osdoba says staying in shape is just one of the ways you can try to prevent a C-section.

"Probably the best thing women can do if they want to avoid that first c-section is to wait for spontaneous labor. Women who are induced are a little bit more likely to have a C-section," Sanford Obstetrician/Gynecologist Dr. Amy Kelley-Osdoba said.

While there are many benefits to having a vaginal delivery, in some cases C-sections are needed.

"Certainly you don't have complete control of whether or not your baby is head down," Kelley-Osdoba said.

Also, like in Hansberger's oldest child's case, sometimes the baby doesn't tolerate labor.

"I had a horrible recovery with my previous C-sections. I didn't really feel like I was present for my babies before because of pain medications and not being able to hold them because of my C-section," Hansberger said.

Now Hansberger is thankful for her family of five and also that she got to experience a positive birth experience with Harper.

"She was put right on my chest, and it was one of the most amazing experiences I've ever had," Hansberger said.

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