Posted by: brambledoula | October 17, 2007

Cesarean Questionaire

Came across this elsewhere, thought it worthy to pass on here since I once tried to write a cesarean book (and have temporarily given up), and feel there should be more of them out there.

Please respond to her email address.

I am finishing a cesarean section prevention book. The book is not mainly stories, but rather has some quotes sprinkled through out. The aim is to get women to say no to the first cesarean, but it does also address VBAC planning and VBAC denial. If you are interested please consider answering some of the below questions. You can say as much or as little as you like, you can also feel free to answer only the ones that you would like or are interested in answering.

This survey is for ANYONE who has been pregnant or is contemplating pregnancy and thinking ahead to your birth choices. You do NOT have had to have had a cesarean or have had a VBAC.

Thanks and if you have any questions, just let me know.


1. Please give me your full name, how you want to be identified (full name, first name only, anon, etc.), your general location, number of children, number of cesareans, number of VBACs, anything else pertinent to your story.

2. Did (do) you ever believe that you might have a cesarean? When did you first think that a cesarean was a possibility for your birth?

3. When did your practitioner bring up a discussion about cesarean? Before labor? During labor? Was it a surprise?

4. If you had a cesarean, do you think you could have done anything to prevent it?

5. If you had a cesarean, did you or your baby experience complications? If yes, which ones and how did you feel about this?

6. If you had one good piece of advice for pregnant women or women considering having a baby, what would it be when it comes to cesarean prevention?

7. What is one sure way to have a cesarean?

8. Did you try to prevent a cesarean? If so, how? (Did you switch doctors or midwives? Did you pay out of pocket for a homebirth? Did you stay home longer than you normally would have? Hire a doula? Stuff like that…)

9. Advice for pregnant women in talking to those offering birth horror stories?

10. Where did you get a positive view of birth? Where should others turn?

11. If you have had a VBAC, what resistance did you have? (If any.)

12. What is the hardest part of having a VBAC?

13. Anything else you’d like to add?

Please send these questions with answers to me at: robin AT robineliseweiss DOT com

Robin Elise Weiss, LCCE

Author of Guide to Having a Baby

and other pregnancy and parenting books


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