Re: birth plan. I replied in your other thread, but I think this thread is the place to be! (And, I didn't really provide a plan anyway!)
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11/29/05 at 12:29am
Originally Posted by wombatclay
I loooooved the Badger Balm healing balm (I think they called it healing balm, might have been healing oil or something like that) for massaging over my incision. I know you're supposed to do the scar massage without oil or lotion, but in the first few weeks it was just too uncomfortable. And the badger balm stuff smelled wonderful and felt great rubbed across my tummy and incision area. You can usually start gentle scar massage within a week or so of the c/s (once the skin has healed over) but you friend might want to ask her doctor just to be on the safe side.
Oh, and I had a great "bath salt" type product a friend made me for soaking my feet while nursing....lots of mint and lavender. It was a relaxing pick-me-up (I know that sounds funny) that really helped since my feet were swollen after my c/s.
Anyway, a yummy massage lotion/moisturizer or an herbal foot soak might be a nice addition. Your friend is so lucky to have someone like you to think of her needs at this time (rather than just the baby's!).
Originally Posted by Storm Bride
April, I didn't have any "pampering" stuff with any of my sections - but a lot of moms have said that they really enjoyed something warm (hot water bottle, microwaveble heat pad, etc.) pressed against the abdomen. Maybe you could include something like that?
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Originally Posted by wombatclay
One books to check might be "Cesarean section : understanding and celebrating your baby's birth" by Michele Moore and Caroline de Costa (Johns Hopkins University Press).
I had an unplanned c/s and found this book later...it's aimed more at women planning cesareans, and takes the (unconventional for the mothering community) view that since so many women DO have cesareans, it doesn't make sense to discuss c/s as an "un-natural" or "non-normal" event. According to the book jacket:
I didn't agree with all the information presented (or at least, I didn't always agree with the WAY that information was presented), but I think that in the case of a planned c/s this might be a great resource!
good luck mama...it sounds like you're in for a wonderful adventure!
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