Homebirth Cesarean (Paperback)

Stories and Support for Families and Healthcare Providers

By Laurie Perron Mednick Cpm, Claudia Baskind (Contribution by), Courtney Key Jarecki

Incisio Press, 9780986203930, 376pp.

Publication Date: March 15, 2015

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The term "homebirth cesarean" has only recently entered the birth world's lexicon. The phrase, which refers to a planned out-of-hospital birth that ends in the hospital operating room, now represents new understanding and healing pathways for mothers, families, and birth professionals. In capturing more than 250 voices from across the birth world-from mothers and partners, to midwives, OB/GYNs, birth visionaries and more-"Homebirth Cesarean" sets a new benchmark for conversations, tools, and shared healing. "Homebirth Cesarean" is designed to follow a mother's journey from pregnancy, through birth, beyond the postpartum year, and continues with the possibility and birth of another child. This book shows the raw power of birth trauma from home to operating room to back home again, and reveals hopeful resolution pieces for mothers, partners, and birth professionals. This book brings deeper understanding to these unrecognized births, celebrates those transformed by them, and provides childbirth professionals with tools and information they need to support families along their parenting journeys. "Homebirth Cesarean" is an ideal companion for birth professionals, educators, and therapists, in addition to mothers, partners, family members, or anyone affected by these births.

About the Author

Courtney Jarecki has worked as a doula, childbirth educator, and a homebirth midwifery apprentice, but her path forever shifted after the birth of her daughter. In recovering from her 54-hour 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. Left without stories that reflected her own journey, she was driven to provide others with resources and support she could not find for herself. She is the author of "Homebirth Cesarean: Stories and Support for Families and Healthcare Providers" (Incisio Press, 2015), a book for mothers, families, and birth professionals that details the HBC experience from pregnancy through the subsequent birth of another child. As a companion piece, she also authored "Healing From a Homebirth Cesarean" (Incisio Press, 2015), a workbook for HBC mothers that offers a powerful and innovative approach, complete with self-directed practices, to align the cognitive, physical, emotional, and relational areas of life affected by an HBC. Courtney envisions a future where women of her daughter's generation will birth with knowledge and dignity regardless of location, and in the company of care providers who respect and understand their wishes. She is the founder of the Homebirth Cesarean movement and is actively working to broaden the conversation and education around homebirth cesareans through the support of mothers, families, and birth professionals. In balancing her writing, teaching, and leadership activities, she is the mama to Lazadae, wife to Dave, and alpha-female pack leader to hounds Satchel and Maji. She lives in Portland, Oregon. To attend an in-person or online workshop for birth professionals or healing retreat for mothers who experienced an HBC, visit www.courtneyjarecki.com