Most moms-to-be don't plan to have a c-section, but nearly a third of all babies born in the U.S. are delivered this way, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. "The odds of having a c-section are pretty high, but most women still don’t think it will happen to them," says Tara Poulin, founder of the childbirth education organization Birthing Gently and a doula who works only with women who have scheduled c-sections. Whether you know you'll be delivering by c-section or you want to be prepared just in case, here's what you can do ahead of time.
Do Your Homework
Even if you’re at low risk for a c-section birth, it's a good idea to know what to expect. "Many childbirth education classes barely touch on c-sections which leaves women unprepared for the experience," says Poulin. It's key to be prepared for this possibility, she says: Women who have an unexpected c-section are more likely to suffer from postpartum depression.