National Cesarean Awareness Month

National Cesarean Awareness Month

April is National Cesarean Awareness Month.

It’s a time for pregnant mamas to prepare for the potential by getting educated and asking their provider important questions. It’s a time to raise awareness about benefits and risks as the number of c-sections in our country reach an all time high. It’s also a time to give a pat on the back to mamas who have endured a cesarean – a major abdominal surgery on top of caring for a newborn; mamas who have cesareans are super heroes in my book!

For me, this month reminds me to say a special thank you to my Mom, because 26 years ago she experienced 24 hours of labor followed by a provider recommended c-section (and therefore the related recovery) in order to bring little Gretchen into the world. So, thank you Mom! Thank you for sacrificing your body for me in a very special way!

If you plan to have a little one in the future, here is a list of worthwhile resources to peruse … education is power!


My Mom is trained as a birth and postpartum doula now and more than once I’ve heard her say, “If I had known about fetal positioning and other options for avoiding a c-section I wonder if things would have been different …” And that’s what this month is all about. Sharing information and research so parents arrive at birth with a bag full of resources to ensure they and their baby experience the best birth possible.

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Gretchen hails from the beautiful Pacific Northwest along with her husband and two young children. Before transitioning to life as a stay at home mom, Gretchen worked in sales and marketing while earning her Masters in Management and Organizational Leadership. Now her days are focused on managing meal plans and nap times while organizing her sewing stash and children's toy bins. My oh my, how life changes in the blink of an eye! Gretchen writes frequently about natural parenting, becoming more environmentally conscience, her affinity for thrifted treasures, and hopes of making it out of yoga pants each day on her blog That Mama Gretchen (


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