labor will get to the point where a cesarean
section, or a c-section, is advised. Some
women know going into their delivery that
the c-section is their only option. For
other women, the recommendation of a c-section
may be unexpected. That’s why you
should always keep in the back of your
mind the chance you will need to have
a c-section, and make the necessary preparations.
The c-section may be very quick, due to
an emergency, or may not occur until after
hours of labor. Every c-section differs
depending on the circumstances.
A c-section will be performed for a number
of reasons, including:
- Previous c-section (although many women have
normal vaginal births after cesarean sections, there is a risk
for uterine rupture and
- Large baby
- Breech position
- Chronic disease or condition in mother that
can be worsened by stress of labor
- Genital herpes in mother
- Placenta blocking cervix
- It is two or more weeks past intended
- Some instances of multiple births
During the c-section, you will be given
an epidural/spinal. In rare circumstances, you will be
put to sleep using general anesthesia.
If you get an epidural/spinal, a screen
will be put up so that you can’t
see the procedure happening. Your coach/spouse
will be able to stay with you during the
procedure if you are awake. But, if you
are under a general anesthesia, he or
she may be asked to leave the room during
the incision and called back in for delivery.
The c-section is performed by making incisions
into each layer of your skin, abdomen,
uterus, etc. until the baby can be removed.
You will not feel pain, but you may feel
the surgeon moving about.
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