Pregnancy and Babycare: Caesarean Section Birth

Pregnancy and Babycare: Caesarean Section Birth

Giving birth is a very special feeling but sometimes it can get a little complicated. There are two types of deliveries, first is vaginal and the second is the C-section (cesarean section). Vaginal delivery is the natural way of birthing a baby; on the other hand, a C-section might be performed on women who may have had some kind of complication before or during the delivery. Sometimes, chances of having a C-section can be foretold. If you have had a C-section before or have had invasive uterine surgeries like Myomectomy then your chances of repeating a C-section increase.

Other conditions that might lead to a cesarean are; if you are carrying more than one baby (Vaginal delivery is also possible), if your baby is too large (condition called Macrosomia), if your baby is in a transverse or breech position, i.e. when your placenta is low and covers the cervix or if you are HIV positive and results show that the viral load is high. There are many other reasons as well that can result in a cesarean. If you are about to have a c-section your doctor will first ask for your consent. If a decision has to be made in case of an emergency then your doctor will do what is best for you. In most of the cases, a spinal block or an epidural is administered. The anesthesia numbs the lower region of your body but you will be wide awake and you will be able to see your baby being born. A catheter will be inserted in your urethra for the urine to be drained out and an IV will be given to you. After being shifted to the operation room a screen will be used so that you are not able to see the incision. After the anesthesia starts numbing your body, antiseptic will be swabbed on your belly.

An incision will be made on your belly just above the pelvic bone. After the cut is made another cut in the lower section of your uterus will be made which is known as low transverse incision. After this, your baby will be taken out by the doctor and handed over to the nurse who will examine your baby. Your placenta will then be removed by the doctor and finally your incision will be stitched. After that your little bundle of joy will be handed over to you and you can finally see your baby and kiss him/her. After your internal stitching is done, the last layer will be closed with staples or stitches. It will take around a week’s time to remove your stitches. You will be wheeled to the recovery room afterwards and monitored closely. You can breastfeed your baby at this time and finally celebrate the arrival of this new life that you have brought into the world.

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