Cesarean Section Birth
By Cixx Admin Date Posted.. 2009-09-22 17:23:24
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 If you’re pregnant, it’s smart to educate yourself about cesarean section births, in case it’s something that you need to have or an option you’d just like to explore.  Despite the fashionable belief that you can get a c-section just to avoid unsightly tearing and damage, there’s much more to this procedure than just an easy way to bring a baby into the world.

A cesarean section birth involves surgically removing the child from the mother’s abdomen with a specialized incision.  In special cases, a c-section can be scheduled in advance you so know exactly what day your child is coming into the world.  Most likely, however, a c-section will be performed due to unforeseen complications around the time of delivery. C-sections are becoming much more popular with each year.  Many people wrongly assume that a cesarean section is the “easy way out”, but in reality, this kind of abdominal surgery is much more dangerous than a natural vaginal delivery.  You risk the perils of infection, blood clots, hemorrhaging, long hospital stays, and a much more extended recovery time. 

Your risk only increases with the more cesarean section births you have.  All this considered there are many cases when a c-section delivery is essential for the health of both mother and baby.  If you’ve already had a cesarean birth before, or you’ve had some kind of invasive uterine surgery in the past, you’re probably going to be better off with another c-section.

If you’re having more than one baby at a time, an abnormally large baby, a baby in an upside down or sideways position, or if the baby has a known illness or abnormality, you will almost definitely be given a cesarean.  These kinds of complications make a traditional vaginal birth much more risky.  This is also the case if you’re HIV positive.

In most of the above cases, the doctors would know ahead of time about these issues and would schedule a c-section on a particular date.  However, in some cases you will have an unplanned c-section due to inadequate cervical dilation during delivery, baby’s low heart rate during labor, problems with the umbilical cord during labor,  or a genital herpes outbreak during labor.

Your doctor will always consult you before performing the cesarean, informing you as to why the procedure is necessary, and you’ll need to sign a consent form.   Only in the most extreme situations will you be given general anesthesia for a c-section.   Most women are given an epidural to numb the lower half of your body during the procedure.

There will also be insertion of a catheter and an IV.  A screen will be lifted so that you do not need to see the procedure as its happening. 

A cesarean birth is no walk in the park, contrary to popular belief, and is often much more traumatizing than a natural birth. 


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