Caesarian birth: What I need to know

A Caesarean or C-Sec birth is when the baby is delivered via a surgical incision in the mother’s abdomen and uterus. There can be various reasons why you would have a scheduled C-Sec: You have had previously more than one C-Sec, you have had an invasive uterine surgery before, you are having a large baby, etc.You could also have an emergency C-Sec in case inducing or continuing labour could be risky for you and the baby – your baby stops moving down the uterine canal, the baby’s heart rate can’t withstand labour, etc.When being taken for a C-Sec this is how things will happen:
  • A catheter will be inserted to drain urine during the procedure
  • An IVF will be begun to for fluids and medication
  • You will be prepared for the surgery – pubic hair may be shaved off, etc.
  • You will be given an anaesthesia to numb your lower half
  • A screen will block your viewing the actual procedure
Once the anaesthesia takes effect:
  • Your belly will be cleaned with an antiseptic and the doctor will make a small incision above the pubic bone
  • The doctor will then cut through the underlying tissues and muscles
  • On reaching the uterus she will make an incision on the lower section of the uterus
  • The doctor will then pull out your baby
  • The umbilical cord will be cut
  • The placenta will be delivered and you will be stitched up
Your inner stitches will dissolve while your outer stitches may either dissolve or need to be cut a week later. You will need to be in the hospital for about 3 days post the surgery where you will be monitored and given the adequate pain medication.A C-Sec can increase your risks of an infection, excessive bleeding, blood clots, more postpartum pain, etc.