Emergency C-section: All you need to know

Emergency C-section

Emergency C-Section: All you need to know

You might be rooting for a vaginal delivery but certain medical complications can alter those dreams, forcing you to opt for an Emergency C-Section. This may be disappointing if you were focussed on a vaginal delivery but it is not something you should be worrying too much about.

Sure a C-Section is after all a major surgery, where the baby will be born when the doctor cuts open your stomach and uterus, but if you prepare well it might be something you will handle better than you think you would!

Reasons you may need an emergency C-section

An emergency C-Section can be quickly arranged under the following circumstances –

  1. Your labour does not seem to be moving on after reaching a certain stage.
  2. You are too exhausted or the foetus begins to experience distress.
  3. If your umbilical cord slips into the birth canal
  4. If your uterus ruptures

Risks involved in emergency C-section

An emergency C-section is not risk free even though at that point it is the best option for both you and your baby. Some of the risks of an emergency C-section include:

  • bleeding
  • Clotting of blood
  • Respiratory issues for the baby, especially if it needs to be done before 39 weeks of pregnancy
  • Increased risk of surgery for future baby
  • Risk of infection to stitches
  • Injury to the baby during surgery
  • Much longer recovery times when compared to a normal vaginal birth
  • Risk of injury to other organs during delivery

What is a planned C-section?

A planned/ elective C-Section is on the other hand scheduled before your labour actually takes place. This is preplanned and has the mutual agreement between the doctor and the patient before hand. This of course gives you more time to be prepared for the surgery; an emergency C-Section may not really give you too much time at hand.

Other than the reason for the surgery, an emergency C-Section is pretty much like an elective C-Section.

  • You will be asked to give your consent for the surgery which you have every right to refuse.
  • You will then be prepared for the surgery and your blood pressure will be monitored and you will be tested for anaemia.
  • You will be given
    • drips to prevent fall in blood pressure
    • anaesthetic to numb the bottom half of the body
    • a catheter to help empty the urinary bladder
    • antibiotics to prevent infection
  • Your stomach and uterus will be cut to deliver the baby