The cesarean section, known most commonly as a C-section, is a procedure created to surgically deliver a baby through the abdomen during childbirth. This is the opposite of vaginal childbirth, where the baby is delivered through the vaginal canal.
The C-section procedure is necessary for many expectant mothers and recommended for many others. Request additional C-section information today: Call (718) 743-0505 or contact us online.
What is a C-Section?
The C-section is a shorthand term for cesarean delivery. This procedure is performed for many different reasons; some are medically necessary for a safe delivery while others may be a matter of choice for the mother.
Some of the reasons why a C-section may be necessary include:
- Stalled labor
- Weak cervix
- Abnormally positioned or sideways fetus
- Umbilical cord looping
- Detached placenta
- Pre-existing health condition in mother
- Previous C-section
Some women choose to receive a C-section when it is not medically necessary because they wish to avoid labor or possible vaginal birth complications.
Having a C-section does not automatically disqualify a mother from having a vaginal birth in the future. This is known as vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC) and comes with its own qualifications and concerns.
How Does a C-Section Work?
Some C-sections are planned far in advance, while others will be performed if an issue arising during labor or childbirth. Regardless of the circumstances, there general procedure is the same. During a C-section:
- The abdomen and surgical site are cleaned.
- A catheter will likely be inserted.
- Anesthesia will be applied, if it has not already been as a part of labor.
- An incision is made through the abdomen. The size of the incision will vary depending on the circumstances of the procedure.
- Another incision is made through the uterus, which will vary depending on the baby's position.
- The baby is delivered through these incisions.
There is some downtime after a C-section is performed. This includes a stay at the hospital, which may include intravenous pain medication. It's important to rest and relax in the weeks following a C-section, as it will take some time for the scar to completely heal.
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A C-section is an important procedure for childbirth. If you're interested in having a planned C-section or learning more about the procedure, call (718) 743-0505 or contact us online.