What Is a Cesarean Section?
A cesarean section, or a C-section, is a surgical procedure used to deliver a baby when a vaginal birth is not available. The procedure cuts through the abdomen into the uterus of the mother to remove the baby. It is often used in emergency circumstances or when the mother has already had a C-Section and is no longer able to give birth naturally.
Why Would a Cesarean Section Be Necessary?
There are many reasons that a cesarean section might be the best option for delivery including:
· Stalled labor: If there are complications with the cervix not opening or being too small for the child, a C-Section provides the ability to reduce trauma on the mother and child.
· Abnormal position: If the baby is not positioned face first during the birth process and the doctor is unable to make a manual adjustment, a C-Section can be introduced to prevent the baby from breathing before they have completed the birth canal.
· Multiple babies: Multiple babies are often difficult for the mother to push through the cervix. A C-Section makes this process easier.
· Problems with the umbilical cord or placenta: If a baby is at risk for health complications, a C-Section is much faster than biological birth.
· Previous C-sections: Once a woman has given birth once, she is likely lacking in the strength to push the baby out naturally. Often these women will need to have additional C-Sections to ensure the health of mother and child.
What Happens During a C-section?
A C-section is typically scheduled in advance, although it can be used in the case of an emergency during delivery. The mother to be is anesthetized and the baby is surgically removed from her uterus. Some of the benefits to this method are the controlled environment of the surgery, a quicker delivery for the mother and child, and a less traumatic experience for mother and child.