Why a C-Section May Be the Best Option for You

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Published on: May 2, 2018

Cesarean or a C-section is a type of surgery that involves making an incision into the uterus to give birth to a baby. For some women, a vaginal birth just isn’t possible and may cause complications for both the mother and the child. If your doctors have advised you to go through a C-section, it doesn’t mean that you have failed your pregnancy or that you are a bad mother. There are a lot of valid reasons why some women need a C-section.

What is a C-Section and How is it Done?
There have been records and tales of pregnant women who were cut open when they were unable to deliver the baby, especially if the mother is dying or has just died. Some historians claim that Julius Caesar was born through that process, while others point out that it was one of his ancestors who had a Cesarean because Caesar’s mother survived childbirth. There were other accounts of successful operations in which the mother survived, but the most reliable records came from the procedure performed by Jesse Bennett in 1794 and by James Barry in the early 1800s.

Today’s C-sections are a lot safer than the previous methods. The mother has a team of specialists who continuously monitor her vital signs. She is also given an intravenous tube and a catheter is inserted in the bladder during the preparations. The doctor will then make a incision on the lower part of the abdomen, usually near the bikini line, and then again in the uterus. Once the newborn is removed, the doctor will remove the placenta before closing the incisions.

What are the Reasons for Performing a C-Section?
There may be times when a planned vaginal delivery might not be a good option for the mother and the child. This is why some doctors constantly remind expectant mothers to prepare for an emergency caesarean even if there are no problems leading to labor. An emergency cesarean may be necessary for the following reasons:

• The mother has a medical condition that might cause complications (cardiovascular issues, diabetes, or is overweight/obese)
• The mother has pre-eclampsia or eclampsia
• The labor is long and slow; or the cervix has not fully opened, making vaginal birth very difficult
• The mother is bleeding heavily during labor
• The mother suffers from uterine rupture, which means that the scar from the previous C-section has torn
• The baby is in a breach position or lying in a bottom-down position
• The baby is in a transverse position or is lying sideways

• The baby’s position keeps changing or is unstable
• The baby’s vital signs are critical and needs to be delivered right away
• The mother has a low-lying placenta, called placenta praevia
• The mother suffers from placental abruption during labor, which can be risky for the baby
• The mother has a prolapse of the umbilical cord, which means that the cord has slipped ahead of the infant and could possibly cut off the oxygen supply
• The mother has a history of difficult labor/childbirth or has had a C-section before
• The mother might have difficulties delivering twins or multiples

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