A caesarean section (C-Section) is an operation some people will undergo to deliver a baby. This can either be by choice or due to medical reasoning

Why do people have C-Sections

When preparing for birth the possibility of a C-Section should not be ruled out. There is the case that some people will choose to have a caesarean section (elective), this could be down to a number of reasons including pregnancy complications or medical conditions.

Other times there is the case that during active labour it is too risky to have a natural birth and an emergency C-Section is undergone. Once again, this could be due to a number of reasons one being fetal and maternal stress. It is quite a common conception for people to associate emergency and un-planned C-Sections, however, in the case of un-planned C-Sections this could be due to active labour is not naturally progressing. In either case this is something that can be quite distressing for new parents and doesn’t necessarily fit within their birthing plan.

C-Section Procedure

The procedure of a C-Section is usually carried out under epidural or spinal anaesthetic. This means during the process you will be awake during, however, the bottom half of the body will be completely numb.

During a caesarean section

  • a screen will be placed in front of you to obstruct your view of the procedure. The medical team will keep you informed about what is happening.
  • a 10 to 20cm incision across your lower abdomen and uterus to deliver your baby. You may experience some tugging and pulling sensations during the surgery.
  • After the delivery, you and your birth partner will be able to see and hold your baby immediately, provided the baby is in good health. However, if the baby is born due to fetal distress and requires resuscitation, they may be taken straight to a pediatrician.

The whole procedure should take between 40-50 minutes.


Post C-Section Care

After the C-Section procedure the average stay required in hospital is up to 4 days total. Following your C-Section you may find there will be some slight discomfort around the stomach area.

Post C-Section care is important and you will be given medical advice to follow this may include not being able to drive for the first 6 weeks. This is something that will be confirmed at your postnatal appointment.

The incision on your stomach will form a scar and this will fade over time. Scar treatment using silicone has been scientifically proven to reduce the appearance of scars. It is common to suffer with different complaints with your C-Section scar, it’s even more important to understand when you should seek professional help regarding your scar.  Don’t leave it too late to start your post C-Section recovery.