It is human for every couple to face the dilemma of this big question – “Whether they should go with the traditional method of child birth or with the modern Cesarean or C-section birth?” Let’s know all about C-section.
Every woman wishes to have the vaginal delivery. It is best that the expectant parents should meet their gynecologist and take their counsel on the birthing plan. This will give them clarity on the risks and benefits associated with delivery method.
There can be planned C-section cases where vaginal birth is visibly too risky. Some such conditions are:
- Planned C-section happens when the woman is expecting twins or multiples.
- It can also be in case of some medical condition such as diabetes or high blood pressure.
- Another situation where C-sec becomes necessary is when the woman develops some infection which could pass to the baby during vaginal birth. HIV or genital herpes are some examples.
- If the woman experiences problem with the placenta, the doctor needs to opt for C-sec delivery.
What is C-section?
A caesarean section (C-section) is a major abdominal surgery to lift the baby out through the incision made above your bikini line.
It can be a planned (elective) C-section where you already know that the mode of delivery would be through C-sec. An emergency C-section is when your gynecologist and the team decides in that moment that C-section is going to be safer way of delivering the baby.
Benefits of C-section
- Although vaginal birth is a natural process, a C-section is more convenient and predictable.
- It is possible to pre-plan your delivery.
- It helps in mentally preparing yourself for the abdominal surgery.
- The stress and anxiety is lower.
- There is lesser risk associated with pain during sex.
Risks associated with C-section
- The pain lasts longer and the recovery time is much longer. It also requires a longer hospitalization, usually of 3-4 days, and may extend further in case of complication.
- The number of hospital visits increase in this process.
- There is a high probability of developing infection in the wound or the lining of the womb.
- In some cases where there are problems with placenta or bleeding during pregnancy, it may likely lead to excessive bleeding. This may also require blood transfusion or may force doctor to remove the womb.
- There is a threat of developing further complications because of the use of anesthesia.
- Skin to skin touch immediately after the birth plays a significant role in building the emotional bond between the mother and the baby. However, after a C-section, the woman takes time to come out of anesthesia before she can feel the baby. This may be delayed further depending on her pain.
- Breastfeeding needs to be delayed till the effect of anesthesia in the blood stream disappears.
- Once you have a C-section delivery, the chances of giving birth through normal delivery become feeble.
- The mortality rate for the mother is higher in cesarean delivery.
- There might be complications in getting pregnant too. The problems in future pregnancies can be stillbirth, miscarriage or low-lying placenta.
- A C-section may sometimes lead to heart attack.
- The baby might need to be admitted to the neonatal unit for stabilizing.
- There are chances of baby facing breathing problems. This can be because the amniotic fluid is not expelled naturally from the baby’s lungs.
- The child may face weaker immune system. It may be so because during the vaginal birth process, the baby ingests some protective bacteria which help in boosting the immune system.
If you are expecting a C-section Delivery or scared about it, just focus on positivity and take care of your good health, proper eating and sufficient exercise. Be eager for a beautiful tomorrow with a new life in your hands.