A cesarean section, or C-section, is a method of delivery where a baby is birthed through an incision made in the mother’s lower abdomen. While it is somewhat riskier for the mother, it is safe for the baby (or babies), and sometimes life-saving. While we always try to let mother nature do her work the way it was intended, we are prepared to intervene to allow families to bring home a healthy mother and baby after delivery.
When you have never given birth via a C-section, even if you have given birth vaginally before, this is called a “primary cesarean section.” When you opt to have another C-section after you’ve already had one in a previous birth, this is called an “elective repeat cesarean section.” If you want to try to have a vaginal birth after C-section, this is called a Trial of Labor or VBAC.
While Capital Women’s Care discourages primary C-sections, there are some cases where there is a sound medical reason to consider this procedure. These might include:
Other complications with pregnancy or delivery might require that you have an emergency cesarean section. While this is less common, it is good to be prepared for anything when it comes to the best interests of you and your baby.
Even if you don’t plan on having a C-section, it’s important to understand what a C-section will involve, what the risks are, and what your recovery will be like. That way, if you need one, you’ll know what to expect.
When it comes to recovery from a C-section, every woman is different. The challenges will also be different than the ones you experienced if you’ve ever given vaginal birth.
You will most likely return home after two to three days, and you can manage pain with medication, walking, and rest. Your physician will monitor you to make sure there are no signs of infection at your incision site.
If you’re considering a C-section or have questions for the team at Capital Women’s Care, book an appointment to speak with a qualified physician today.