Childbirth is one of the most blessed miracles of life. Imagine the pure joy that comes with bringing a tiny being into the world, and that too, after undergoing many hardships!
Today, childbirth is no longer as risky as it once was. Specialist healthcare professionals and hospitals that boast of state-of-the-art facilities have ensured that both mother and baby remain safe and sound. At times, however, the birthing process may get a little bit too complicated, necessitating the need for life saving Cesarean section, popularly known as c section.
Let’s take a brief look at what a C-section is, and what are the factors that you need to take into consideration while opting to give birth via C-section.
What’s A Cesarean Section?
According to www.livestrong.com, a C-section is a medical procedure that facilitates the delivery of the baby via a surgical cut, made in the stomach, and subsequently, the uterus of the expectant mother. The name does bear close resemblance to that of the famous Roman general, Julius Caesar. Legend has it that Caesar’s ancestors had undergone this procedure, thereby making this one of the oldest known surgical procedures in the world.
C-sections are usually scheduled when it becomes impossible to undergo normal vaginal birthing process, or when a sudden complication has occurred.
Given below are few of the situations that necessitate the use of C-sections for birth.
Are you carrying more than one child? If the ultrasound you took shows twins, triplets, etc. then it might be best to opt for a C-section procedure, so as to ensure the well-being of the mother and babies.
Pregnancy might trigger the occurrence of diabetes in the mother. If this happens, chances are that the baby being carried may become significantly larger than the average babies born. The birth weight of such babies will usually be more than 3 kg or 8 lb. Such babies cannot be delivered via a vaginal birth, thus prompting the need for C-sections.
During normal delivery, the head of the baby appears first, followed by the torso, and then the bottom and legs. A breech baby lies in the transverse position, whereby the bottom would emerge first before the head. This birth position at the time of delivery is quite risky, and most doctors prefer C-sections in such cases.
At times, the baby’s heartbeat may show variations, i.e., it could speed up, or slow down. Perhaps, the umbilical cord has prolapsed, or the baby has suddenly stopped moving. In such cases, the life of the baby, and even the expectant mother, will be seen as in immediate danger, and doctors will advise emergency C-section to save both lives.
Previous Birth By C-section
Usually, if the mother has already had a C-section in the past, then the next one will probably be the same, so as to avoid the chances of a ruptured uterus.
What To Expect?
The whole process could be quite overwhelming to mothers. However, rest assured, this is one of the safest surgeries being practised today. Make it a point to ask your gynecologist for more details, as this will help you be mentally prepared if the situation so arises.