Understanding the options and benefits of different birth positions, including C-Sections and assisted delivery
If your doctor feels that a normal delivery will put you or your baby’s health at risk, they will advise you to have a caesarean. These are some of the reasons why this decision might be made:
The procedure may vary slightly from hospital to hospital, but here is a general guide as to what will happen.
The delivery is over very quickly and all you should feel is a little pressure and pulling.
Unless you need a general anaesthetic or it’s an emergency, your birth partner can usually stay with you from start to finish.
After your baby is born, your placenta is delivered and the surgeon sews up your uterus and your abdomen. The whole procedure takes about 40 to 50 minutes, in total.
You’ll then be taken to a recovery room, to allow time for the anaesthetic to wear off. Your heart rate and blood pressure will also be checked. If you are breastfeeding, you may initially need help to position your baby.
In most cases, you’ll be up and about in 24 hours and out of hospital within five days, but it takes around 6 weeks to fully recover from a caesarean section, so you’ll need some extra help at home to give you time to rest and concentrate on your baby.
Having a caesarean section for your first baby does not necessarily mean that your next childbirth will end the same way. About 70% of women who try for a normal delivery after a caesarean section are successful.
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